Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in her hotel room this Saturday, the eve of the biggest music event of the year, the Grammy’s. Houston’s publicist confirmed the news of the legendary singer’s death to the Associated Press and according to CNN, Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Beverly Hilton Hotel is also the venue for the annual pre-Grammy party by the veteran executive and the man who discovered Houston, Clive Davis. Houston was also set to perform at the pre-Grammy party.
The beautiful model and singer has been stunning audiences with her voice ever since her first single “You Give Good Love,” which released February of 1985. Taking inspiration from artists like her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston and Godmother, Aretha Franklin, she created her own blend of soul and pop that gave her an edge over the other female R&B singers of her era. Not only did her self-titled debut album top charts, but also her follow up albums did as well! In 1991 Houston’s version of the Star Spangled Banner became an anthem during the Persion Gulf War, a true inspiration to the nation.
Then with the release of the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard” Houston proved not only her skill as a movie star but also that she was the Queen of Pop with a 20 week run at the top of the charts! When Houston settled down and married Bobby Brown in 1992, turbulent marriage took a toll on the artist and her drug and alcohol problems rose to the surface. She even told Diane Sawyer in an interview back in 2002 that she planned to return to the industry. The artist’s health deteriorated and her defiant behavior was clear in the reality show “Being Bobby Brown” out in 2004.
Houston’s album “I Look To You” released in 2009 did do quite well but it didn’t reach Houston’s former height and then in 2010’s “Nothing but Love World Tour” angry fans left demanding refunds because Houston was not fit to sing! After these failed attempts at a return and a stint in rehab, a new and improved Houston was set to perform at the pre-Grammy event Saturday night. She had also just wrapped up a remake of the movie “Sparkle,” which is based on the journey of the unforgettable group led by Diana Ross, the Supremes. Simon Cowell also told CNN that Houston and Cowell had a meeting set on Monday to speak of Houston joining the “X Factor” as a judge as well.
Now we’ll never know what would have happened. The beautiful voice who inspired a new generation of singers including talented singers like Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, is no longer with us. May she rest in peace. We will always love you Whitney!!
From all of us at Urban Asian we would like to send our condolences to all of Whitney Houston’s friends and family.