Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Whitney Houston

Complete Name: Whitney Elizabeth Houston (African Americans)

Birth : August 9, 1963

Profession : Singer, actress, film producer, record producer, songwriter, former fashion model.

Music Group : R & B


Ø Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, Song: Saving All My Love for You

Ø Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Ø American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award for "Greatest Love of All"

Ø Second Grammy for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"


Ø Houston made her big screen debut, opposite Kevin Costner, in The Bodyguard.

Houston was became one the first black artists to receive regular rotation on MTV in the network's early years during a white male rock dominated time, on 1980. Her debut album became the biggest selling debut album of all time for a solo artist (a record that has since been broken), her follow up album became the first album by a female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and she had a record seven consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Houston continued her success into Hollywood in the 1990s, starting with the box office hit The Bodyguard. The soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, and the single "I Will Always Love You" the best-selling single by a female artist and 6th best-selling song in history of music. She continued the decade with other successful and culturally significant projects before returning to the studio. Houston is the fourth best-selling female recording artist according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and is the "The Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time" according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

After Houston married former R&B singer Bobby Brown at the height of her career, rumors of drug and spousal abuse started to affect her career. This led to a decline in her public image and her album sales dropped during the 2000s. Her personal troubles and erratic behavior became more talked about than any of her music, with stories regularly appearing in the tabloid press. Houston underwent two drug rehab programs in 2005 and 2006. After a successful second program in 2006, Houston divorced Brown and gained custody of their only daughter. She has since been working on her 7th studio album with music mogul and close friend and mentor Clive Davis, who confirmed that the album will be released in November 2008.

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