RIP Whitney Houston


This is how I will always remember Whitney Houston. As a fresh faced, super talented, 22 year old, who had me singing at the top of my lungs about my primary school crush “How Will I Know if He Really Loves Me?”; she had me copying her moves in “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”; and shedding tears and inspiring me with her renditions of “I Will Always Love You” and “One Moment In Time”. Her music was the soundtrack of my life in the late 80s and 90s.

I was so sad and shocked to wake to the news of her death this morning. Whitney’s was the first ever cassette tape I owned, which was on repeat in my first ever walkman. I would deafen passers by as I tried to hit all her high notes, even the dogs in the neighbourhood would run screaming. But I didn’t care. I was so happy pretending I too could sing and dance like Whitney!

Whitney was only 48 but she achieved so much! She won a total of 415 Awards, 2 Emmys, 6 Grammys, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Awards & sold over 170 million  Albums (I’m sure that number will continue to grow). In 2009, according to the Guiness Book of World Records, Whitney was the most awarded female of all time (Wikipedia).

Not only was Whitney an amazing, uber-talented singer but she showed the world she could act, in the popular film, The Bodyguard. That film not only had us all wanting a body guard like Kevin Costner, but had us all singing “I Will Always Love You” at the top of our lungs.

Whitney was to attend, and possibly perform, at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party but instead, Jennifer Hudson will be performing a tribute to the great lady herself at tonight’s Grammys.

The world will be able to see one last Whitney Houston performance as she had just finished shooting Sparkle. A film about three sisters who are part of a successful singing group and have to deal with the affect of fame and drugs.

Below are some of my favourite Whitney Houston moments.

How Will I Know – this was on repeat on my walkman (I used to sing this about my 1st Primary School crush)

The Greatest Love of All – still one of the most beautiful songs ever

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – not the greatest dancer but Whitney had me bopping away

Whitney Houston as Rachel Marron in The Body Guard – this always brings a tear to my eye

One Moment In Time – so inspiring

RIP Ms Houston. May you truly be in peace now. Thank you for the music and all the beautiful moments. My heart goes out to you and your beautiful daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Sarina 😦 x

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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2 Responses to RIP Whitney Houston

  1. Helen says:

    Well said Sarina. She was an amazing woman!

  2. phil says:

    my joy was that she found christ, what a life she was a great woman

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