Guinness World Records lists Whitney as music's "most awarded female artist of all time," with an amazing tally of 411 awards (as of 2006), a tally that is certainly topped by her two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 23 American Music Awards, MTV VMAs in the United States and Europe, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and so on. She received the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award (she was inducted into the Kids Choice Hall of Fame in 1996), the Dove (Gospel Music Association) Award and Blockbuster Entertainment Award. Whitney was inducted into the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Walk of Fame in 1996 and received Soul Train's prestigious Quincy Jones Career Achievement Award in 1998.
True to her church upbringing, the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc. was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization that cares for such problems as homelessness, children with cancer and AIDS and other issues of self-empowerment. In June 1995, the foundation was awarded a VH1 Honor for its charitable work. Funds have been raised for numerous causes involving children around the world, from South Africa to Newark, and generated more than $300,000 for the Children's Defense Fund as a result of a 1997 HBO concert.
Whitney's tireless efforts have earned recognition from such organizations as St. Jude Children's Hospital, the United Negro College Fund and the Children's Diabetes Foundation, all of which have benefited from the heart and soul of a great artist and humanitarian. Singing to audiences on every continent, Whitney has won her worldwide following the old-fashioned way, digging deep down into her soul and finding common threads with her millions of fans.
Whitney passed away on February 11, 2012. She was 48 years old.
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