Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is an American R&B/pop singer and actress, known for her wide repertoire of romantic pop ballads, dramatic mezzo-soprano vocal range, melismatic vocal skill, and vocal power.

Houston was born into a family of musical artists, including her mother, Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and godmother Aretha Franklin.

Whitney Houston released her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston, in 1985. The album reached number-one on the Billboard 200, and was the best-selling album by a female artist at the time of its release, having sold over 25 million copies internationally. Whitney Houston spawned 4 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. "Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know", and "Greatest Love of All" all reached number-one, while "You Give Good Love" reached number 3.

Since then, Houston has released a string of Hot 100 number-one hits, including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody", "Didn't We Almost Have it All", "So Emotional", "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", "I'm Your Baby Tonight", "All the Man that I Need", "Exhale (Shoop Shoop), and her signature, "I Will Always Love You", which went on to become the best-selling single by a female artist of all-time. This adds up to a total of 23 top 10 Hot 100 hits.

Houston also appears on the best-selling soundtrack of all-time, The Bodyguard, which reached number-one all over the world, including the Billboard 200, as well as the soundtrack for Waiting to Exhale, which performed similarly.

Whitney Houston is the most awarded female artist of all-time, having won 2 Emmys, 6 Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards (BMA's), 22 American Music Awards (AMA's). Along with several others, this adds up to a total of 415 awards internationlly.

Houston is one of the best-selling artists of all-time, having sold over 170 million albums worldwide. Houston is often referred to as the "Queen of Pop", alongside rivals Céline Dion and Mariah Carey, whom she is often compared to. Houston once recorded a duet with Carey entitled "When You Believe" for the Prince of Egypt soundtrack.

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