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Remembering Whitney: Our Favorite 50 Minutes Of The Timeless Diva

Published: Friday 9th Aug 2013 by Rashad

Today marks what would’ve been the 50th birthday of late pop icon Whitney Houston – the larger than life diva whose mere mention evokes memories of incomparable charisma, beauty, and, of course, the voice. 

That voice. 

The one that could, with seemingly little effort, stir souls and chill spines.  Unlike the trail of imitators, imposter, and impossibles she left in her wake, Houston’s launch was devoid of gimmick and, instead, was birthed on a cultured and mastered gift (oft inimitable by predecessors or successors).

In such, today we salute the woman That Grape Juice-faithful voted ‘The Ultimate Diva’ with our “favorite 50 minutes” of her illustrous career.  And, while it was quite the task to narrow down the countless unforgettable moments the ‘I Will Always Love You’ hitmaker lent music lovers in her time, we can say that what awaits below does a fair job of encapsulating the essence of Whitney.

Take a look and weigh in below:


‘Saving All My Love For You Live’/ First Grammy Win

‘How Will I Know’ (Live MTV Awards 1986)

‘I Am Changing’ Live

‘Greatest Love Of All’ (Muhammad Ali Tribute)

‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All Live’

‘Medley’ (American Music Awards 1994)

‘All The Man That I Need Live’

Live At Arista 15th Anniversary Celebration (1990)

Soul Train Awards ‘Bodyguard’ Medley (‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Queen of the Night’)

Bonus:

Share with us some of your favorite moments of Whitney’s…

Your thoughts?

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  1. Cici slaaaays August 9, 2013
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    Happy birthday legend!!

    *Listens to Ciaras I Will Always Love You Mini Cover*

    • Toto August 9, 2013
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      Speaking of someone who can’t touch Whitney vocally… LOL

      • FAF August 9, 2013
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        ^did u watch the video or are u just hating ? 🙄

    • J August 9, 2013
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      But the video of error singing was s***….

    • Toto August 9, 2013
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      Yes, I watched/heard the video. Ciara shoulda had more sense than to release that. She wouldn’t have won 3rd place at a karaoke competition.

  2. Ms92 August 9, 2013
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    Queen Whitney

    • Don’t_Start_No_Shit!!! August 9, 2013
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      YES. That was my Auntie Nippy. She is the BEST to ever do it. I may love other but no one will ever compare. I loved the arrangement on “All the Man I need” !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Whitney Elizabeth Houston!!!!

  3. Cici slaaaays August 9, 2013
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    She is the VOICE.

    Mariah Beyonce& Celine could never touch Whitney vocally.

    • Toto August 9, 2013
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      Said a CIARA fan. They come closer than Ciara ever could.

    • The Boy Toy August 9, 2013
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      And neither could your monotone fave sis.

    • Fierce & All August 9, 2013
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      Yep. But all 4 of the artists you mentioned are still a lot better than this new generation today.

      • MuiMui August 9, 2013
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        Whitney the “Voice” Always!

  4. Toto August 9, 2013
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    I wish there were more artists today that had this kind of vocal talent. Whitney could make you FEEL it with her voice. Other than Celine and Mariah, there is no one left that even comes close.

    • Toto August 9, 2013
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      Aretha too.

    • Fierce & All August 9, 2013
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      Some talent just comes more naturally than others.

      • FAF August 9, 2013
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        there are dozens of women who sing that way, they just aren’t publicized. Deborah cox, etc

    • HOWYOULIKEIT August 9, 2013
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      patti labelle can make you feel emotions

  5. Ciara is everything August 9, 2013
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    Ciara, Whitney, & Aretha are my favorite vocalist I cried so hard when I found out Whitney passed she was such a great talent 🙁 happy bday & r.i.p baby Beyonce will never take your spot shes not good enough.

    • stella August 9, 2013
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      LOL Ciara is what?That non singing basic voice ain’t s***.

      • Ciara is everything August 9, 2013
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        Lol look at this hater if Ciara ain’t s*** then honey what are you? Your mom shoulda swallowed that load tbh.

      • Talia August 9, 2013
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        Stop being messy and disrespectful. This is about Whitney Houston only not anyone else. Only Ciara fans would want to start a stan war on a late legends post.

    • Fierce & All August 9, 2013
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      Ciara fans are so lame. Like plz gtfo this blog. U heaux’s are such a waste of space with ur grade school comments. I can’t chile…

  6. The Boy Toy August 9, 2013
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    RIP Nippy!

    Her “All The Man That I Need” performance still gives me chills! LONG LIVE THE VOICE!!!

  7. Talia August 9, 2013
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    RIP Whitney I love you!

  8. TurnUp4cici August 9, 2013
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    Dont do drugs kids!!!! This will be Rihanna 10 years from now!

  9. ROSEGOLD August 9, 2013
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    Ciara would be very disappointed of she knew how disrespectful and delusional her trolling ass stans are!!! Back to the subject at hand…there will never be another Whitney! OFTEN imitated, NEVER duplicated. That voice, that f****** voice <3 Happy birthday baby. May you FINALLY rest in peace.

    • Faf August 9, 2013
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      Worried about ya Damn self… Ciara loves her stans unlike R**** & Beyugly.

    • Fierce & All August 9, 2013
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      @Rosegold finally someone gets the picture. Thank you.

  10. Daniel Teflon August 9, 2013
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    Lawdy I have 1,000,000 GRAND THINGS TO SAY ABOUT WHITNEY HOUSTON BECAUSE SHE IS & WILL ALWAYS BE THE VOICE!! She just had that KRAWL that would get all up into my spirit & move me!! MAMA WHITNEY JUST SANG 2 US ALL!!

  11. #HIVE August 9, 2013
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    who?

    • XXX August 9, 2013
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      Troll you aint a Hive member. Bye.

  12. cake like lady gaga August 9, 2013
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    WHO WRITES FOR TGJ???

    Today alone I have spotted numerous spelling and grammar errors!!! This isn’t the TGJ I know

    @Sam you need to fire some people, just like you did with that other guy (who wrote very well by the way)

  13. XXX August 9, 2013
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    RIP to the late great Whitney. Gone but never forgotton her music will live on forever.

  14. Brazilian Beyonce!!! August 9, 2013
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    Angelic Voice …. She is a Vocal God.

    Why is beyonce thrown to this now?

    Leave bey out of this we are celebrating Whitney Houston!!
    Just stop!

    • RoyalKev August 9, 2013
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      Thank you! It seriously need to be given a rest sometimes.

  15. Rhythm Nation August 9, 2013
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    The voice will never be duplicated rip for eternity

  16. Fierce & All August 9, 2013
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    It’s ashame she didn’t even make it to 50 years old. I feel sorry for her daughter. I know Whitney was a positive influence in her life minus her dark addiction. But she’s in a better place.

  17. stephy the lambily August 9, 2013
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    THE GREATEST SINGER OF ALL TIMES

  18. RoyalKev August 9, 2013
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    Queen Whitney = Greatest Voice of All Time …

    I’ve been listening to Whitney non-stop since last week and she still makes the hairs on my arm stand up with that voice. It’s the finest human instrument I’ve heard in my life! I actually love so many of those moments in those clips above, Whitney’s live showings are all outstanding.

    I’m not sure how to add videos on here, but one of my favs would be when she performed I Have Nothing on the Billboard Music Awards. Stellar! She’s truly one of a kind! It took me a moment to play some Whitney music since we’ve loss her and it’s still hard hearing certain songs. I’m finally learning how to let go, while holding on. I just love celebrating her memory now and I know she’s in a better place. I discovered a few new songs from her and I recently fell in love with her all over again. She’ll always be one of my few favs! I could go on and on, but I won’t.

    R.I.P Nippy!

    • JOHNVIDAL August 10, 2013
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      It happened the same to me. I couldn´t listen to her voice and songs for a while. Then I just started to celebrate and enjoy her greatness just like I did before her death.

  19. J August 9, 2013
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    Love you whit one of the best female singer of all time. May she rest in peace.

  20. J aka rihking August 9, 2013
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    And ci error stans should be ashamed to bring there mute sounding flop fave on this post smfh

  21. Grande The Way August 9, 2013
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    She is The Voice. No one can compare to her. Absolutely no one. The Greatest Love of All and I Will Always Love You performances are untouchable. R.I.P Nippy

  22. SooGlam August 9, 2013
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    The Greatest Voice Of All! Whitney was the total package! Her class, grace, confidence, tone, vibrato, runs, easy transitions from chest to head voice, power, stage presence, emotions. Everything about her was perfect! We will never see another performer like her in our generation. So sad that she couldn’t conquer the demon of addiction. God bless her rich legacy.

  23. Dev August 9, 2013
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    This woman had everything but look what happens when everything isn’t enough, or too much. When you see the first video of her winning the grammy and then remember her nearer the end its so sad

    I believe that she was killed or committed suicide.

    RIP

    • Dev August 9, 2013
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      Thank you TGJ. That last video is the truth!!!!!!!!!! And she sang that with the look of ease.

  24. Dave August 10, 2013
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    Cool

  25. JOHNVIDAL August 10, 2013
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    RIP Whitney The Voice Houston. Too great for words.

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