MISSED: Whitney Houston (PA)
WHITNEY HOUSTON'S family, friends and fans will today remember the singer’s amazing achievements over the years.
The Voice has put together some interesting facts about the late, great songstress, on the second anniversary of her death.
1: The singer was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey.
2: She started out as a fashion model in the early 1980s, becoming one of the first black women to cover Seventeen magazine.
3: Whitney’s self-titled debut album is listed as one of the 500 greatest albums of all-time by Rolling Stone and is on the Rock N Roll’s Hall of Fame definitive 200 album list.
4: I Will Always Love You is the best-selling single by a female artist, and the biggest- selling non-charity single of all time, with world sales of nearly nine million copies.
5: Houston won a Grammy in 1986 for Saving All My Love For You; the award was presented to the singer by her cousin Dionne Warwick.
6: In 2005 and 2006, Houston entered two drug rehab programmes after she admitted to using hard drugs like cocaine.
7: In 2007, Whitney Houston divorced husband and father of her child, Bobby Brown.
8: Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown controversially started dating Nick Gordon, her adopted brother who was raised by Whitney.
In July the 20-year-old took to Facebook to put rumors straight and announced their engagement, saying: “YES, we me nick are engaged.”
“I'm tired of hearing people say 'eww [you’re] engaged to your brother' or ‘if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.’”
She also pointed out that the two are not “real brother and sister” and that Nick is not even her adoptive brother. “My mom never adopted him,” she wrote. “In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she new that we were going to start dating.”
9: Houston died, aged 48, in Beverly Hills February 11, 2012, from drowning in a hotel bath tub. A ‘white powdery' substance, believed to be cocaine, was detected in the singer’s system in post-mortem tests.