Fans of '80s R&B music have suffered yet another loss.
Just months after the deaths of '80s R&B chanteuse Vesta Williams, rapper Heavy D and singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, who was one half of the duo Ashford and Simpson, fans are once again grappling with the silenced voice of one of the superstars of that era: Whitney Houston.
The New Jersey native and daughter of famed background singer Cissy Houston first burst onto the music scene in 1985 with her debut album "Whitney Houston."
Trying to single out just one of Whitney Houston's songs as an all-time favorite feels like an impossible task: For so many of us, she provided the soundtrack to a number of memorable moments in our lives.
On Twitter Saturday night, #FavoriteWhitneySong was trending as fans shared some of their beloved tunes. Over the course of her career, Houston collected six Grammys, was the first artist to have seven consecutive No. 1 hits, and was undoubtedly the singer who influenced many of the pop stars we hear today.
But if we had to choose some of our favorite Houston songs, the list would surely include her smash from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, "I Will Always Love You."
As news spread Saturday that legendary singer Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48, shocked reactions from fans and her entertainment contemporaries began to pour in, especially on Twitter.
Mariah Carey wrote, "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world."
The Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker, acknowledged Houston's roots in the state, tweeting,"RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark's and New Jersey's treasured daughters."
There are plenty of good vibrations surrounding The Beach Boys as they gear up for a reunion performance at the Grammys on Sunday.
The group hasn't performed together live in more than two decades, but Mike Love and Brian Wilson told CNN that any tension among them is all in the past.
"It feels really nice" to get back together on the Grammy stage after so many years, Love said, and Wilson concurred.
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