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Ten Incredible Whitney Houston Performances

Watch live clips of ‘I Will Always Love You,’ ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and more

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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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‘I Have Nothing’ Live in 1993

"I Have Nothing," one of Houston's tracks from The Bodyguard soundtrack, is one of the finest showcases of her vocal power. In this performance from the Billboard Awards in 1993, she builds to a devastating crescendo without overplaying the emotion of the song.

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‘I Will Always Love You’ Live in 1994

By the time Whitney Houston performed her signature version of the ballad “I Will Always Love You” at the Grammy Awards in 1994, the song had dominated the pop charts for an enormous chunk of the previous year. At that moment, the song was virtually omnipresent, but she sang it with such grace and power that the raw sentiment of the tune was fresh all over again.

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‘I’m Every Woman’ Live in 1994

"I'm Every Woman" closed out the majority of concerts on Houston's The Bodyguard World Tour, with the singer leading fans through a spirited singalong. In this clip from a gig in Rio de Janeiro, she whips a vast audience into a frenzy with a performance that builds from relatively subtle phrasing on the verses to vocal pyrotechnics at the climax.

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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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