They say time is a healer, but the loss of Whitney Houston is just as raw as the moment the devastating news of her passing broke on February 11 last year. It’s hard to comprehend that we’ll never get to hear that beautiful voice soar again or there’s a lingering sense of injustice that Nippy was robbed of the big comeback many of us deeply hoped was on the cards. But while our hearts still ache for the fallen pop titan, the global outpouring of love that followed her death has made the preceding year bearable.
After years of scandal, drama and what turned out to be a losing battle with personal demons, the world’s focus returned to the superstar’s brilliant musical legacy. We reconnected with the goosebump-inducing vocal talent that turned the New Jersey-chorister into a superstar and the unforgettable songs that shaped the musical landscape of the ’80s and ’90s. Today (February 11), with the anniversary of Whitney’s death upon us, we look back on a tribute-filled year of mourning and loss.