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Whitney Houston performed with close friends BeBe and CeCe Winans during the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards wearing this fully beaded dress. To the upper left side of the dress, you can see Whitney in a photograph wearing this dress during that performance. Whitney recorded with BeBe and CeCe several times during her career and also went on tour with them, turning down other projects at times to show support for her friends.

Whitney Houston won her second Grammy Award, pictured here, in 1988 for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female for the song "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." Whitney opened the Grammys that night by performing the song with her full touring band. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" became Whitney's fourth #1 single on the U.S. Hot 100 chart, and served as the lead single from her second album, Whitney. That album became the first by a female artist in music history to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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.

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