RBW Spotlight : Whitney Houston

I better not get a 1 *sideeye* for this RBW Spotlight. Yes she has had some lows in her career but what TRUE Renaissance Black Woman hasn't. Shall I remind you of her highs (careerwise, not what ya'll were thinking...lol) Check out this vid.

I am beyond excited for her return. This will be her 7th studio album and she hasn't released an album in 7 years. I keep her Greatest Hits double disc in rotation, and her songs on the Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack are some of my favs. As yo saw in the video the new album drops September 1st.  It's rumored that she worked with Ne-Yo on this project. 

Just in case you wanted to debate the validity of her being a Renaissance Black Woman... 
In 2006, the Guiness Book of World Records named her the Most Awarded/Popular Female Artist of all time. Want to know why.... well here it go:



  • Emmy Awards
    • Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program— "28th Annual Grammy Award Telecast"



  • American Music Awards
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  • Billboard Magazine
    • Top Pop Female Singles Artist
  • Goldener RE Pinguin Germany
    • Best female Artist
  • Bravo Otto Award Germany
    • Silver Award for Best Female Artist
  • First Annual Garden State (New Jersey) Music Awards
    • Best Music Video — "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
    • Best Female Vocalist, Rock/Pop
    • Best Single Rock/Pop — "So Emotional"
    • Best Single R&B/Dance — "So Emotional"
    • Best Female Vocalist, R&B/Dance
    • Best LP R&B/Dance — Whitney
    • Best LP Rock/Pop — Whitney


  • American Music Awards
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
    • Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
  • People's Choice Awards
    • Favorite Female Musical Performer


  • Appointed by George Bush Points of Light Contributing Leadership Award
  • The United Negro College Fund Founder Award - "The Frederick D. Patterson Award"
  • The Songwriters' Hall of Fame Hitmakers Award
  • The 1990 Essence Award for the Performing Arts


  • Cable Ace Awards
    • Top Performance in a Musical Special or Series - "HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston"
  • The American Cinema Performer of the Year Award
  • The Music Award — American Black Achievement Awards


  • The Children's Diabetes Foundation Brass Ring Award


  • Billboard Music Awards
    • Top Selling Album of 1993 - The Bodyguard
    • Hot 100 Singles Artist
    • Top Pop Single of the Yea r- "I Will Always Love You"
    • Hot 100 Singles Artist - Female
    • Top Selling Single of the Year - "I Will Always Love You"
    • Top R&B Album - The Bodyguard
    • Hot R&B Singles Artist
    • Hot R&B Single - "I Will Always Love You"
    • Hot R&B Singles Sales - "I Will Always Love You"
    • Top Soundtrack - The Bodyguard
    • Special Award for 14 weeks at #1 with "I Will Always Love You" (a record at that time)


  • American Music Awards
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Single — "I Will Always Love You"
    • Favorite Pop/Rock Album — The Bodyguard
    • Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
    • Favorite Soul/R&B Single — "I Will Always Love You"
    • Favorite Soul/R&B Album — The Bodyguard
    • Favorite Adult Contemporary Album — The Bodyguard
    • Award of Merit
  • Soul Train Music Awards
    • Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award
    • Best R&B Song of the Year — "I Will Always Love You"
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • Outstanding Female Artist
    • Entertainer of the Year
    • Outstanding Music Video "I'm Every Woman"
    • Outstanding Album The Bodyguard
  • World Music Awards
    • World's Best Selling Overall Recording Artist
    • World's Best Selling Pop Artist
    • World's Best Selling R&B Artist
    • Best Selling American Recording Artist of the Year
    • Special Award for being named 'World's Best Selling Recording Artist of the Era'
  • JUNO Music Award
    • Best selling Album of the year The Bodyguard
    • Entertainer of the Year


  • NAACP Image Awards
    • Outstanding Female Artist
    • Album of the year Waiting to Exhale
    • Best Soundtrackalbum Waiting to Ehxhale
  • VH-1 Honor-for Whitney Houston Foundation for Children
  • Distinguished Achievement in Music and Film/Video—The 2nd Annual International Achievement in Arts Award


  • Soul Train Music Awards
    • Best R&B/Soul Single, Female — "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)"
  • Carousel of hope ball
    • Carousel of hope Award
  • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
    • Hall of Fame Inductee


  • American Music Awards
    • Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist
    • Favorite Soundtrack Album: "Waiting to Exhale"
  • NAACP Image Award
    • Best Actress "The Preacher's Wife"
    • Album of the Year The Preacher's Wife
    • Gospel Artist of the Year "The Preacher's Wife"
  • The Triumphant Spirit Award-Essence Magazine
  • The Top Contribution To Gospel By A Mainstream Artist-Gospel Music Association
  • ASCAP Pop Awards — "Count On Me"


  • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
    • Best Female Singer


  • MTV Europe Awards
    • Best R&B Artist
  • Bambi Award Germany
    • International Artist of the Year "My Love Is Your Love"
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • Best work of a group/duo "When You Believe" with Mariah Carey
  • Brazil Dance Music Award
    • Best International Female
  • BlockBuster Awards
    • Favorite Female R&B Artist
  • Deidre O´Brien Child Advocacy Center honor Whitney Houston
  • Ranked #61 on VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll"


  • Grammy Awards
    • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - "It's Not Right, But It's Okay"
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • Outstanding Female Artist - "Heartbreak Hotel" (with Faith Evans and Kelly Price)
  • BlockBuster Awards
    • Favorite Single (Internet Only) - "Heartbreak Hotel"
    • Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only) - "When You Believe" (with Mariah Carey)


  • Meteor Ireland Music Award
    • Best International Female



Most Awarded/Popular Female Artist of All-Time

We all know she dabbles in film/acting as well but besides being in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, Cinderella, and random guest appearances on TV shows, she is the Executive Producer of Both Cheetah Girls movies, as well as both Princess Diaries movies.

I'm really anticipating this comeback and hope that it is everything I hoped it would be and more. 


clnmike June 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Lost sympathy for her a while back, always thought she was more alley than lady. But she could sang her buttt off.

Eb the Celeb June 7, 2009 at 2:57 PM

you dont have to have sympathy for her to appreciate what she's contributed to music...

The F$%K it List June 8, 2009 at 2:24 AM

Can't be mad at old Whit Whit. She's had a great musical career, its her personal life that was in the Shit.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com June 8, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Hey there!

I really hope that Whitney is going to make a TREMENDOUS comeback!! She has an amazing gift and she WILL rise again from the ashes! I am so happy that her record CEO, Clive Owens, never gave up on her and never dropped her from the label. He knew she could turn things around in her life...and hopefully...this time, she has!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com June 8, 2009 at 5:45 PM

@ Clnmike

*LOL* More alley than lady...

Now that is just a very gentlemenly way of saying "ummm..she's a crack head"! *LOL*

I give you three snaps in Z-formation for your tact.

Rich Fitzgerald June 8, 2009 at 10:57 PM

I always dug her music. I'd put her up against anybody on stage -- Patty, Mariah, Gladys - anybody. Whitney can get down with the best of them.

Mimi June 9, 2009 at 1:41 PM

OMG!! I love Whitney! I can't believe I missed this post somehow. No one can even begin to have a debate about how great Whitney is, despite her mistakes. I'm too excited about this album dropping.

Tuotierugif >^..^<© June 14, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Might be one of the few albums I buy these year! ;)

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