Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

R&B Singer

Whitney Houston was an iconic R&B singer and actress who rose to fame in the 1980s and 90s. She was renowned for her powerful voice and mesmerizing stage presence, selling over 200 million records worldwide during her career.

Full Name
Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Aug 9, 1963
Feb 11, 2012
5' 4"
Net Worth


Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. Her zodiac sign is Leo, and her ethnicity is African-American. She was the daughter of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. and gospel singer Cissy Houston. Whitney was raised in a musical household and started singing in church as a young child. She also sang with the family's backup vocal group, The Drinkard Singers.

Houston began performing as a solo artist in 1978 and released her self-titled debut album in 1985 which featured hits such as “You Give Good Love” and “Saving All My Love for You”. Her second album, 1987's “Whitney” earned her two Grammy Awards and featured the number one singles “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Didn't We Almost Have It All”. Her third album I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990) earned her another Grammy Award.

In 1993 she starred opposite Kevin Costner in the romantic drama film "The Bodyguard" which became one of the highest grossing films of that year. She also recorded six songs for its soundtrack including "I Will Always Love You" which went on to become the best selling single by a female artist ever according to Guinness World Records. In 1995 she released the double platinum album Waiting to Exhale which included four Top Ten singles: "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", "Why Does It Hurt So Bad", "Count On Me" featuring CeCe Winans, and "Step By Step".

Houston won several more awards throughout her career including six Grammys, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, two Emmy Awards nominations, a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, four People's Choice Awards, five Soul Train Music Awards, among others as well as being inducted into both The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2020. She passed away suddenly at 48 years old on February 11th 2012 due to drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1963</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Whitney Houston is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On August 9, 1963, Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Sings for the 1st Time on Record</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Houston sings background vocals on Chaka Khan's single "I'm Every Woman."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Self-Titled Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases her self-titled debut album which goes on to sell millions of copies and produce four #1 singles.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1992</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Bobby Brown</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Houston marries R&B singer Bobby Brown on July 18, 1992.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Divorce from Bobby Brown</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Houston and Brown's divorce is finalized after two years of marriage.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Whitney's Greatest Hits Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Houston releases her greatest hits compilation album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Whitney Houston Dies at Age 48</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Houston is found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, 2012.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She Had an Incredible Voice</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Whitney Houston had an incredible voice. She was able to effortlessly belt out powerful ballads and moving love songs. Her voice was so amazing that it made her one of the most beloved singers of all time.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She Was a Great Performer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Whitney Houston was also an incredible performer. She had a stage presence that was unparalleled, and she always put on a great show. Her performances were always entertaining and gave her fans something to look forward to.</p></div>

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She Was a Pioneer for Women in Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Whitney Houston was also a pioneer for women in music. She broke down barriers for female singers in the industry and showed them that they could be successful. She set an example for young women everywhere that hard work and determination can lead to success.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First African American Artist with a No. 1 Album</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Whitney Houston was the first African American artist to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with her second studio album, Whitney.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Record for Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Whitney Houston has the record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her song “I Will Always Love You” staying there for 14 weeks.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Guinness World Record Holder</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Whitney Houston set the Guinness World Record for having the most consecutive weeks spent in the US Top 40 with an incredible 86 weeks!</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Grammy Award Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Whitney Houston has won a total of 6 Grammy Awards throughout her career, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Album of the Year.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> First Female Artist to Entertain at Super Bowl Half Time Show</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2004, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to ever perform at a Super Bowl halftime show, singing a medley of some of her biggest hits.</p></div>


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