WHITNEY HOUSTON LIKES WEARING THE PANTS
“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.” Wise words from a true Diva. We can wear pants and be in charge.
雲妮·伊利沙伯·侯斯頓（英語：Whitney Elizabeth Houston，1963年8月9日－2012年2月11日）是位曾獲得格林美獎的美國R&B歌手、演員、電影製作人與並曾擔任模特兒。她以強而有力的嗓音、一字多轉音的感染力與寬廣的音域為世人所熟知，並成為國際樂壇天后。2009年，健力士世界紀錄確認她為現今獲獎最多的女性。出道初期以”Saving All My Love for You”、”How Will I Know” 和 “Greatest Love of All”（陳百強遺作《至愛》原版）得到流行歌曲排行榜冠軍後，為個人確立了多種曲風，亦因為流行榜上的佳績和出眾的MTV，引領了不少非裔美國女藝人（包括珍妮·積遜 Janet Jackson 和 安妮塔·貝克 Anita Baker）跟隨她的腳步。
在1980年代，雲妮是米高·積遜以外少數能夠在 MTV 獲得大量的播出機會的黑人藝人之一，而那時是男性為主的搖滾時代。AOL Black Voices 曾說「雖然她的成功如同避雷針一般，但總是能夠從她那優美且有力的聲音中得到證明。」而封她為 “The Voice” 更是使她聞名。她是唯一在美國擁有兩張最佳銷售前 35 名的專輯的女性歌手，更是唯一擁有在告示牌流行榜 (Billboard) 連續七首冠軍單曲紀錄的歌手。雲妮在全世界有超過兩億 5000 萬張唱片的銷售紀錄。 根據 Ebony 雜誌，雲妮被認為是 20世紀中，世界最迷人的黑人女性前 100 名之一。
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know,” influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.
During the 1980s, MTV was coming into its own and received criticism for not playing enough videos by black artists. With Michael Jackson breaking down the color barrier for black men, Houston did the same for black women. She became the first black woman to receive heavy rotation on the network following the success of the “How Will I Know” video. Following Houston’s breakthrough, other African-American women, such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker, were successful in popular music. Baker commented that “Because of what Whitney and Sade did, there was an opening for me… For radio stations, black women singers aren’t taboo anymore.”