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Whitney Houston learned to sing in church, and early on it was clear that she owned an extraordinary vocal gift. This flyer and ticket are from "An Afternoon of Gospel," one of Whitney's early performances, dated July 5, 1981.

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This lovely photo, currently on display at the Grammy Museum exhibit Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston, shows teenage Whitney Houston at her high school prom. It's easy to see why Whitney had a successful modeling career before releasing her debut album.

Growing up, Whitney Houston attended the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. She wore the white choir robe shown in this photo while performing in the youth choir in the 1970s, becoming one of the choir's brightest stars. Whitney wore the black and red jacket, also shown here, on the Greatest Love Of All World Tour in 1986. Her first world tour as a headliner, she performed in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Whitney Houston was born beautiful. Before she began her career as a model or captivated the world with her voice, she was captured in this photograph at 11 months old, which is now on display as part of Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston, the Grammy Museum exhibit in Los Angeles.

Just a reminder - The Whitney Houston Exhibit at The Grammy Museum is a special tribute to Whitney's legacy. The exhibit includes an extensive collection of stage costumes worn by Whitney, albums, career scrapbooks, rare photographs, concert posters, awards and more. The last day to visit the exhibit is Memorial Day, May 27th.

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Having a voice known for both its beauty and athleticism, it's only fitting that Whitney Houston would be photographed in a studio wearing a glamorous blouse combined with comfy shorts and sneakers.

Whitney Houston had many musical influences and drew inspiration from all across the pop, soul and gospel music landscapes, but the artists acknowledged in the Grammy Museum exhibit Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston had special impact on Whitney and her career: Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Darlene Love, Dee Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick.

This photo at the Grammy Museum shows Whitney with label head Clive Davis in 1983 after signing her first recording contract with Arista Records. Whitney and Clive worked on her debut album, Whitney Houston, for two years to ensure that it showcased the best material for her. Clive remained a mentor for Whitney throughout her life.

These two images from Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston at the Grammy Museum show Whitney in a recording studio and also accepting her second Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" in 1988. Whitney also graced the Grammy stage that night to perform the song, which was certified Platinum and became her fourth consecutive #1 single in the United States. Whitney remains the only artist in music history to achieve seven consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

This image from the Grammy Museum shows five of Whitney Houston's six Grammys along with three dresses that she wore at the awards show over the years. Whitney wore the white Bob Mackie gown in 1994, opening the Grammys with "I Will Always Love You" and accepting two of three major awards that night -- Record of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Whitney's soundtrack to The Bodyguard won the biggest award of the night, Album of the Year, later that same evening.

This portion of the Grammy Museum exhibit Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston shows a cross section of items from the early part Whitney Houston's career, including her choir robe and a gospel program from July 5, 1981. Brought up in a strict Christian household and mentored by her mother Cissy, who sang both sacred and secular music, Whitney Houston had the ideal music base for a child with her sweeping vocal talents. Whitney never forgot her gospel roots, and it could be heard in her voice whether she sang pop, R&B or other genres. This photo also displays tour jackets and one of her famous concert jumpsuits.

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