Whitney Houston Dies
Six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston died Feb. 11, according to a report by the Associated Press. She was 48. A cause of death was not disclosed.
Arguably one of the most successful female pop singers ever, Houston released her self-titled debut album in 1985, garnering a GRAMMY nomination for the prestigious Album Of The Year honor. She won her first GRAMMY that same year for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for the No. 1 hit "Saving All My Love For You." Houston experienced continued success at the GRAMMY Awards through the '80s and mid-'90s, subsequently earning trophies for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" in 1987, and Record and Album Of The Year in 1993 for "I Will Always Love You" and The Bodyguard — Original Soundtrack, respectively. Houston's most recent GRAMMY win came in 1999 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "It's Not Right But It's Okay." Her most recent release, 2009's I Look To You, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking Houston's third career chart-topping album.
"Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."
According to Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards, the GRAMMYs plan to honor Whitney's life with a “respectful musical tribute” that will feature Jennifer Hudson. “It’s too fresh in everyone's memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn't recognize Whitney's remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the GRAMMY telecast and her GRAMMY wins and nominations over the years."