8 – Whitney Houston
“And I will always love you…” Another trendsetter on the list, Whitney Houston is the most awarded female artist of all time known for her killer vocals in hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Greatest Love of All.”
With over 200 million albums sold worldwide and seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 hits, Houston is one of the highest selling musicians in history making her talent a true legacy.
On a downward spiral thanks in part to her relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown (stay tuned for more later on the list!), by the new millennium Houston had lost much of her sparkle as she appeared thin and strung out at many public events.
While Houston first claimed it was stress from work and her lifestyle, by 2002 she admitted that she had been using a number of drugs including cocaine. Continuing to deny ever using crack cocaine, Houston never managed to get clean.
On February 11, 2012, she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as a result of heart disease and cocaine use.