Artist Spotlight: Whitney Houston

Needless to say, Whitney Houston has been on our collective minds lately. And while there's been much to say about the tragic, sudden way she left the world -- and the struggles she weathered during her last few years in it -- there's also been much cause to celebrate the considerable musical legacy she left behind.

As Whitney racked up hit after hit, she became known as a singles artist, capable of turning even the National Anthem into not only a spine-tingling experience, but pure pop gold. She also had a gift with movie soundtracks: such iconic songs as "I Will Always Love You" and "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" overlapped with her acting forays to create a multifaceted performance experience. But while those singles are memorable, Houston's albums also made some pretty significant dents in the pop canon, from her debut, which showcased a voice far beyond her oh-so-slight years, to her last effort, a weathered-but-not-beaten collection that still glowed with diva fire.

Whatever the format, what this spotlight really illuminates is a formidable presence and a ferocious voice that will live on in our hearts and minds long after the media circus has died down.

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