Houston had been due to attend record producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys party at the hotel, alongside the likes of Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Akon, Cee Lo Green, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Jackson Browne and Elvis Costello.
Whitney Houston, who sold 200 million albums worldwide, famously battled drug addiction throughout her career. She leaves behind one child, Bobbi Kristina, whose father is her ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown. The pair were married from 1992 until 2007. She’s pictured here at the Grammys in 2000. That year she won the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Whitney Houston at the 2004 World Music Awards. Born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, she released her debut, self-titled album in 1985. She released seven albums in all, her last being 2009’s ‘I Look To You’.
Whitney Houston in 1985, the year she released her debut album. It topped the Billboard 200 chart for fourteen weeks in 1986 and generated three number-one singles—’Saving All My Love for You’, ‘How Will I Know’ and ‘Greatest Love of All’—on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the first debut album and the first album by a female artist to achieve that feat.
Whitney Houston in 1987, promoting her second album ‘Whitney’, which featured the singles ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘So Emotional’ and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’.
Mariah Carey took to Twitter saying: “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”
Whitney Houston in 1990. Aretha Franklin, the singer’s godmother, said in a statement: “I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”
Lionel Richie said of Houston: “She was just a gift in voice … She was just so innocent in the business, and that voice was so pure and her life was so pure. That’s what I’m holding on to. I think what we’re going to do in the long run of her life story is focus on the voice, not the tragedy, but the voice.”
Whitney Houston in 2011, with Dionne Warwick at a pre-Grammy gala. Motown founder Berry Gordy said: “Whitney Houston was not only an amazing artist but also a beautiful person. She was so smart and her knowledge and appreciation for the musical art form was remarkable.”
Houston at the 1994 American Music Awards. Pete Waterman said: “She dominated the 80s. She had one of the greatest voices of all time. There isn’t any better. There is a point where an artist just becomes so powerful that you just can’t tell them what to do and if you’re vulnerable it can be a nasty world.”
Houston pictured in 2001, with then-husband Bobby Brown. At the height of their addiction, Houston revealed in an interview, the pair would spend a week at a time taking drugs and watching TV. They divorced in 2007.
Houston released what would be her last album, ‘I Look To You’, in 2009. That year she did an interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she admitted to having used drugs on a daily basis, including cocaine.