Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963. The multi-Grammy winning singer has had an unequaled run of seven consecutive No. 1 records during the 80s and held the No. 1 spot on singles charts for 14 weeks with I Will Always Love You in 1993. Elysa Gardner of Los Angeles Times said of her vocal abililty, "She is first and foremost a pop diva―at that, the best one we have. No other female pop star―not Mariah Carey, not Celine Dion, not even Barbra Streisand―quite rivals Houston in her exquisite vocal fluidity and purity of tone, and her ability to infuse a lyric with mesmerizing melodrama." She is commonly referred to as "The Voice", in reference to her exceptional vocal talent. Whitney passed away in Beverly Hills on February 11, 2012, one night before she was set to take the stage at the Grammy Awards.
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