Three years after music legend Whitney Houston left the stage, her legacy continues to influence the music industry, and her death still haunts the world. Reflect back on the career of a singer who earned the title, “The Voice.”

1983: Houston with music producer Clive Davis shortly after signing a contract with Arista Records. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Houston’s rise to international stardom is often cited as one the largest influence for black artists being granted mainstream airplay, along with Michael Jackson. Her video of “How Will I Know” become the first music video by a black woman to receive heavy rotation on MTV. Her breakthrough success is said to have paved the way for other black female artists, including Janet Jackson and Anita Baker.

In her acting debut as the star of The Bodyguard (1992), Houston also performed for the film’s soundtrack. The most notable track included was Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which became a worldwide success and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Houston’s recognition in music history continues to stand as a monument of pop culture. Apart from being one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she is cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being most awarded female artist of all time. Throughout her career, Houston won a total of 415 awards, including two Emmys, six Grammys, 22 American Music Awards and 30 Billboard Music Awards.

To this day, Houston holds the record as the artist with the most (seven) consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Her second album, Whitney became the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1.

WE LOVE YOU WHITNEY!!! Continue to rest peacefully!!!!

July 1984: Houston, left, and Jermaine Jackson sing during a rehearsal for the CBS television soap opera "As the World Turns" in New York. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Jan. 1986: Houston shows her American Music Award, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Calif. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Sept. 1987: Houston performs at New York's Madison Square Garden. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Mar. 1988: poses with her Grammy at the annual Grammy Awards presentation after winning best female vocalist for her single "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Feb 1996: Arista Records head Clive Davis, left, at his 10th annual pre-Grammy party with, from left, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, and Bobby Brown. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Oct. 1997: Houston with husband Bobby Brown at the premiere of "The Wonderful World of Disney" movie "Cinderella." Houston served as Exec Producer and played the fairy godmother. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Sept. 1998: Mariah Carey, left, and Whitney Houston present the award for Best Male Video during the MTV Video Music Awards. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>

Oct. 2005: Houston smiles as she recevies a standing ovation while coming onto the stage at the Shrine Auditorium. <span class=meta>Photo/AP Photo</span>


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