She was the most successful female singer ever. Here are the facts and figures that made up Whitney Houston‘s incredible life.
8:55 – Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, N.J., to her mom Cissy Houston, a gospel singer, and army serviceman dad John Russell Houston Jr.
1967 – The year of the Newark riots when Houston’s family moved to a middle class area in East Orange, NJ, when she was age 4.
11 – The age Houston began singing in the gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark
2 – Her nicknames – “Nippy” and “The Prom Queen of Soul”
60 – The number of major awards she received as the Guinness Book of World Records named her the most awarded female recording artist of all time: 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 American Music Awards.
415 – The number of total awards she’s received in her career.
14 – Gold Singles
7 – The number of consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits – “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”
1978 – The year Houston sang backup for Chaka Khan on “I’m Every Woman” when she was age 15.
2 – The other stars – Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy – she followed as one of the three highest earning African American entertainers.
100 – That’s the million dollar amount she received when she renewed her contract with Arista/BMG Records in 2001 to deliver six new albums.
2002 – The year Houston famously told Diane Sawyer on TV, “The biggest devil is me” and insisted, “Crack is wack.”
22 – The age the girl with the golden voice became a millionaire.
1989 – The year Houston created her Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization to help kids around the world.
1 – The million-dollar amount she earned for giving a private gig for the super-rich Sultan of Brunei’s eldest daughter’s wedding in 1996.
1990 – The year she met with then President George Bush in the Oval office to discuss a youth leadership program she was spearheading in Washington D.C
26 – The number of weeks The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack topped the best-selling gospel album Billboard chart. It became best-selling gospel album of all time.
3 – The number of albums she sold that had sales of 9 million copies each: Whitney Houston, Whitney and The Bodyguard.
25 – The number in millions of copies sold of her debut album Whitney Houston. It became the best selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release.
23 – Houston’s age when she scooped Best Female Video at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards for “How Will I Know,” then stole the show with her stunning performance.
XXV – The number of the Super Bowl when she sang the Star Spangled Banner at Tampa Stadium on Jan. 27, 1991.
4 – The number of Houston’s siblings. They are: brother Michael Houston, half-brother Gary Garland Houston, half-brother John Russell Houston and half-sister Alana Houston.
434 – The room number at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles in which she was found dead on Feb. 11, 2012.
Find out more of the shocking secrets and scandals surrounding Whitney Houston’s death, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s shocking passing, on this week’s episode of National Enquirer Investigates, Saturday night at 9 pm PT/ET on REELZ Channel.