10. The Bodyguard
Whitney’s performance in The Bodyguard in 1992 cemented her as a world-class star once and for all. The film, in which she starred alongside Kevin Costner, grossed $410m worldwide, as well as having a number one selling album of which Whitney executive produced and contributed six songs for the film.
9. I Will Always Love You
Without The Bodyguard, Whitney’s biggest track I Will Always Love You might never have been the hit it was. Whitney’s cover of the Dolly Parton country song was labelled as Whitney’s ‘signature song’ and ‘iconic’ by critics. She won the Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal.
8. Super Bowl 1991
Not many stars’ performances of the American national anthem go on to be big hits but Whitney’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl did just that. It even made the top 20 of the Billboard Charts.
7. Duet with Maria Carey
Whitney and Mariah Carey are undoubtedly two of the biggest female music stars in history. So when the two leading ladies of music collaborated on When You Believe for 1998 film The Prince Of Egypt, fireworks were guaranteed.
6. Her first Grammy win
The Grammys and Whitney’s legacy practically go hand-in-hand thanks to her mentor Clive Davis. So winning her first Grammy in 1986 for Saving All My Love For You has to have a special mention. That performance later won her an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Programme.
5. X Factor 2009
This performance sadly goes down in X Factor history as one of the most cringeworthy moments ever. As Whit took to the stage to perform Million Dollar Bill, not only did she look like she’d not quite arrived, but her dress popped open mid-song leaving her concentrating more on securing the flapping piece of material than getting the lyrics out.
4. Whitney’s marriage to Bobby Brown
In 1992 Whitney married R&B singer Bobby Brown which saw her clean-cut image slowly vanish. She was arrested in 2000 when a substantial amount of marijuana was found in her bag at an airport but charges were later dropped. Later in 2003 she called the police on domestic violence claims against Brown.
3. Diane Sawyer interview
Whitney’s interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002 saw the phrase ‘Crack is whack’ coined. After hinting at using cocaine, pills and marijuana, she told Sawyer: ‘First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. OK? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.’
2. Oprah Winfrey interview
Seven years after her Diane Sawyer interview, Whitney decided to do another revealing chat with Oprah Winfrey, opening up on her turbulent marriage to Brown and admitting her constant use of marijuana laced with cocaine, as well as revealing further details on her violent marriage.
1. Whitney’s death
Two days before her tragic death on February 11 2012, Houston appeared at the rehearsals for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She later headed out on a wild night out with pals which was to be the last time she was seen in public. Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton suite, declared by a coroner to have been caused by ‘accidental drowning’.