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Whitney Houston honored at the 2012 Grammy Awards

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Singer Whitney Houston performs at the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Pop icon Whitney Houston died on Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was staying before a pre-Grammy performance. The cause of her death is unknown.

Over the course of her career, Houston had 11 Billboard No. 1 singles. She won six Grammy Awards and was nominated 26 times.

Her death came one day before the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony and organizers scrambled to pull together tributes to her throughout the show. LL Cool J hosted the ceremony and began with a prayer dedicating the ceremony to her. Singer Jennifer Hudson honored Houston by singing Houston's famous rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Houston's mentor, record producer Clive Davis, shared that he had "a very heavy heart."

Bill Werde, executive director of Billboard Magazine, joins the show to discuss Houston's influence on pop music and her legacy. He retraces the tipping point in her career, when Houston stopped singing. Werde also describes the effect Houston's drug abuse had on her voice and public persona, and the strain of her marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Last May, Houston reportedly went back into rehab.

Jennifer Hudson's tribute:

Whitney Houston's last performance on Feb. 11, 2012:

Whitney Houston performing at the 1987 Grammy Awards

Whitney Houston performing at the 1994 Grammy Awards

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