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Ten Incredible Whitney Houston Performances

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Whitney Houston was blessed with an astonishing vocal range and extraordinary technical skill, but what truly made her a great singer was her ability to connect with a song and drive home its drama and emotion with incredible precision. She was a brilliant performer, and her live shows often eclipsed her studio recordings. Here are ten memorable live performances from a career overflowing with great moments.

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‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’ Live in 1997

Houston teamed with Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Brandy, CeCe Winans and Chaka Khan for this medley of songs from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack at the 1997 Grammys. The other stars do a fine job with their respective parts, but Houston is undoubtedly the most commanding presence on the stage.

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‘It’s Not Right But It’s Okay’ Live in 1999

Houston carries herself with the gravitas of royalty in this performance of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" at the 1999 Brit Awards. It's a relatively subtle performance for the singer, who emphasizes the bitter sentiment of the lyrics.

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