There isn’t anything that can be said about Whitney Houston’s legendary career. Even after her passing Whitney’s legacy continues to endure, adding on to an already mile-long list of remarkable accomplishments that make-up her 3 decade career. Whitney’s vocal talent, lengthy list of award-wins, and phenomenal record sales speak volumes about the kind of entertainer that she was.
Whitney’s most recent milestone (of a 3rd diamond-certified album) makes her the first and only Black female artist to accomplish this. It also echoes another obvious but subtle truth–the world still loves and misses Whitney Houston. Here’s a look at some of Whitney’s recent accomplishments and a few other milestones that helped cement her as one of music’s greatest divas.
A Historic Hit-Maker
Having a total of 11 #1 singles, Whitney remains the first and only artist to have 7 consecutive #1’s hits: “Saving all my love for you,” “How will I know”, “Greatest love of all”, “Where do broken hearts go”, “I wanna dance with somebody”, “Didn’t we almost have it all” and “So emotional.”
2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Of music many accolades, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is reserved only for the brightest and most influential entertainers. Along with Notorious B.I.G. and the Nine Inch Nails, Whitney will be inducted into the 2020 R&R Hall of Fame on November 7th.
22 American Music Award Wins
Though this record has recently been broken by pop-diva Taylor Swift, Whitney for many years held the record for the female solo artist with the most wins at the American Music Awards (22) with 20 competitive wins and 2 honorary awards. Whitney still holds the record for most AMA’s won in a single night (8) for her Bodyguard soundtrack album.
The National Anthem
Houston is currently the only artist to turn the national anthem into a chat hit. Her 1991 rendition of the Star Spangled Banner reached #20 on the Hot 100 singles chart, and peaked at number six on the chart in September of 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.
The Best-Selling Soundtrack of All-Time
Whitney made history and set a record for the most albums sold in a week in May of 1991 with numbers exceeding 1 million in sales and was later certified 17x’s platinum by the RIAA . The video for “I will Always love you” recently hit 1 billion views on YouTube.
Only furthering her status as a hit-maker, Whitney was recently named the first and only Black female artist to have three diamond-certified albums.
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