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Whitney: Her best live performance

These are tracks from her 2014 album, "Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances".

Which is your favorite?

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by Anonymousreply 105November 24, 2021 7:09 AM

You Give Good Love (Live from The Tonight Show)

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by Anonymousreply 1November 15, 2021 3:11 AM

How Will I Know (Live from Brit Awards)

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by Anonymousreply 2November 15, 2021 3:12 AM

One Moment in Time (Live from Grammy Awards)

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by Anonymousreply 3November 15, 2021 3:13 AM

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Live from That’s What Friends Are For)

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by Anonymousreply 4November 15, 2021 3:13 AM

The Star Spangled Banner (Live from Super Bowl)

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by Anonymousreply 5November 15, 2021 3:14 AM

All the Man I Need (Live from Welcome Home Heroes)

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by Anonymousreply 6November 15, 2021 3:14 AM

Medley: I Loves You Porgy, And I Am Telling You / I Have Nothing

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by Anonymousreply 7November 15, 2021 3:15 AM

My Love is Your Love (Letterman Show)

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by Anonymousreply 8November 15, 2021 3:16 AM

Whitney Houston - Lover Man, My Man & All The Man That I Need (Billboard Awards 1991)

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by Anonymousreply 9November 15, 2021 3:17 AM

Believe in You and Me (Live from WMAs)

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by Anonymousreply 10November 15, 2021 3:18 AM

I Will Always Love You

Live in Monaco, just magical!!

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by Anonymousreply 11November 15, 2021 3:18 AM

There is Music in You - Live at the Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998

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by Anonymousreply 12November 15, 2021 3:19 AM

'Didn't We Almost Have it All' - Live Saratoga Springs, NY 1987

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by Anonymousreply 13November 15, 2021 3:21 AM

This Day


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by Anonymousreply 14November 15, 2021 3:22 AM

Why Does it Hurt So Bad - Live MTV Awards 1996

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by Anonymousreply 15November 15, 2021 3:24 AM

Didn't We Almost Have It All

in Saratoga Springs, NY

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by Anonymousreply 16November 15, 2021 3:24 AM

I Learned from the Best - Manheim, Germany 1999.

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by Anonymousreply 17November 15, 2021 3:26 AM

Greatest Love Of All

1990 Arista Records

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by Anonymousreply 18November 15, 2021 3:28 AM

He, I Believe - Wembley Stadium, London (1988)

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by Anonymousreply 19November 15, 2021 3:29 AM

A Song for You - Welcome Home Heroes Concert, Norfolk, VA (1991)

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by Anonymousreply 20November 15, 2021 3:32 AM

'In Return' - Yokohama, Japan 1991

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by Anonymousreply 21November 15, 2021 3:34 AM

This Day - Rehersal, TV special - 1992

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by Anonymousreply 22November 15, 2021 3:40 AM

Aretha Franklin Tribute - Washington D.C. 1997

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by Anonymousreply 23November 15, 2021 3:42 AM

Stormy Weather Live

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by Anonymousreply 24November 15, 2021 3:49 AM

I loved her Star Spangled Banner but not a peep of that was live

by Anonymousreply 25November 15, 2021 3:51 AM

Whitney Houston is that rare singer who sounded better live than on studio records.

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by Anonymousreply 27November 15, 2021 3:52 AM

We've settled this in previous threads.

The "Loverman/My Man/All The Man That I Need" medley from 1991 Billboard Awards.

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by Anonymousreply 28November 15, 2021 3:56 AM

Whitney's finest moment live

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by Anonymousreply 29November 15, 2021 3:56 AM

I Loves You Porgy/Summertime - Washington, DC 1997

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by Anonymousreply 30November 15, 2021 3:57 AM

The shocking Wanna Be Startin Something (September 7, 2001):

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by Anonymousreply 31November 15, 2021 3:59 AM

Diana Ross Tribute - Washington DC, 1997

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by Anonymousreply 32November 15, 2021 4:00 AM

My vote is for "All the Man That I Need". It's her most soulful and powerful performance.

by Anonymousreply 33November 15, 2021 4:02 AM

Dionne Warwick Tribute - Washington DC, 1997

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by Anonymousreply 34November 15, 2021 4:05 AM

'I Have Nothing' - Johannesburg, South Africa (1994). Peak Whitney!

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by Anonymousreply 35November 15, 2021 4:14 AM

I Am Changing 1984

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by Anonymousreply 36November 15, 2021 4:21 AM

Ever heard her sing in the shower? Sounds like she’s underwater trying to come up for air.

by Anonymousreply 37November 15, 2021 4:22 AM

Master Blaster - Johannesburg, South Africa (1994)

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by Anonymousreply 38November 15, 2021 4:32 AM

Love Medley - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1994)

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by Anonymousreply 39November 15, 2021 4:37 AM

Natural Woman - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1994)

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by Anonymousreply 40November 15, 2021 4:39 AM

Love Medley - Santiago de Chile, Chile (1994)

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by Anonymousreply 41November 15, 2021 4:40 AM

All At Once - AMAs 1987

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by Anonymousreply 42November 15, 2021 4:42 AM

The one where she ate pussy after.

by Anonymousreply 43November 15, 2021 4:50 AM

I literally got goosebumps just scrolling through this thread (without sound). There will never be another Whitney.

by Anonymousreply 44November 15, 2021 5:06 AM

The Super Bowl performance is winning by a huge margin, with >62% of the votes.

by Anonymousreply 45November 15, 2021 6:48 PM

In that Diana Ross tribute her backup singers do most of the song. Was that a wig or her natural hair? That hair style looked really bad on her.

by Anonymousreply 46November 15, 2021 7:18 PM

Abraham, Martin and John

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by Anonymousreply 47November 17, 2021 11:28 AM

Mr Bojangles

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by Anonymousreply 48November 17, 2021 11:32 AM

Wasn't her Super Bowl performance pre-recorded?

by Anonymousreply 49November 17, 2021 11:59 AM

[quote] Whitney Houston is that rare singer who sounded better live than on studio records.

I disagree. Her live versions were almost unrecognizable to the recorded version. R1 is exhibit A.

by Anonymousreply 50November 17, 2021 12:00 PM

Once there was Jabba. But now, we bring you Whabba, the Whitney Houston troll!

by Anonymousreply 51November 17, 2021 12:09 PM

R49 yes it was pre-recorded and shouldn't even be considered here.

by Anonymousreply 52November 17, 2021 12:14 PM

That's what good live performers do R50.

I think the Super Bowl pre-record had more to do with sound techniques and acoustics than her voice. She's proven time and again that she can deliver a great live performance.

by Anonymousreply 53November 17, 2021 3:36 PM

One Moment In Time

by Anonymousreply 54November 17, 2021 3:39 PM

[quote] Her best live performance

As a heterosexual.

by Anonymousreply 55November 17, 2021 3:41 PM

[quote] I think the Super Bowl pre-record had more to do with sound techniques and acoustics than her voice.

I totally understand why they'd want to prerecord a layer of that for the Super Bowl. But it ain't live, it's Memorex.

by Anonymousreply 56November 17, 2021 3:42 PM

[quote] That's what good live performers do [R50].

Not to the point where it's unrecognizable. Or when she's talking her way through it.

by Anonymousreply 57November 17, 2021 3:46 PM

Her musical director, Rickey Minor, who came up with the arrangement addresses the super bowl live controversy here. Says Whitney sang live in the stadium but the NFL made the call to use the pre-recorded audio. Read the whole article at link.

[quote]“She never heard it until she sang it for the pre-record, as in all of the Super Bowl and big events like that, they require singers to do a safety vocal,” he said. “That is pretty much that first take and her first time hearing it, which is really unusual. Singers, actors, they always say the first take; that's really the truth. You're reacting to what you're hearing in the moment, rather than trying to craft a perfect vocal.”

[quote]The pre-recorded version that is almost entirely from that first take ended up being the audio used on the day of the Super Bowl, despite Houston still singing live on the field. The debate on whether the audio heard was the live performance from that day or a pre-recorded version slightly muddied the waters of the performance’s legacy, since lip-syncing is such a polarizing topic and there were multiple conflicting messages being shared by many of the parties involved in the performance.

That performance has been dissected for thirty years. It is, indeed, iconic and belongs here.

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by Anonymousreply 58November 17, 2021 5:06 PM

This is the best article I've read about how the Super Bowl performance unfolded. My favourite part: The NFL tried to change it back to normal and Whitney shut it down.

[quote]"Then on Jan. 17," as Steeg further recalled it, "senior executives with the NFL asked to hear the recording. A tape was overnighted to Buffalo, where the AFC championship game was played. The next day I was told the version was viewed as too slow and difficult to sing along with. Could I ask to have it redone." Perhaps the NFL was afraid there would be discontent in the stands, as there had been when Jose Feliciano dared to find himself and the times in the anthem before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series. So Steeg called John Houston, Whitney's father and her manager at the time. "The conversation was brief," Steeg said. "There would be no recording."

It's pretty clear Whitney had agency and was not the product or puppet the media was portraying. They were always trying to credit a white man (Clive Davis) for her success, but here's the kicker: Clive never found another Whitney.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 17, 2021 5:18 PM

R58 I don't get it. She sang live but at the last minute the SB producers decided to dub in an earlier rehearsal performance instead? So, what the stadium heard was not what we heard on TV at home? I don't know. It sounds cagey on her musical director's part, as if he doesn't want to admit outright that it was lip-synched.

by Anonymousreply 60November 17, 2021 5:20 PM

r50/r57 Whitney's appeal is that she sang a song the same way, twice. That's the mark of a great live performer and an improviser. It comes from her gospel training, that's why the live performances were more soulful than the studio versions.

by Anonymousreply 61November 17, 2021 5:21 PM

R59 Clive Davis was very instrumental in Whitney's career. Don't try to rewrite history.

by Anonymousreply 62November 17, 2021 5:23 PM

That's what he's saying, r60. The stadium heard her live but the TV audience heard the pre-record.

by Anonymousreply 63November 17, 2021 5:23 PM

Esquire Magazine confirming the behind-the-scenes shenanigans:

[quote]But behind the scenes, NFL executives nearly derailed the whole performance. Execs argued that the gospel-style take would be deemed over the top. That Houston's approach was simply too much for the occasion. They reportedly asked that the song be redone, but Houston's father shut them down. No recording.

Their take:

[quote]The National Anthem, as we know it today, is due in large part to Houston. Though the Super Bowl had been tapping top-tier talent to sing the Anthem since Diana Ross' 1982 performance, no one had taken the artistic license that Houston did. Super Bowl renditions were predictable and deliberate, more akin to a singalong than a track open for interpretation. Houston upended that tradition. The closest thing the Super Bowl had seen to a deviation was the year before, when Aaron Neville performed the Anthem in his signature vocal style. There's a rich history of Black artists reinterpreting the National Anthem for political and creative purposes—notably Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye (whose own version inspired Houston's performance). But this was the first time an artist had reimagined the Anthem at the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in America.

After Whitney Houston, now everybody puts their spin on the national anthem, sometimes with disastrous results. Many try to copy Whitney's inflections, particularly the way she sings "free", which wasn't part of the original music.

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by Anonymousreply 64November 17, 2021 5:34 PM

What an amazing thread with all those amazing links!

She won an Emmy for singing Saving All My Love for You on the Grammys.

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by Anonymousreply 65November 17, 2021 5:55 PM

Apparently after that Whitney performance of Saving All My Love For You, Streisand walked up to her and asked “how do you do that ?”--according to Robyn Crawford's book.

by Anonymousreply 66November 17, 2021 6:01 PM

From Dreamgirls: I am Changing

13 minutes of perfection, Live from London

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by Anonymousreply 67November 17, 2021 6:13 PM

Always loved this

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by Anonymousreply 68November 17, 2021 9:37 PM

There have been so many tributes/covers of Whitney's music in the last decade, but I've yet to hear a single artist improve upon Whitney's version.

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by Anonymousreply 69November 18, 2021 4:39 AM

[quote]That's what he's saying, [R60]. The stadium heard her live but the TV audience heard the pre-record.

That doesn't make sense. It would have been obvious it's two different versions. A comfortable live performer as Whitney was can always to slight variations to a song.

I tend to believe she lip synced and was aware that she was singing to a pre-record. Not because she wasn't able to sing the song live, but because the acoustics of the stadium and technical circumstances demanded it.

If you watch her closely it becomes pretty obvious she's not singing live here.

by Anonymousreply 70November 18, 2021 4:52 AM

I like Saving All My Love for You at David Letterman.

by Anonymousreply 71November 18, 2021 5:17 AM

Whabba whabba whabba!

by Anonymousreply 72November 18, 2021 5:26 AM

[quote] I like Saving All My Love for You at David Letterman.

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by Anonymousreply 73November 18, 2021 5:30 AM

[quote]I tend to believe she lip synced and was aware that she was singing to a pre-record.

That's what you believe, but no one involved says she did. And I don't think you were there.

by Anonymousreply 74November 18, 2021 6:09 AM

r73 That's as close to the original that I've heard her sing live. Perfect.

by Anonymousreply 75November 18, 2021 6:14 AM

I Believe in You and Me - UK TV show1997

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by Anonymousreply 76November 18, 2021 6:21 AM

Until You Come Back Me/My Love Is Your Love - AMA1999

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by Anonymousreply 77November 18, 2021 6:31 AM

ENOUGH with these extra 'filler' songs. Makes one have to wade through all of it to talk about the list the OP posted.

Now I'm too tired to reply.

by Anonymousreply 78November 18, 2021 6:37 AM

It Hurts Like Hell - Leipzig, Germany 1999

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by Anonymousreply 79November 18, 2021 6:41 AM

The Love You Save (Jackson 5) - Buenos Aires 1994. Sounds like a young Michael Jackson

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by Anonymousreply 80November 18, 2021 6:47 AM

People involved in the super bowl production did say she sang to a pre-record, but I can understand that some people STILL deny it. I think it's obvious from her gestures and the way she moves her mouth that she lip synced. The differences are subtle but obvious. I also said Beyonce lip synced during Obama's second inauguration.

You can see the difference between a singer performing a song and trying to match mouth movements and gestures of a performance on a pre-recorded tape. It's completely two different things.

by Anonymousreply 81November 18, 2021 7:06 AM

Her live performance of her platinum selling Urban/Hip-Hop chart topper, "Crack Is Wack (Whitney Too Rich To Do Crack)".

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by Anonymousreply 83November 18, 2021 9:42 AM

It's the Porgy and Bess medley. That performance is simply insane.

by Anonymousreply 84November 18, 2021 9:55 AM

[quote]People involved in the super bowl production did say she sang to a pre-record, but I can understand that some people STILL deny it. I think it's obvious from her gestures and the way she moves her mouth that she lip synced. The differences are subtle but obvious.

It would be nice if you provided a link. Especially considering there are at least 3 different sources on this thread alone stating that she, at best, sang live to the stadium or, worst, into a dead mic. Her neck muscles suggest she was, indeed, vocalizing.

Related, but it's interesting that a singer so renowned for her live performances (as this thread proves) is hounded for this one performance in an attempt to discredit her entire career. We're talking about a woman who insisted on singing live even in her sad last years when her voice had long deserted her, to embarrassing results and international ridicule. This even as her contemporaries had taken to lipsynching by default. Why would she lip-synch at her vocal peak when she wouldn't do it after she'd lost the voice?

by Anonymousreply 85November 18, 2021 11:45 AM

Her mike was off!

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by Anonymousreply 86November 18, 2021 12:13 PM

Nobody is discrediting her R85. I said numerous times that she obviously was capable of singing live. But on this occasion the technical aspects of the show demanded she perform to a pre-recorded version. That's just what it is.

by Anonymousreply 87November 18, 2021 12:18 PM

No way something as huge as the Superbowl would allow singing without it being recorded before. It learned from the whole Janet Jackson debacle and it would never leave anything to chance again.

The fact that it was recorded means she definitely sang it. Plus, it was apparently her first take

by Anonymousreply 88November 18, 2021 4:27 PM

R83 = Taylor Swift, feeling excluded.

by Anonymousreply 89November 18, 2021 7:03 PM

I agree with your statement, R88. But Janet was over a decade after Whitney. So Whitney's pre recording had nothing to do with what the powers that be learned from Nipple Gate.

by Anonymousreply 90November 18, 2021 9:08 PM

All the singers prerecord the Star Spangled Banner for Super Bowl. God forbid they should fuck it up.

by Anonymousreply 91November 18, 2021 9:21 PM

It Hurts Like Hell - Stuttgart, Germany 1999

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by Anonymousreply 92November 19, 2021 2:24 AM

Medley - Buenos Aires, Argentina 1004

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by Anonymousreply 93November 19, 2021 2:28 AM

^ *1994

by Anonymousreply 94November 19, 2021 2:33 AM

Even on off-days when her voice was hoarse, her engagement and interaction with the audience made for a good concert.

Love Song Medley - Brunei, 1996

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by Anonymousreply 95November 19, 2021 2:47 AM

I'm Every Woman 1994

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by Anonymousreply 96November 21, 2021 1:36 AM

God Bless the Child

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by Anonymousreply 97November 21, 2021 5:13 PM

God Bless America

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by Anonymousreply 98November 21, 2021 5:18 PM

Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Montreux, Switzerland 1987

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by Anonymousreply 99November 24, 2021 5:42 AM

R5 doesn't count. She may have sung live, but the microphone was dead, and the vocals were pre-recorded. It WAS a moving performance, but the vocal performance wasn't live.

by Anonymousreply 100November 24, 2021 5:50 AM

I Will Always Love You, sung by Whitney Houston, is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

by Anonymousreply 101November 24, 2021 6:11 AM

^ Good thing you're not the majority of people then. It's one of the best-selling singles in history.

by Anonymousreply 102November 24, 2021 6:35 AM

I’m “partial”(tee hee) to her private performance for some sultan during her declining years where her teeth began falling from her gums like pearls from a broken string mid-song.

by Anonymousreply 103November 24, 2021 6:47 AM

^Another lie. Autopsy said she implants and veneers.

by Anonymousreply 104November 24, 2021 7:06 AM

[quote]her private performance for some sultan

This sultan, r103?

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