Whitney Houston performs at the 37th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Music icon Whitney Houston was born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey and died February 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 48. A pop singer, fashion model, and actress, Houston is one of the best selling recording artists of all time.

Singer Whitney Houston poses backstage with her seven awards at the 21st annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Feb. 7, 1994. Houston won favorite female artist, pop/rock; favorite female artist, soul/rhythm and blues; favorite single, “I Will Always Love You,” soul/rhythm and blues; and the Award of Merit. The soundtrack for “The Bodyguard” won favorite album in the categories of pop/rock, soul/rhythm and blues and adult contemporary. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac)

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Over her career, Houston sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like “Saving All My Love For You,” ‘’I Will Always Love You,” ‘’The Greatest Love of All” and “I’m Every Woman.” Her six Grammys were only a fraction of her many awards. Houston had her first No. 1 hit by the time she was 22, followed by a flurry of No. 1 songs and multi-platinum records.

SOURCE: Orange County Register – Miriam Velasquez

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