Guiness World Records holder for being the most awarded female act of all time, Whitney Houston, died today (February 11, 2012) at the age of 48.

Her accolades include 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. Houston is also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide.

Among her hits that will live on as her legacy were “One Moment in Time,” “How Will I Know,” “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You” (above video).

Drug abuse is purportedly the cause of her death. In recent years it will be recalled that  her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown.

whitney houston dead at 48
Whitney at her best