On the eve of music’s biggest stage, the 54th Grammy Awards, emergency medical personnel were called to Whitney Houston‘s fourth floor hotel room at approximately 3:40 pm. The team was unsuccessful with resuscitation and at 3:55 Pacific time, the legendary performer was pronounced dead.
Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model, cited as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her resume includes two Emmies, six Grammies, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
Inspired by prominent soul singers in her family, including her mother Cissy Houston, cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11.