Whitney Houston was born August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey. Her family consists of a few big name stars such as her mother Cissy Houston, her cousin Dionne Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin. She developed her singing talent at her home church when she began singing in the choir. In 1983, she was signed by Clive Davis with Arista Records after her voice was featured for the New York-based funk band Material
. In 1985, her first album was released. Some of her most popular songs at that time were, The Greatest Love of All and Saving All My Love for You.
Houston’s career did not just include singing, but acting as well. She has been seen in hit films such as "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale"
. After appearing in "The Bodyguard" in 1992, she was on top of her career. The same year, she married Bobby Brown, a former band-member of New Edition. Unfortunately, her career started to go downhill in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Between her battle with drug addiction, numerous health problems, and a marriage that was deteriorating, it seemed that she was in crash and burn mode. In 2009, Houston started to get her life back in the right direction. Her new album “I look to you” was released that same year. In 2012, the movie “Sparkle” was released starring Whitney Houston and Jordan Sparks. The X Factor had also invited Whitney Houston to join them on the panel as a judge.
Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 from an accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use. The taping of the "we will always love you" special will be on October 11th at Nokia Theatre. The one-hour special is dedicated to Houston’s life, talent, and her most remembered performances.
Artists that will be performing are Usher, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Hudson. The special will air on November 16th.