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We Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and now Whitney Houston—some of the music world’s legends are now gone. Where were you and what were were you doing when you heard of the news of Whitney’s death? For me, it will be one of those memories I look back on and remember exactly where I was when I heard the sad news—one that capped off a memorable day on the mountains of Vail Resort.

I saw the news first in my Facebook newsfeed as I gave the social site a quick look during the brisk walk back from dinner. My friends and I were in complete disbelief. I immediately logged into Visible Intelligence® to see when the news originally broke. Based on the conversation spike on Twitter and Facebook, the news started spreading right around 4:30 PM (PST).

Whitney Houston’s death comes on the eve of the Grammy awards, and based on a quick glance at the prominent terms, and confirmed by Ryan Seacrest’s tweet, Jennifer Hudson will be performing a tribute to Whitney at tomorrow night’s event.

Ironically, earlier in the day, several articles, including this one in the Huffington Post reported that Whitney Houston was likely Simon Cowell’s choice as the next X-Factor judge. Only to be followed hours late by an update of her death.

It is no secret that Whitney Houston led a short, tumultuous life—one that earned 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 2 Emmy Awards—to name a few. She sold over 170 million albums and some of her memorable hits include her cover of Dolly Parton’s original I Will Always Love You from the feature film The Body Guard, and her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl. With all the talented artists that followed, there has never really been a version that compares to hers.

I’m sure the Grammy producers are scrambling to determine how they’ll honor Whitney in tomorrow night’s big music event. In the meantime, Twitter is ablaze with tributes honoring the pop star, including these from her colleagues in the entertainment industry.

If you’re a Spotify user, you can enjoy Houston’s greatest hits album, available via this playlist.

R.I.P. Whitney, you will be missed! What’s your favorite Whitney Houston single? Tell us in the comments.

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