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I found an old post I put up nearly two years ago (2010), just after Whitney performed some shows in the UK.

I’ve adapted it into a tribute to the singer, following the music icon’s shocking and extremely sad passing yesterday afternoon, at the age of just 48. She was reportedly found drowned in the bath of her Beverly Hills hotel room. She was in L.A to to attend mentor Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy Awards party later that evening. Prescription drugs were also found in her room.

The sentiments I expressed in the post I wrote two years ago haven’t changed and quite simply express that there has never been a vocalist like Whitney and there is unlikely to ever be one. She had her demons, which affected the latter part of her career and possibly her life, but regardless, in her prime no other vocalist could touch her, and her music will live on forever… Read more below.

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ElDebarge_2010BETWARDSI was real sad to read this week that El DeBarge was back in rehab, especially since his recent comeback, which kicked off to much fanfare at last June’s BET Awards was going so well. Both media and fans have been very excited and supportive of the return of the 80s r&b icon.

toni-braxton3I can’t believe that Toni Braxton has been in the music industry now for nearly 20 years! My, how time flies. I still remember her first single Breathe Again, and the short do she sported in the video. Short hair was to become her signature look in her early career and it suited her. Signed to LaFace Records in 1993, Toni certainly benefited from having legendary award-winning songwriting/music-making duo Babyface and L.A Reid executive producing her debut album. And gems featured on the set included aforementioned Breathe Again, Another Sad Love Song and How Many Ways.

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Mary J Blige is one of the most consistent female singers in the music industry today, and probably my favourite female singer of all time. And not just because everyone says I look like her.

Her music career has spanned nearly 20 years, which is ultra impressive for any artist, let alone a contemporary r&b singer, as this particular genre is so fickle and has seen a multitude of good acts come and go.

But Mary has managed to  buck the trend by keeping things fresh – her look has evolved throughout the years. And her honest,  raw and highly-relatable lyrics, have allowed audiences to identify with her on each album, e.g, her 2007/8 smash single Just Fine (below), from the album of the same name.

Since 1991, Mary has won nine Grammy awards, sold 48 million records, and has managed to maintain a huge amount of respect with fellow artists and fans.

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Grammy Fever is in the air, with the 52nd edition of prestigious annual award ceremony airing tomorrow night. So in honour of the show, I decided to list my top ten unforgettable 80s and 90s Grammy moments. They are not really in any particular order, but the fact that Michael Jackson comes in the first three is not exactly a coincidence. Enjoy!

MICHAEL JACKSON THRILLS THE WORLD (1984)

This was the year Michael was honoured with 12 Grammy nominations and eight Grammy wins! And with the masterpiece which was Thriller, it was well deserved! Michael became the first to set the record for the most nominations in one year, most wins in one night! Seven of the awards were for Thriller ( including Album of the Year) and the other one was for the E.T. storybook track Someone In The Dark.

I love this clip for two reasons, one, Michael is so sweet when he speaks about taking off his glasses, and two, I love how he brings his sisters up on stage. How cute does young Janet look? In his illustrious career Mike pulled in 18 Grammys, including the prestigious (Living) Legend Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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