Remembering a GOAT: Whitney Houston Died Today in 2012

WHITNEY, Whitney Houston, circa 1980s
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Hard to forget when you heard the news of Whitney Houston’s shocking death on Feb. 11, 2012. Fans will forever be heartbroken as we lost one of the most talented female artists of all time — one of the greatest singers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The music legend died at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton from an accidental drowning (heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors). She died on the weekend of the 55th Grammy Awards leaving the world in shock and absolute grief.

This year her anniversary death date gets overshadowed a bit due to all the Super Bowl 2024 hype. Perhaps some of the performers at today’s game — Usher or Reba McEntire — will give a nod to the superstar during their halftime performances.

The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, 1992

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Kevin Costner, Houston’s costar in The Bodyguard gave a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral, saying it best:  “Whitney if you could hear me now I would tell you, you weren’t just good enough — you were great. You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could have played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role, but you, Whitney, I truly believed that you were the only one who could have played Rachel Marin at that time. You weren’t just pretty — you were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people didn’t just like you, Whitney — they loved you.”

No surprise that the “I Will Always Love You” performer was the first artist (posthumously in 2012) to chart at least seven albums concurrently in the top 40 on the Billboard 200. Interestingly, Taylor Swift was the second to do so in 2023 (Swift was the first living artist to accomplish the feat, as well).

Swift surpassed Whitney’s other chart-topping record, too, in 2020 for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 by a woman on the Billboard 200 chart with her album Folklore (Whitney held the record for years with 46 weeks).

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