Whitney Houston at special events: Top 10 videos

Whitney Houston TOP 10

Whitney Houston sings “The Greatest Love of All” at the 1987 Grammys.

With Whitney Houston’s long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame taking place on Nov. 7, many will undoubtedly remember the performance that could be seen as the pinnacle of her career: Her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl.

It’s a good time to remember, though, that Houston, who died in 2012, always seemed to rise to the occasion and come up big at big events. Below are 10 thrilling performances from 10 different events (including the Super Bowl), over the years.

Joining Houston in the Hall’s class of 2020 are Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode and T. Rex. Jon Landau and Irving Azoff — best known for managing Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles, respectively — will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is reserved for non-performers.

Participants in the induction ceremony will include Springsteen, Luke Bryan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Miley Cyrus, Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl, Don Henley, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Chris Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brad Paisley, St. Vincent, Ringo Starr, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron and Nancy Wilson.

The ceremony will be shown at 8 p.m. ET Nov. 7 on HBO, with a simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio on the following channels: Classic Vinyl (channel 26), VOLUME (channel 106) and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (channel 310). It will also be available for streaming on HBO Max.

Here are the videos, in chronological order:

“The Greatest Love of All,” Liberty Weekend Concert at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, July 4, 1986

“The Greatest Love of All,” Grammy Awards at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 1987

“That’s What Friends Are For” with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross, Soul Train Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, March 23, 1987

“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” at American Music Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Jan. 25, 1989

“One Moment in Time” at Grammy Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 1989

“The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl, Tampa Stadium, Jan. 27, 1991

“All the Man That I Need” at Welcome Home Heroes concert, Naval Station Norfolk, March 31, 1991

“I Will Always Love You” at World Music Awards, Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, May 4, 1994

“I Have Nothing” at The Concert for a New South Africa, Ellis Park, Johannesburg, Nov. 12, 1994.

“When You Believe” with Mariah Carey at Academy Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, March 21, 1999

An exhibition devoted to all the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 inductees has opened at the hall’s museum in Cleveland.


Since launching in September 2014, NJArts.net, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to NJArts.net via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to NJArts.net to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.


Custom Amount

Personal Info

Donation Total: $20.00

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter