America’s Sweetheart: Remembering Whitney Houston on the 5th Anniversary of Her Death

“It’s a marvelous feeling to be looked at, but not be judged. Judged not for your flaws, but for your triumphs.” – Whitney Houston, BET Honors

A young Whitney Houston at the age of 22 photographed by Steven Miesel. Photo via ART & COMMERCE.
Like many other people, my childhood was filled with the voice of legendary singer Whitney Houston. Armed with vocals that melted the coldest heart, the beauty of a supermodel, confidence that commanded every stage and charisma that made her even more lovable, I thought she had it all.

In my book, Whitney Houston was perfect. She could do no wrong. She could sing…she could act…she could model… She was RICH! She had the ability to do everything I’ve ever wanted to do. (deep sigh) How wrong could I have been?

In the years leading up to Whitney Houston’s death, the world found out that America’s sweetheart wasn’t a supernatural being. Her struggle with drugs and relationship problems became public ruining the squeaky clean image we’d all grown to love.

Whitney Houston wasn’t perfect. She was a talented human being who was placed on a very high pedestal.

Five years ago,  American singer, actress, producer, and model Whitney Elizabeth Houston seemed to be reclaiming her life. She was recording new music and acting in a new movie. There were even claims that the ex-wife of R&B Singer Bobby Brown had started a new relationship.

Unfortunately, before Whitney Houston could even enjoy the fruit of the moment, she drowned in a Beverly Hilton bathtub on February 11, 2012 at the age of 48. Over the course of the singer’s career, she won six Grammys and sold 170 million albums, singles and videos.

Here are five of Whitney Houston’s  greatest hits:

1. I Will Always Love You

2. I Have Nothing

3. When You Believe

4. Run To You

5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody

What are some of your favorite Whitney Houston hits? Leave them in the comment section below.





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