Celebrating Whitney Houston

By Rickiea Cohen

The sudden death of musical pop icon Whitney Houston at the age of 48, left some shocked and in disbelief and others emotional and distraught at the fact that she was really gone.  Houston died on February 11, 2012 in a Beverly Hills Hotel. The autopsy results have yet to be released. The funeral service was held yesterday, February 18, 2012 at the  New Hope Baptist Church.

Whitney Houston

Houston was a fantastic entertainer; loving friend and overall a mother, who strived to make her family, friends and fans happy, while still trying to live her life to the fullest said by her

Houston met R&B singer Bobby Brown, at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. After dating for three-years, the two were married on July 18, 1992. On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown.

Houston is known for having the #4 album in the country The Bodyguard, in 1994, which sold over 44 million copies, labeling her as one of the best-selling female artists of all time.

Houston was also known for her number one hits such as You Give Good Love, I Have Nothing, I Will Always Love You, Heartbreak Hotel, and Shoop, just to name a few.

Tyisha Massey said “I know I’m only 20, but I know a lot of Whitney songs, my mother used to play all of her classics when I was younger. So to hear that she has passed away really made me sad.”

Houston was scheduled to perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards but Jennifer Hudson had to stand in her place, to pay homage to her idol.

Shayna Breeland said, “It would have been really good to see Whitney perform at the awards, but to see Jennifer sing that song I will always love you with such love and power really touched me”.

Houston most recent album, I Look to You was released August 2009 and hit the #1 Billboard charts and she was currently working on an album that was to be released.

Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.

Overall, Houston is remembered by her vibrant smile, loving aura and powerful voice. She will be truly missed.

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