Whitney Houston born as Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963. Whitney Houston is an American R&B/pop singer and actress. Whitney Houston is the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, and her list of awards include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Whitney Houston is also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.
Inspired by several prominent soul singers in Whitney Houston' extended family, including mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston began singing with New Jersey church's junior gospel choir at age 11. After Whitney Houston began performing alongside her mother in night clubs in the New York City area, she was discovered by Arista Records label head Clive Davis.