On the eve of the Grammy Awards, the music community is reeling from the sudden death of 48-year-old Whitney Houston. She passed away Saturday afternoon inside her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Houston was scheduled to perform at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party Saturday night, also located at the hotel.
The investigation of her death is ongoing; police have searched her hotel room and are awaiting official cause of death pending an autopsy and toxicology reports. Reports claim illegal drugs were not found inside the room.
Houston was a legendary singer who had several top-Billboard hits throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. She began her career with a 1985 self-titled album that contained three No. 1 singles includin, “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All” and “Saving All My Love for You,” the latter which won her first Grammy the following year for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Her second album, released in 1987, yielded the classic hit song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” as well as three other songs that all reached the top spot on the Billboard charts. Other classic hits include “I Will Always Love You,” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.” She is still the only artist to have seven consecutive No. 1 hits. Houston released seven multi-platinum albums in her career, and is regarded as “the most awarded female act of all time” by Guinness World Records. She has received a plethora of Billboard Music Awards, six Grammy Awards, more than 20 American Music Awards and a myriad of other award totaling more than 400 throughout her career.
Houston’s friends and peers, along with the producers of the Grammy Awards, planned a last-minute tribute to the singer for last night’s ceremony. Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan presented the tribute.