Whitney Houston performs in Germany in 2009. The singer died Saturday, leaving behind a superstar career riddled with achievements. Joerg Koch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin in 1968, the first year she won a Grammy. For the next 10 years she completely dominated the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category. Ron Galella/WireImage hide caption

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America's amber waves of grain inspired teacher Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem later used in the song "America the Beautiful." Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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