Sturges, Fiona, The Independent (London, England)
Singer and actress whose talent was overshadowed by addiction
Whitney Houston, who has died at the age of 48, was a dazzling performer who blazed a trail for a new generation of black female singers, from Beyonc Knowles to Mary J Blige. In her Eighties heyday, Houston became the queen of the power ballad and single- handedly invented the concept of the pop diva. Even the sappy production and anodyne lyrics of her biggest singles couldn't dent her reputation as an artist of unrivalled vocal talent. She had a voice that could raise roofs and bring down buildings. Powerful, yet pure, it was the standard to which subsequent female singers would aspire.
She also set a …
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