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The movie Sparkle featuring Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks is nominated for BET's Best Movie! Tune in to the BET Awards on June 30th at 8/7c. More details here.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" is now certified at 2x Platinum with the integration of digital streams into its program. Get more details here.

Whitney Houston began her modeling career in 1980 when she was 16 years old. She was discovered in New York by an agent for Click Model Management, Inc. and later signed with the prestigious Wilhemina Models agency. Her fashion spreads and photos appeared in Seventeen, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle and Young Miss. While she possessed a "girl-next-door" charm, she also had what one photographer called a "million dollar smile" and a "personality that absolutely came alive whenever the camera focused in on her." You can see all of these qualities captured in this photograph from Seventeen.

This photo from February 2009 shows Whitney Houston performing at the Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Whitney performed a set of some of her greatest hits on this night, including a spectacular rendition of "It's Not Right But It's Okay." She would release her album I Look To You in August later that year.

When Whitney Houston emerged onto the world stage in 1985, music videos were one of the most effective ways of showcasing talent. It was the era of MTV, and Whitney's record company made the most of her singing ability, model-good looks, and her undeniable charisma in front of the camera by shooting music videos to accompany many of her biggest hits. This image shows a surface table at the Grammy Museum where fans can use the touch screen to discover a sampling of Whitney's music videos.

Before Whitney Houston became a household name in popular music, she was a successful young model, thanks largely to her strikingly photogenic good looks and her strong self confidence. "From the beginning, the camera and I were good friends," she once said. "It loves me, and I love it." Whitney was one of the first African American women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine, shown in this issue from November 1981.

During Whitney Houston's second world tour, Moment Of Truth, she performed on many round stages in the center of venues so that all of her fans could see her perform. This jacket comes from that tour, during which she performed at major venues in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Australia.

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.

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