Whitney Houston Biography

Whitney Houston was a famous American singer and actress who is known for her songs like ‘Saving All My Love for You’ and ‘Greatest Love of All’. To know more about her childhood, career, profile and timeline read on

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Whitney Elizabeth Houston, Houston, Whitney, The Prom Queen of Soul, Nippy, The Voice
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John Russell Houston
Cissy Houston
Michael Houston, Gary Garland
Bobby Brown
Bobbi Kristina Brown
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Beverly Hills
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Net worth:
$20 Million
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Mount Saint Dominic Academy
Humanitarian Work:
Supported children welfare organizations
Grammy Award for Album of the Year - 1994
Grammy Award for Record of the Year - 1994
Billboard Music Special Millennium Award - 2012
MTV Europe Music Award for Global Icon - 2012
Grammy Hall of Fame Award - 2013
American Music Award International Artist Award - 2009
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - 1994-1988-1986
MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B - 1999
Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - 2000
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album - 2013-1997-1994
MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video - 1986
MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie - 1993
Juno Award for International Album of the Year - 1994
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song - 2013-1996
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album - 1994-1987
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist - 1994-1989-1988
Soul Train Music Award for Quincy Jones Award – Career Achievement - 1998
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album - 1994-1987
BET Lifetime Achievement Award - 2001
Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist - 1993
People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist - 1998-1993-1989
Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance - 2012
American Music Award of Merit - 1994
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist - 1985
People's Choice Award for Favorite Music Video - 1993
NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year - 1994
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture - 1997
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single - 1994-1986
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program - 1986
Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single Female - 1996-1993
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group - 1999
American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist - 1997
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video - 2010-1994
Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album Female - 1988
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist - 1994-1989-1987
Echo Award for Hall of Fame - 2012
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single - 1994-1988
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist 2000-1996-1994
Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album - 1991
BAmerican Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Video - 1987-1986
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Artist - 1997
Soul Train Music Award for Sammy Davis Jr. – Entertainer of the Year - 1994
Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist - 1991
American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Album - 1994
NRJ Music Award for International Album of the Year - 2000
Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year - 1994
Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame - 1995
Billboard Music Award for No. 1 World Single - 1993
Soul Train Music Special Artist of the Decade Award for Extraordinary Artistic Achievements-Female - 2000
Billboard Music Award for No.1 World Artist - 1993
World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Female Pop Artist - 1994

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The American singer, actress, model, and producer, Whitney Houston is one of the world’s most successful female entertainers of all time. Having been exposed to a family with a musical background, the naturally talented beauty became inspired to sing and play the piano at an early age. She entered the entertainment industry by touring nightclubs with her mother, while singing and modeling, until eventually signing her own recording contract and coming out with her debut album. This musical introduction would not only become her best-selling studio album to-date, but would earn her a Grammy, thrusting her into super-pop-stardom, followed by a string of Hollywood film features and production efforts. Throughout her career, she released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, winning her various awards. Her powerful voice, spirit, and beauty redefined the image of a soul artist. As much as the renowned singer was an international icon and inspiration to females, emerging recording artists, and the community, she also faced some personal challenges that would impair her influential status. From drug addictions to a troubled relationship with husband Bobby Brown, Houston’s reputation was painted with a series of eventful ups and downs before she ultimately succumbed to her tragic death

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Whitney Houston
Childhood & Early Life
  • Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9th, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Grammy-award-winning gospel singer, Emily “Cissy” Houston and John R. Houston, who managed his daughter’s production company.
  • She was no stranger to the entertainment industry, stemming from a line of singers and actresses. Not only did her mother’s vocal group, the ‘Sweet Inspirations’, sing backup for Aretha Franklin, but her cousins Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick are also renowned singers, as well as her godmother, Darlene Love.
  • She began performing in her church’s gospel choir as a soloist at the age of eleven and learned to play the piano. While attending Catholic school, she took voice lessons from her mother, with whom she would occasionally perform in nightclubs.
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  • In 1977, she was a backup singer for Michael Zager Band’s single ‘Life’s a Party’ and the following year she sang on Chaka Khan’s single ‘I’m Every Woman’. She was offered an opportunity to sign with a recording company, but her mother declined so she would finish high school.
  • In the early 1980s, at seventeen, she worked as a model, appearing in several magazines including, ‘Seventeen’, where she became the first African American to be featured on the cover. She also took on acting gigs appearing in TV show episodes such as, ‘Gimme a Break’, while continuing to develop her vocal skills.
  • In 1983, she signed with ‘Arista Records’. President Clive Davis spent the next couple years assembling lyricists and producers to balance her gospel-like sound with contemporary melodies.
  • In 1985, her debut album, ‘Whitney Houston’ gradually became the number one selling album of her career. She received numerous accolades and toured sold-out concerts in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Through the late 1980s, hits rocketed to the top of billboard charts. She reached a record of seven consecutive number one hits and became the first woman to produce four number-one singles from one album. In 1991, while contemplating an acting career and lead role in ‘The Bodyguard’, she performed her legendary rendition of the national anthem at the ‘Super Bowl’.
  • In 1992, she married singer Bobby Brown, who she had met a few years prior. She accepted the role in ‘The Bodyguard’, and was pregnant with daughter, Bobbi Kristina for most of the filming.
  • The picture grossed $390 million at the box office and its soundtrack produced one of the longest-running, number one singles of all time, Houston’s version of Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’.
  • By 1993, she was at the pinnacle of her career. She went on to star in and produce several hits such as, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ (1995), ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ (1996), and ‘Sparkle’ (2012).
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Major Works
  • Her debut album, ‘Whitney Houston,’ is her most successful, selling over 24 million copies. She is best known for her role in ‘The Bodyguard’ and its soundtrack. Her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ is the best-selling single by any female singer and the album sold over 200 million copies worldwide.
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Awards & Achievements
  • She has won over 400 awards including, six ‘Grammys’, two ‘Emmys’, ‘30 Billboard Music Awards’, and 22 ‘American Music Awards’.
  • In 2009, ‘Guinness World Records’ cited her as the most awarded female musician of all time.
  • She is the only woman to have more than one album spend at least ten weeks at No. one. She had three: ‘Whitney Houston’, ‘Whitney’, and ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Whitney met Bobby Brown at an awards ceremony and the two started dating. Eventually after courting each other for three years, the couple exchanged nuptial vows on July 18th, 1992.
  • However in 2007, she and Bobby Brown divorced. She gained custody of daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
  • She fought a long battle with drug and alcohol abuse. She entered rehab twice and in 2011, enrolled in an outpatient program.
  • She supported several organizations for children. The ‘Whitney Foundation for Children’ continues her work and legacy.
  • Boston named the ‘Hearing and Language Disorder Clinic’ of ‘The National Birth Defect Center’ as the ‘Whitney Houston Hearing and Language Disorder Clinic’.
  • On February 11th, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, she was discovered unconscious in the bathtub of her suite. At the time of death, the cause was declared an “accidental drowning”. However, the toxicology report later noted five illegal substances that contributed to her death.
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Net Worth
  • Despite her achievements, her enduring struggle with drug addiction created financial complications for this talented singer. At the time of her death, her reported worth was -$20 million. The surge in sales of her albums after her death increased the value of her estate to an estimated $100 million.
  • Her father nicknamed this famous personality ‘Nippy’, as a baby, because she kept removing her blanket during the winter. She later named her management company, ‘Nippy Inc.’

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