Why Famous: One of the most awarded and the best-selling female music artist ever. Houston first came to prominence as a teen model and moved into music full time after she signed a record contract in 1983.
Her debut album "Whitney Houston" was released in 1985 and in 1986 was the No. 1 selling album (Billboard).
Her second album "Whitney" was also a major success with a record 7 No. 1 hits.
She moved into film roles with "The Bodyguard" in 1992. The film's soundtrack containing her so-called signature song "I Will Always Love You".
Whitney continued to perform while her personal life became more chaotic amid alleged drug-taking until she died in 2012 in an accidental drowning. She is remembered for her huge vocal range and her use of the melisma technique.
- 1992-07-18 Singers Whitney Houston (28) & Bobby Brown (23) marry
- 2007-04-24 Recording artist and the most-awarded female act of all-time Whitney Houston (43) divorces R&B singer-songwriter Bobby Brown (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage
- 1973-06-17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville
- 1985-02-14 "Whitney Houston" debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)
- 1986-01-27 13th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & C Gayle
- 1986-09-05 3rd MTV Video Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins
- 1987-01-26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama
- 1987-09-29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1
- 1988-01-25 15th American Music Awards: Anita Baker; Paul Simon; & Whitney Houston win
- 1988-03-30 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win
- 1990-11-06 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" 3rd studio album by Whitney Houston is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1991)
- 1992-11-03 "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)
- 1992-12-09 3rd Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks & Dr. Dre win
- 1993-12-08 4th Billboard Music Awards: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Soundtrack win
- 1994-02-07 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins
- 1994-03-01 36th Grammy Awards: "I Will Always Love You"; Whitney Houston; Sting; Toni Braxton; Mary Chapin-Carpenter win
- 1994-03-15 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
- 1998-02-27 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win
- 1998-11-17 Whitney Houston releases "My Love is Your Love"
- 2000-03-04 14th Soul Train Music Awards: Prince, Whitney Houston, DMX & Mary J. Blige win