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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.

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.

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