Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. Houston is the most awarded female act of all time, according to Guinness World Records, and her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

Inspired by several prominent soul singers in her family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Houston began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11.After she began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis. As of 2011, Houston has released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold certification.
休斯顿的妈妈Cissy Houston、表亲Dionne Warwick和已故的Dee Dee Warwick、祖母Aretha Franklin都是著名的灵魂歌手,在他们的激励下,她11岁开始就在新泽西教堂的少年福音唱诗班演唱。她跟妈妈一起在纽约夜总会登台表演后,被爱丽丝塔唱片公司的主管Clive Davis发现。到2011年为止,休斯顿共发行了7张音乐专辑,3张电影原声专辑,所有专辑都有钻石唱片、多白金唱片、白金唱片及金唱片的认证。

Houston is the only artist to chart seven 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 (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"). Houston is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Top Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Album") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was also named Rolling Stone's best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album, Whitney (1987), became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African-American female artists to follow in her footsteps.
休斯顿是唯一一位连续拿下七次公告牌百佳歌曲冠军的艺人(七首歌分别为:"Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know", "Greatest Love of All", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"),在公告牌杂志年终200张最佳专辑榜中,有两张冠军专题,仅次于艾尔顿·约翰排名第二,是唯一一位拿到这个成绩的女艺人。她于1985年推出的首张同名专辑《Whitney Houston》成为当时女艺人中销量最好的出道专辑,这张专题也成为1986年滚石最佳专辑,在滚石最佳500专辑中排名254位。她的第二张专辑,1987年发行的Whitney,成为公告牌200强专辑排行榜的空降冠军,这是女艺人第一次取得这样的成绩。休斯顿在流行音乐榜跨界表现,以及在以"How Will I Know"为起点的MTV中的突出表现,影响了很多美国非裔女艺人跟随她的脚步。

Houston's first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The movie's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, "I Will Always Love You", became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With this album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The album also makes her the only 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 adjoining soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack would go on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Three years after the release of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998), she renewed her recording contract with Arista Records. She released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney, in 2002, and the Christmas-themed One Wish: The Holiday Album in 2003. Amid widespread media coverage of personal and professional turmoil, Houston ended her 14-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown in 2006. In 2009, Houston released her seventh studio album, I Look to You.
休斯顿在影坛崭露头角是在电影《保镖》(1992年)中担任女主角。这部电影的原声拿到了1994年格莱美最佳专辑。专辑中的主打歌《I will always love you》,成为音乐史上女艺人作品的销量冠军。因为这张专辑,休斯顿成为所有艺人(包括独唱和组合、男艺人和女艺人)中,第一位一周内卖出百万张专辑的人。这张专辑也让她成为十大唱片销量排行榜中唯一的一位女艺人,排名第四。休斯顿继续着她的演艺事业,并在电影中演唱,包括1995年的《等待梦醒时分》和1996年的《传教士的妻子》。《传教士的妻子》原声仍然成为了史上最畅销的福音专辑。在第四张专辑《 My Love Is Your Love》发行三年后,她跟爱丽丝塔唱片公司续约。2002年发行了第五张专辑《Just Whitney》,2003年发行圣诞专辑《One Wish: The Holiday Album》。在铺天盖地关于她个人和职业生涯的混乱报道中,她在2006年结束了和歌手鲍比·布朗14年的婚姻。2009年,休斯顿发行第七张专辑《I Look to You》。

Houston died of causes yet to be determined on February 11, 2012. Later this year her film "Sparkle" will be released into theaters.