Whitney Houston, R.I.P.

The news of Whitney Houston’s death yesterday in Los Angeles is tragic, but not very shocking. It’s no secret the 48-year-old singer continued to have the same addiction problems that contributed to her slide from pop music’s preeminence, and it would be no surprise to learn that these addictions could have played a role in her death.

We don’t usually cover pop music here, but we do understand its importance in the lives of so many people – and Whitney Houston was certainly a popular figure among millions. With her powerful voice, Houston made a splash with her 1985 debut and thereafter she all but ruled the pop charts for more than a decade.

She will most certainly be honored with a tribute at tonight’s Grammy Awards telecast.

Whitney Houston obituary in the New York Times

YouTube: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston at the Grammys (1994)

YouTube: “Star-Spangled Banner” (1991)

Houston performed one of the most popular versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1991. The performance was later released as a single and became the only version of the national anthem to be certified platinum.

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