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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.

Whitney Houston was a successful model before becoming a music superstar. She often graced the pages of Seventeen magazine, even appearing on the cover of their November 1981 issue, and appeared in print advertisements for beauty brands including Max Factor and Scope. This image from the Grammy Museum exhibit shows a double-page spread of Whitney modeling a stylish 1980's sweatshirt wardrobe.

Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston at the Grammy Museum features interactive exhibits as well as unique memorabilia. In this section, you can remix Whitney's hit song "How Will I Know" by pairing it with samples of songs by artists including Daft Punk, The Clash and James Brown.

Whitney Houston was not only the greatest vocalist in pop music history -- she was also a stunning beauty who gave up a successful modeling career to become a professional singer. These photos on display at the Grammy Museum capture young Whitney on the cusp of superstardom, including her first performance at the Grammy Awards to sing "Saving All My Love For You" in 1986.

This photo at the Grammy Museum shows Whitney Houston in a recording studio, where she could nail some of pop music's most difficult songs in one take. Whitney was such a rare talent that her performances are considered impossible to match to this day. Once Whitney Houston sang a song, it became untouchable.

Whitney Houston won an unprecedented 11 trophies at the Billboard Music Awards in 1993 for The Bodyguard Soundtrack, which went on to become the biggest selling soundtrack in music history. This photo shows the red gown that Whitney wore when she performed "I Have Nothing" that night, and she accepted the awards following that knockout performance.

In this photograph from the Grammy Museum, you can see Whitney's 1990 Essence Award for the Performing Arts, her People's Choice Award for the mega-hit "I Will Always Love You" music video, and MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video for "How Will I Know." Whitney performed both that song and "Greatest Love Of All" in her debut appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1986.

This photo from the Grammy Museum exhibit Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston shows some of Whitney Houston's favorite awards. Among them are Whitney's 1994 World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Female Recording Artist Of The Era, one of her first Soul Train Music Awards, Whitney's American Black Achievement Award from Ebony, her first American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album and awards from Billboard and MTV Europe.

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