Whitney Houston‘s astounding vocal talent has been an inspiration to a number of female singers who wanted to follow in her footsteps, but her music was also special enough to transcend across genres.
David Guetta, who was nominated for two Grammys and is performing at the awards show tonight, told reporters on the red carpet that Houston’s ability to speak to a wide variety of listeners always inspired him.
“I was really sad, it was the first year I didn’t go out,” Guetta said of the news that Houston had passed. “I didn’t feel like celebrating…She was making music that speaks to everyone, whether the white or black community. That’s something I’m always trying to do, and she’s always been an inspiration for me.”
Guetta added that he does see dance and electronica gaining more traction, not only in the mainstream but also among critics.
“It’s been amazing, I always wanted our community to grow bigger and share my passion with more people,” he said. “It’s very exciting. It’s really a new area for music. It’s really incredible…To be honest, it felt a little bit like people were ignoring us, even though we were playing to thousands, but the industry wasn’t really paying attention. But it’s happening now.”
“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful,” the fellow R&B singer, 30, said Sunday in a statement, detailing how she first became acquainted with the Grammy winning superstar. “I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.”
Beyonce continues of the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s incomparable vocal talent: “I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control.”
“So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song,” she adds of Houston, who leaves behind daughter Bobbi Christina, 18. ” She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her.”
The music industry is reeling from the death of Whitney Houston, particularly those who saw Houston this weekend in Los Angeles.
The legendary entertainer was in town for Grammy Awards events, and was spotted Thursday in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton as Monica and Brandy rehearsed to perform at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, which went on as planned Saturday evening.
A video of Houston performing with Kelly Price (which comes courtesy VGS&L/Steve Jones @iamstevejones) has been circulating on the Web, and is said to have been taken on Thursday at a pre-Grammys party.
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.”
According to Billboard, the album sold millions and earned Houston her first Grammy for best female pop vocal for the single “Saving All My Love For You.”
She went on to have other hits from that album, including “The Greatest Love of All” and “How Will I Know.” Mentored by impresario Clive Davis, she sealed her place in pop history with successful music videos for songs like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” from her 1987 album “Whitney.”
“The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd tweeted “Vesta Williams … Whitney Houston … too soon … can’t make sense of it.” Williams was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room in September. It was later determined that Williams had suffered from heart trouble.
Houston’s staggering career success through the ’80s and into the ’90s cast her as a major influence for future artists. On Saturday night Simon Cowell told CNN’s Piers Morgan that “I would have liked to have taken her under my wing, as well…she would have been the ultimate mentor for any of the contestants on the [‘X Factor’].”