Today marks the first anniversary of legendary songstress Whitney Houston's untimely death on the eve of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards last year. Her passing came as a shock and the music world came to an abrupt halt as information slowly developed about Houston's death. She was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which was ruled as an accidental drowning complicated by cocaine use and heart disease. Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party went on as scheduled, but the night soon turned into an impromptu tribute to Houston. Davis, Houston's longtime friend and mentor, remembered Houston in his own words this past Saturday, stating that her death still feels "unreal."
Whitney Houston will be forever remembered as one of the greatest female singers of all time. Her iconic and biggest single "I Will Always Love You" from her film "The Bodyguard" spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 chart, and was at one time the longest-running No. 1 single in history, according to Billboard.com. 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 as of 2010. She has also been noted to have been huge influence on such female artists as Brandy, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Hudson. Last week Houston was immortalized by the infamous Madame Tussads Wax Museum, with four statues of the late singer at different stages of her life, including a replica of Houston dressed as she was while performing the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl. The statues will go on display in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Washington, D.C, respectively.
Houston leaves behind her 19-year-old daughter Bobbie Kristina, her mother, Cissy Houston, and fellow singer and cousin Dionne Warwick to carry on her legacy.