|American Music Awards 2009|
Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards. Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 50th anniversary, ranking Houston at number nine. She was also one of the world's best-selling music artists having sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide.
Although she released relatively few albums, she was ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 55 million certified albums sold in the US alone. Houston was the first artist ever to be given a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also ranked at number 116 on their list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time"
But she was not only a singer, she was also an actress: "The Bodyguard", with Kevin Costner; "The Preacher's Wife", with Denzel Washington and "Waiting to Exhale". Even we'll watch her in a posthumous release, "Sparkle", a drama film in which a group of girls have to deal with fame and drugs.
She was not a girl like any other: daughter of gospel singer, Cissy Houston, cousin of the pop diva of the 60's, Dionne Warwick, and goddaughter of the legendary and queen of soul, Aretha Franklin. But as she said abut herself: "I am the worst demon; I can be my best friend or my worst enemy"
Today she is not with us; but her songs will be... Even we will watch her movies once, twice or multiple times... and we'll see the gorgeous, the diva. And that's how we should remind her: beautiful, exultant, with an incredible voice and an impressive presence. She had the entire world on its knees...
There is only one Whitney. There will be only one. Whitney, we will always love you.