As I was preparing my first post on Whitney just as everyone else I was saddened, though not necessarily shocked. I was not really in writer’s mode and I did not want to go on and on about what was wrong with her life. So I made it short and sweet.
However, when I woke up this morning I felt that I did Whitney an injustice. So I am posting another piece in honor of Ms. Whitney Houston’s life.
News of Houston’s death was a shock to fans and celebrities alike.
Singer Aretha Franklin said, “I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy (Houston’s mother), her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown).”
Dolly Parton, who wrote “I Will Always Love You,” said, “mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”
Another entertainment legend, Quincy Jones, said he was “absolutely heartbroken” by the news. “She was a true original and a talent beyond compare,” he said.
In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her list of awards includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards. Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Whitney I am sure that I can say for myself and many others you are a musical icon and you will be greatly missed.