As the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin and cousin of Dionne Warwick, Houston was poised for greatness, but her death on Saturday changed all that. However, her impact on popular music remains. "Everyone from Mariah Carey to Adele owes huge gratitude to Whitney Houston," says Lola Ogunnaike, a Today Show contributor.
In the video above, NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports on Houston's life and musical legacy, featuring laments from Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Clive Davis, and other music legends.
It may come as no surprise that CBS reported yesterday that the most popular single downloaded on iTunes was "I Will Always Love You" -- the Dolly Parton classic that became one of Houston's signature hits.