Babyface's gift was "to be able to see what was special in me," says Karyn White, who had hits with the songwriter and producer in the late 1980s. Since then, he has shaped the sound of R&B via a string of collaborations. Here, he performs in 2015 with Ariana Grande, much of whose debut album, Yours Truly, he produced
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Whitney Houston (shown here performing in 1994) starred in the movie Waiting To Exhale, and contributed several songs to its breathtaking, beloved soundtrack.
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