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Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history. Houston was one of the world's best- selling music artists, having sold over 200 million albums and singles and videos worldwide. Although she released relative- ly few--only seven studio albums and three soundtracks but 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.


She was also 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.


In recent years, Houston had struggled to regain her past


glory. In 2009, she released I Look to You, her first studio album in seven years and first since going through rehab and divorcing


Bobby Brown, her husband of 14 years, in 2006. While the album did debut at No. 1 and sold more than 1 million copies, it failed to produce any massive hit singles, or receive hoped-for Grammy Awards nominations. Her subse- quent overseas tour met with mixed reviews at best. She tried hard, but her old voice and range were gone and the new one was hoarse, spotty and unreliable and more than a few disappointed fans demanded refunds. It must have been difficult for her. Her voice had changed, the times had changed and the record industry itself was a much different business. With the Internet, digital downloading, and a splin- tered music audience, it is doubtful that records will ever sell as massively and unite audiences in the way they once did in the 80’s and 90’s. Like Whitney’s song, it was


just “One Moment in Time.”


But with Houston's breakthrough, other African-American female artists, such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker, were suc- cessful in mainstream pop music. That led to others, like today’s stars including Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce. Anita Baker once commented that "Because of what Whitney and Sade did, there was an opening for me... For radio stations, black women singers aren't taboo anymore."


Whitney Houston may have left us too soon, but she left behind a legacy of even more than just the gift of her amazing voice.


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