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Grammy Museum exhibit to focus on Hollywood film star and singer Whitney Houston

By Phyllis Pollack

Whitney Houston at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen
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Whitney Houston at the height of her career.
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The first major exhibit exploring the musical legacy of eight-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston will premiere at The Grammy Museum in Los Angleles. Entitled Whitney! Celebrating The Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston the opening will debut on August 15, 2012. The exhibit is held in cooperation with her family.

Due to international popular demand, the exhibit will be on display through February, 2013.

"I’m honored that the family of Whitney Houston has chosen to work with us to create Whitney!,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The Grammy Museum. "As one of the greatest vocalists of our time, we are particularly excited to showcase her long connection to the Grammy Awards show and to celebrate the musical genius that made her one of America’s most-awarded pop and soul vocalists.”

The exhibit will provide an in-depth look at all aspects of her creative life. Bringing together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage, the exhibit features dozens of items from the private collection of her family, not limited to:

* Stage costumes worn by Houston, including her famous white, beaded gown worn at the 1992 Grammy Awards, where she won “Album of the Year”
* Albums and career scrapbooks from Houston’s early career;
* Her personal Bible
* Rare photographs of her both on and off stage;
* Concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia;

Additionally, The Grammy Museum has interviewed artists and musicians who have worked with or have been influenced by her, sharing their perspectives on her gift of performance that astounded and touched fans all over the world.

With over 170 million combined album, singles and videos sold worldwide during her career with Arista Records, she established a level of superstardom that will quite simply never be eclipsed in the modern era.

Music historians cite her record-setting achievements: the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits (“Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love Of All,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”); the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 (her second album, Whitney, 1987).

The only artist with seven consecutive multi-platinum albums (two self-titled albums, along with I’m Your Baby Tonight, The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife soundtracks, and My Love Is Your Love).

“This exhibit is a token of appreciation from our family for Whitney’s fans to enjoy and embrace,” said Pat Houston, her manager. “We hope they are as elated as we are to have shared in such a remarkable life.”

Museum admission is $12.95 for adults; $11.95 for senior citizens (65+); and $10.95 for students with I.D. (ages 6 – 22) and members of the military. Grammy Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015, with an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. Live campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit


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