Whitney Houston 1963-2012: The Iconic Singer's Life and Career in Pictures
1:40 AM PST 2/12/2012 by Sophie Schillaci, Kyleen James
News of Whitney Houston's sudden death shocked the industry on Saturday, Feb. 11, just hours before she was scheduled to hit the red carpet at mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala. Heralded as one of the best female vocalists of all time, Houston was staging another return to the spotlight with a starring role in the big-screen remake of "Sparkle" and a potential seat on "The X Factor" judges' panel. Sony TriStar will release "Sparkle," which includes two of her final recorded tracks, on Aug. 17.