Whitney Houston 1963-2012

Whitney Houston: Her Life in Pictures

From her record-breaking music career to her ongoing personal struggles, look back at the superstar's defining moments

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Just weeks after signing a $100 million Arista record contract, Houston kicked off the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special in September 2001 alongside Usher and Mya, singing "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'." But it was her gaunt figure that really started some talk; after blaming a "bad shot," she would admit years later her thinness was due to drug use.