When Whitney Houston was living she was the first female artist to debut #1 on Billboard Top 200, received over 400 awards, sold over 200 million records worldwide and is on the shortlist of the greatest singing voices ever recorded. She continues that dominance with a pre-Grammy tribute planned, being immortalized in wax and having the most popular love song. She is having the best week ever.
On February 7, Harris Interactive survey’s poll on American’s favorite love songs resulted in Whitney Houston’s monumental classic “I Will Always Love You” being voted #1. The 1992 cultural smash hit from the soundtrack fro the movie The Bodyguard scored 38% of votes among adults and was the top pick of all widowed, divorced or separated Americans polled.
Houston’s cover of country legend Dolly Parton’s 1974 song beat out other notable love songs such as Aerosmith’s “Dont Want to Miss A Thing”, Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” and even Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”.
Madame Tussauds New York showcased four life-like wax statues of the late singer. Each will be installed in four Madam Tussaud locations: Washington, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.
The Washington D.C. figure will be of Houston performing the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl; Las Vegas will showcase Houston from her 1988 music video for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”; the wax figure for Los Angeles will be of her from The Bodyguard; and New York gets the wax figure modeled off a 2009 photo shoot.
Tonight (February 9), longtime friend and mentor of Whitney Houston, Clive Davis is planning a tribute to Houston at his annual pre-Grammy party.
“(I am) going to do something to remind everybody that her talent lived among us and in so many people,” the iconic music mogul told People.com “It’s a different kind of opening. The opening has never been done before, with the kind of music that’s unprecedented.” There are no details yet on who is set to be apart of the tribute.
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