Whitney Houston: 6 performances from the legendary singer [Video]
Whitney Houston, who died Saturday in Beverly Hills, burst on the scene with her debut album in February 1985.
There have been turbulent times in the last decade or so, but Houston's status as one of the top-selling female singers ever is not questioned.
As of 2010, Houston had won the most awards of any female artist ever--415--according to Guinness World Records, including two Emmys, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 American Music Awards.
Here are a few of the performances from the artist often nicknamed "The Voice."
Houston brought down the house at the 1994 Grammys with her cover of “I Will Always Love You.” The hit song, made popular by the film “The Bodyguard,” also helped land her three Grammys that same year. She won for best female pop vocal performance for the song, as well as album and record of the year for the film’s soundtrack.
"Star-Spangled Banner" (1991)
One of the most popular versions ever sang, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed by Houston at Super Bowl XXV in 1991. The single was so touted that it was later released as a single and became the only version of the song to be certified platinum.
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" (1988)
In 1988, stars like Houston and Tracy Chapman traveled to London to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday with a tribute. With Mandela still in prison, the highly political concert was also known as Freedomfest. Before singing “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” Houston told a reporter, “I think [this day] is important to me and a whole world of people. I think it makes them aware that one courageous individual has been in prison for so long and taken away from his family, the closeness of his family, you know, physically."
"That's What Friends Are For" (1987)
Houston took the stage with three fellow giants of popular music, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and her cousin Dionne Warwick, at the 1987 Soul Train Music Awards. Together the makeshift group belted out Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager’s “That’s What Friends Are For” for the crowd.
"Saving All My Love" (1985)
One of Houston's earliest television performances was on David Letterman's show "Late Night," and she sang one of her biggest early hits from her debut album. The songstress had been on "The Merv Griffin Show," but this performance helped spread her early fame.
"I'm Every Woman" (1994 performance)
This hit remake of Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" featured a pregnant Houston on the music video, and became something of a female anthem worldwide, as this performance later in Brazil illustrates. The song, written by songwriting duo Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, was another hit from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack.
-- Emily Christianson and Jevon Phillips
Photo: Whitney Houston. Credit: Associated Press