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A makeshift memorial is seen prior to the funeral services for Whitney Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday.
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February 17, 2012 As the singer was laid to rest in a celebrity-filled funeral, fans in her hometown took to the streets to offer memories.
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Whitney Houston performs in Germany in 2009. The singer died Saturday, leaving behind a superstar career riddled with achievements.
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February 12, 2012 After years of struggling with addiction and a troubled marriage, singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel on Saturday. The pop diva's superstar career is riddled with achievements, including Grammy Awards, record sales and seven consecutive No. 1 singles.
Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards.
February 12, 2012 The pop diva was discovered dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday, the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards. When she burst upon the music world in 1985, there was no doubt in anyone's mind the willowy beauty was a star. Houston's music was stellar, but her personal life was chaotic.
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Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
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February 11, 2012 Ann Powers on one of the world's biggest singers, who died at age 48 Saturday afternoon.
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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.
January 29, 2010 More so than other genres, R&B seems to only have room for one reigning queen at a time. Don't expect 2010 to be much different as Beyonce's well-kept coif has likely already been measured for this year's Grammy crown.
I Look to You is Whitney Houston's new album. Its predecessor, Just Whitney, came out in 2002.
September 1, 2009 The legendary pop singer makes a highly anticipated comeback this week with the release of her new album, I Look To You. The Grammy-winning artist returns from a lengthy hiatus, marked by rumors of drug abuse and a troubled marriage.
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January 20, 2009 The story of Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner" is the stuff of grade-school history books. But the song has inspired some memorable interpretations in the recent past, as each performer imbues it with a personal take on patriotism.
America's amber waves of grain inspired teacher Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem later used in the song "America the Beautiful."
November 4, 2008 Pianist, composer and conductor Robert Kapilow joins Fred Child to explore why the simple and direct song "America the Beautiful" has the ability to touch listeners so deeply. Election Day is a fine time to explore its timeless pull on America's heartstrings.
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September 25, 2006 Commentator Jimi Izrael says he has gained a newfound respect for the otherwise eccentric singer Bobby Brown now that he's going through his own contentious divorce. Izrael is a columnist for the Web site AOL Black Voices.
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June 30, 2005 Day to Day television critic Andrew Wallenstein reviews the Bravo network's new reality show, Being Bobby Brown. The program follows 80s R&B star Bobby Brown and his wife, Whitney Houston.
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