Remembering Whitney Houston

>> Tuesday, February 14, 2012

MariahDailyJournal was saddened to hear of the death of one of music's greatest voices, Whitney Houston. Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday afternoon.

Via Twitter last night, Mariah released the following statement regarding the death of her friend and colleague:

"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."

In the early 1990s, Mariah and Whitney were often painted by the press as arch-rivals. They put those rumors to rest in 1998, when they collaborated on "When You Believe," their powerhouse duet penned by Stephen Schwartz for the soundtrack of The Prince Of Egypt.

"I really enjoyed working with her, it was good. People think that there was some rivalry or whatever but when we got in the studio, we had a good time," Mariah explained regarding collaborating with Whitney.

Likewise, Whitney had nothing but good things to say: "We've never met or talked before. It was our first time working together. In the studio, we were laughing a lot and talking in between a song, we had a great time together. She's a vivid minded girl, she's a smart lady. I really like Mariah."

In 1998, Whitney and Mariah appeared on television together several times in promotion of their duet and their respective new albums: My Love Is Your Love and #1's. On September 10, 1998 the pair appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards to present the Best Male Video award. They essentially made light of their supposed rivalry by showing up in the same dress, but then improvising so as not to look exactly alike:

In addition, they hosted a television special for The Prince of Egypt on NBC, and sat down together with Oprah Winfrey, where they performed "When You Believe."

The last time Whitney and Mariah performed together was on the 1999 Academy Awards, where "When You Believe" won for Best Original Song.

Whitney Houston was an unstoppable force in the music industry in the 1980's and 1990's. Highlights of her phenomenal career include the monster hit "I Will Always Love You," her powerful performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl and her performances in the films The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. Her impact on the music industry is undeniable and she will be missed.


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