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Fans, Celebrities Remembered Whitney Houston on her Natal Day

The Late Pop Icon Whitney Houston  

Los Angeles, California – Millions of fans including celebrities paid tribute to Whitney Houston, the pop idol who died from uncertain conditions on February 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Among celebrities who extended their gratitude and birthday messages to  Houston, using social media, included Brandy and Monica.

“Happy Heavenly Birthday Nippy … You still inspire many & touch hearts daily… You will forever be the greatest …. You will forever be missed,” Monica captioned a black and white photo of Houston, who died at the age of 48.

Then hours later, Brandy shared her own.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963 was an African-American. She had many talents; she was a singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all-time.

Houston was one of pop music’s best-selling artist of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.

Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I know” influenced several African-American women artists who follow in her footsteps.

Houston was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs. She was the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Albums”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts.

Houston’s self-titled debut album (1985) became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986, and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Album of All Time.

Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Houston also made her screen acting debut as Rachel Marron in the romantic thriller film The Bodyguard (1992). She performed the lead single from the film’s original soundtrack, “I Will Always Love You,” which received the Grammy Award for the Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history.

With the soundtrack, which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1994, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system.

The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 lists of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston made other high-profile film appearances and contributed to their soundtracks, including Waiting to Exhale 1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The latter’s soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

Whitney and daughter Bobbi

 

 

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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