Whitney Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a R&B, pop singer, songwriter, actress, film producer, and former model. Houston debuted in the mid 1980s with the release of her self-titled album, and later released a record seven consecutive number-one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was also one of a few African-American artists who received heavy rotation on early MTV in the 1980's. Houston continued her success in the 1990's with the release of several movies and soundtracks, in particularly The Bodyguard, which became one of the best-selling albums of all time, and spawned the highly successful Dolly Parton remake "I Will Always Love You". By the turn of the millennium, however, her popularity and success had entered a decline due to publicized allegations of drug abuse.
Throughout her career, Houston has sold over 170 million records , and she is the only female artist to have two albums in the top 35 of the best selling albums in the U.S. She has influenced a generation of singers such as Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce Knowles and has won twenty-one American Music Awards (a record for a solo artist), and six Grammy Awards.