We’ll always love Whitney Houston, but we never love her more than when we’re remembering her on her birthday.
Whitney, the most awarded female act of all-time, passed away in 2012. But the late six-time Grammy award winner will always be fondly remembered for her powerhouse singing voice.
The New Jersey native was an extremely sought-after teenage model and one of the first African American women to grace the cover of “Seventeen” magazine before releasing her self-titled debut album at 22.
The album spawned three number one singles, including her Grammy award-winning hit “Saving All My Love for You,” and put her on track to become the only artist to ever chart seven consecutive number one Billboard Hot 100 hits.
Following the monumental success of her first album, Houston – the goddaughter of Motown R&B legend Aretha Franklin – came out with her second studio album, aptly titled “Whitney.”
The record gave Houston the distinction of being the first female artist to have the first four singles from an album peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It wasn’t the end of the accolades she garnered due to the album, as she won her second Grammy at the 30th edition of the awards show in 1988 for her astronomically successful feel-good single “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
Houston used her success as a vocalist to launch a career in film, with her first starring role coming in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” alongside A-list actor Kevin Costner.
Houston supplied her all-star vocals for the soundtrack of the film, which stayed atop the Billboard charts as the number one album for five straight months.
Two more big screen appearances would come for Houston - with starring roles in the 1995 romance drama “Waiting to Exhale” and in the 1996 holiday comedy “The Preacher’s Wife” – before returning to her musical roots on a full-time basis.
Whitney then dedicated herself to the recording of her fourth studio album “My Love is Your Love,” which was released to the public in November of 1998 – eight years after the release of her third studio album “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”
As a result of highly popular singles such as “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” her fourth studio album “My Love is Your Love,” sold four million copies in the United States alone, assisting the soul singer in becoming the top-selling female R&B artist of the 20th century.
After a long battle with substance abuse, Whitney passed away on February 11, 2012, just one day before the 54th Grammy Awards.
In honor of Houston, Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Houston by performing her timeless hit “I Will Always Love You” at the 2012 Grammys.
She continues to be remembered, as exemplified by the recent efforts of Lifetime to make a biopic film – directed by Angela Bassett – looking back at her career and marriage to Brown.
And on this celebration of Whitney’s birthday, let’s remember all the moments of her career that continue to impress us to this day!