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02.12.12

Whitney Houston’s 9 Greatest Performances (Video)

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments, from a chill-inducing ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to the early days singing gospel in church. Plus, Allison Samuels reports from the Beverly Hilton, where Houston died.

9. Matchless Vocals, Auspicious Beginnings

Known for her vocal range and nuanced ability, Whitney was born into a family of vocalists. Her mother, Cissy Houston, was a gospel singer herself and aunt to Dionne Warwick. Aretha Franklin was Whitney's godmother. Here, a young Whitney sings with her mother.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

8. Taking Off With the ‘Greatest Love of All’

Whitney started singing backup for notable acts like Chaka Khan and soon found success for herself. Her first album, Whitney Houston, sold millions of copies and had several hit singles including “Saving All My Love for You” and “Greatest Love of All.”

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

7. Lighting Up the Stage

It wasn’t long before Whitney took off worldwide, scoring a remarkable seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard hits in the mid-1980s, beginning with the jazzy balled “Saving All My Love for You.” Watch as she performs on French television in 1986.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

6. Whitney & Bobby

Not long after she found success, Houston met Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Awards. The two married in 1992, and Whitney gave birth to daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown the next year. Though the couple had a tumultuous relationship—Brown had several run-ins with the law, and Houston later revealed that they abused drugs together—the relationship started out with promise. Watch as they perform at the 1994 Soul Train Awards.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

5. A Diva Duet at the Oscars

Houston was still at the top of her game at the 1999 Oscars, where she teamed up with fellow hit maker Mariah Carey to sing “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. The song went on to win the award for Best Original Song.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

4. ‘I Will Always Love You’

Whitney’s talents were not limited to singing. She struck out into the acting world, costarring with Kevin Costner in 1992’s The Bodyguard. The film was a hit, but the truly unforgettable contribution was her work on the soundtrack. Listen to how she holds those notes on her rendition of Dolly Parton’s song.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

3. A Young Start, ‘Effortless’ Performer

In a rough, early video recording a young Whitney Houston belts out a vocal solo in the spirit of gospel.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

2. Whitney’s Final Stage Performance

In what might be later eulogized as her final performance, Whitney Houston did a spontaneous performance at Tru Hollywood nightclub Feb. 9. She sang a raspy “Jesus Loves Me.”

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.

1. Whitney Houston Sings the National Anthem

By far her most memorable performance, Whitney’s 1991 Super Bowl opener set the standard upon which all other renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” would be measured. Surely it will remain for a long, long time.

Pop superstar Whitney Houston died at age 48 on Saturday. Watch video of some of her best moments.