I just read the sad news that Whitney Elizabeth Houston ( August 9, 1963-February 11, 2012 ) died. The world has lost a great person.
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Music mogul Simon Cowell described Houston as “one of the greatest singers of all time”, and said he expected tonight’s Grammys to become a tribute to the “trailblazer” and “legend”.
He told Heart FM: ” … you have to remember a lot of the people who are going to be getting awards at the Grammys, they owe an awful lot of their success, I believe, to Whitney, because Whitney was a trailblazer. It’s a night she deserves to be remembered fondly.”
Born into a family of prodigious musical talent, she was for more than a decade one of the world’s most celebrated singers, possessed of a purity of voice and a diva’s grace that captured the hearts of audiences and influenced a generation of artists.
But today’s Grammy’s ceremony in Los Angeles will become a memorial and a wake for the 48-year-old, who was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room just after 3.30pm on Saturday local time . Tributes flowed from fans and music royalty as news spread of her death.
“Whitney Houston was not only an amazing artist but also a beautiful person. She was so smart and her knowledge and appreciation for the musical art form was remarkable,” Motown founder and R&B legend Berry Gordy said in a statement.
Houston was inspired to sing as a child by soul singers in her New Jersey family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick. Her godmother was Aretha Franklin.
For a decade and a half, she ruled the charts: 170 million albums sold, including seven back-to-back multi-platinum ones.
Numerous No. 1 hits, including the biggest-selling U.S. single of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”
Emmys, Grammys, Billboard Music awards. Dozens of them.
At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world’s best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.” MSNBC http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46355482#.TzfQXFGlOSo
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Special Grammy Tribute By Jennifer Hudson
On this February 12th the song of earth is hushed by the passing of Miss Houston. Tears fill our eyes as we remember the beautiful songbird which brought so much happiness and joy to so many of us.
This talented individual graced this planet traversing the cosmos for only 48 years. Her life reflects a summary of the men and women who struggle to reach fame and success.
With all that comes with fame and fortune trouble accompanies the individual. This was the case with Miss Houston. Her troubled life was the fodder of numerous tabloid articles and pictures. Unfortunately, her tragic death will feed those rags of indiscretion and insensitivity.
Perhaps, Miss Houston will find a dance partner in the cosmic ocean where she will find love and acceptance. With that voice of a songbird there will be a place for her voice which graced so many on this planet traversing the cosmos. Perhaps, at night if we listen carefully to the cosmic harmony, we will hear a new star song named Whitney.
G. D. Williams © 2012
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