Award-winning musician and actress Whitney Houston would have turned 56 today.
Known for her breathtaking voice and hit songs, Houston enjoyed a very successful career spanning several decades, selling over 200 million records, including albums, singles and videos worldwide.
With 7 albums to her name, Houston broke several records and, undoubtedly, was an inspiration to up and coming female and coloured musicians during her prime.
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Some of her notable feats include being the first musician to receive the most Billboard awards in one night when she took home 11 in 1993, as well as, being the first female artist to have two certified 10× platinum albums with her debut eponymous album and The Bodyguard Soundtrack.
Houston made her acting debut in 1992 when she was cast alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. A box office success, the album for the movie also “launched her to a new level of superstardom.”
The first single of the album spent 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, which was a record at the time. It earned Record Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 36th Grammy Awards. The Bodyguard, which is the best-selling soundtrack of all time with over 45 million copies sold worldwide, was also named Album of the Year.
To celebrate her legacy, Face2Face Africa shares with you 12 of her greatest hits: