66 Facts About Whitney Houston

1. In 2015, biographical film Whitney Houston premiered on Lifetime directed by Houston's Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett.

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2. Whitney Houston was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013.

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3. Whitney Houston's was ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 55 million certified albums sold in the US, and held an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University, Louisiana.

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4. Whitney Houston's debut album is listed as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine and is on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Definitive 200 list.

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5. Whitney Houston's was ranked at number 116 on their list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time".

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6. In May 2003, Whitney Houston placed at number three on VH1's list of "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era", behind Madonna and Janet Jackson.

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7. Whitney Houston's had the record for the most WMAs won in a single year, winning five awards at the 6th World Music Awards in 1994.

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8. Whitney Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its fourth ceremony in 1993.

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9. Whitney Houston's told Newsday that she learned from Houston the "difference between being able to sing and knowing how to sing".

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10. Alicia Keys said "Whitney Houston is an artist who inspired me from [the time I was] a little girl.

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11. Whitney Houston's was, alongside Michael Jackson and Madonna, one of the crucial figures to hybridize pop in the 1980s, though her strategy was far less radical than that of her peers.

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12. Whitney Houston was a mezzo-soprano, and was commonly referred to as "The Voice" in reference to her exceptional vocal talent.

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13. Whitney Houston was featured, alongside other recently deceased figures from the movie industry, in the In Memoriam montage at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.

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14. Whitney Houston was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare.

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15. Whitney Houston's was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn't scheduled to perform.

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16. Whitney Houston was buried on February 19, 2012, in Fairview Cemetery, in Westfield, New Jersey, next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.

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17. Whitney Houston is credited as an executive producer of the film.

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18. Whitney Houston appeared on the Italian version of The X Factor, performing "Million Dollar Bill", this time to excellent reviews.

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19. Whitney Houston appeared as guest mentor on The X Factor in the United Kingdom.

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20. Whitney Houston's performed the song "I Look to You" on the German television show Wetten, dass.

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21. Whitney Houston appeared on European television programs to promote the album.

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22. Whitney Houston released her new album, I Look to You, in August 2009.

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23. Whitney Houston's told Oprah that before The Bodyguard her drug use was light, that she used drugs more heavily after the film's success and the birth of her daughter, and that by 1996 "[doing drugs] was an everyday thing.

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24. Whitney Houston admitted on the show to having used drugs with former husband Bobby Brown during their marriage; Houston said Brown had "laced marijuana with rock cocaine".

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25. Whitney Houston gave her first interview in seven years in September 2009, appearing on Oprah Winfrey's season premiere.

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26. Whitney Houston produced the album with Mervyn Warren and Gordon Chambers.

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27. In late 2003, Whitney Houston released her first Christmas album One Wish: The Holiday Album, with a collection of traditional holiday songs.

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28. In December 2002, Whitney Houston released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney.

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29. In 2002, Whitney Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise.

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30. Whitney Houston received the Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements in the field of entertainment at the 12th Soul Train Music Awards.

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31. Whitney Houston was to play Dandridge, the first African American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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32. Whitney Houston recorded and co-produced, with Mervyn Warren, the film's accompanying gospel soundtrack.

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33. The San Francisco Chronicle said Whitney Houston "is rather angelic herself, displaying a divine talent for being virtuous and flirtatious at the same time", and she "exudes gentle yet spirited warmth, especially when praising the Lord in her gorgeous singing voice".

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34. Whitney Houston earned $10 million for the role, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood at the time and the highest-earning African-American actress in Hollywood.

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35. Whitney Houston's plays a gospel-singing wife of a pastor.

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36. In 1996, Whitney Houston starred in the holiday comedy The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington.

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37. Whitney Houston has shed the defensive hauteur that made her portrayal of a pop star in 'The Bodyguard' seem so distant.

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38. In October 1994, Whitney Houston attended and performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela.

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39. Whitney Houston placed in the top five of Entertainment Weeklys annual "Entertainer of the Year" ranking and was labeled by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.

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40. Whitney Houston won three Grammys for the album in 1994, including two of the Academy's highest honors, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

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41. Whitney Houston executive-produced and contributed six songs for the motion picture's adjoining soundtrack album.

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42. The Washington Post said Whitney Houston was "doing nothing more than playing Houston", but added that she came out "largely unscathed if that is possible in so cockamamie an undertaking".

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43. On March 4, 1993, Whitney Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, the couple's only child.

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44. Whitney Houston took a more urban direction with her third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight, released in November 1990.

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45. Whitney Houston was a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement.

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46. Whitney Houston's was the highest-earning African-American woman overall and the third highest entertainer after Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy.

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47. Whitney Houston won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Music Award.

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48. At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Whitney Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody".

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49. Whitney Houston became the first woman to generate four number-one singles from one album.

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50. At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston was nominated for three awards including Album of the Year.

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51. At the time, Whitney Houston released the best-selling debut album by a solo artist.

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52. Whitney Houston's was then an opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne on his nationwide tour.

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53. Whitney Houston convinced Arista's head Clive Davis to make time to see Houston perform.

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54. Whitney Houston's appeared as a lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983.

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55. Whitney Houston's was featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial.

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56. Whitney Houston's appeared in Seventeen and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of the magazine.

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57. Whitney Houston was exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an influence on her as a singer and performer.

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58. At the age of 11, Whitney Houston started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she learned to play the piano.

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59. Whitney Houston was raised a Baptist, but was exposed to the Pentecostal church.

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60. Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.

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61. Whitney Houston made other high-profile film appearances, including Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife (1996).

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62. Whitney Houston's recorded seven songs for the film's soundtrack, including "I Will Always Love You", which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history.

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63. Whitney Houston made her screen acting debut in the romantic thriller film The Bodyguard.

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64. Whitney Houston's became the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Saving All My Love for You" in 1985 to "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in 1988.

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65. Whitney Houston's released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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66. Whitney Houston's was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.

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