Whitney Houston and friends

Published 10:11 AM ET, Sun February 12, 2012
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Whitney Houston stands with pop legend Michael Jackson in March 1988 in New York as Jackson receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the United Negro College Fund. Houston's sudden death at age 48 shocked fans and musicians all over the world. Getty Images
Houston and comedian/actor Eddie Murphy attend the United Negro College Fund's 10th annual Lou Rawls Parade of Stars telethon kickoff party in November 1989 in Beverly Hills, California. Getty Images
Houston and singer Patti LaBelle attend the fourth annual Essence Awards in October 1990 in New York. Getty Images
Bobby Brown, left, looks on as his wife, Whitney Houston, congratulates Clive Davis, president of Arista Records, at a 1995 benefit dinner for Davis. Getty Images
Singer-actress Brandy poses with Houston at the premiere of their made-for-television movie "Cinderella" in October 1997 in Hollywood. REUTERS/Rose Prouser
Chaka Khan, left, and Houston perform during the VH1broadcast concert "Divas Live 99" at New York's Beacon Theater in 1999. The benefit concert supported VH1's "Save the Music" program that funds music education in public schools around the country. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Sting and Whitney Houston appear at the 1999 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/via Getty
Basketball legend Magic Johnson and Houston dance during the taping of the 1998 premier of Johnson's television show, "The Magic Hour," in Los Angeles. REUTERS/POOL
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, left, Houston and Wyclef Jean pose for photographers after performing at the 26th annual American Music Awards in January 1999 in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Rose Prouser
Singer Luther Vandross and Houston pose for photographers in March 1999. wire image
Elton John and Houston embrace during the Academy Awards show in Los Angeles in March 2001. Wire Image
Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston meet backstage during "The VH1 Divas Duets" concert to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in Las Vegas in May 2005. Film Magic
South African President Nelson Mandela hugs Houston in November 1994. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya
Houston pays tribute to Muhammad Ali onstage at Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIV in April 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wire Image
Houston and rapper Ray-J sit ringside for the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight bout in April 2008 in Las Vegas. Getty Images
Houston reacts to receiving the International Artist of the Year award while actor Samuel L. Jackson presents the award at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Houston and singer Kelly Price share the stage at the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy party on Thursday, February 9, in Hollywood. Film Magic
Mariah Carey, left, and Houston record the song "When You Believe," for the soundtrack of Dreamworks' drama "The Prince Of Egypt" in November 1998. Getty Images