By the numbers: Whitney Houston’s life and prolific career

  • Whitney Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos
  • She won at least 411 awards, including 6 Grammy honors
  • The mother of one daughter, she was 48 when she died

(CNN) -- As a singer and as a person, Whitney Houston had been described as larger than life. The numbers speak to that, adding up to a legendary career.


Years that Houston took to make her first album, after being discovered in 1983 in a New York nightclub by iconic music producer Clive Davis

12 million

Copies of her debut album, titled "Whitney Houston," sold in the United States


Consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits that she had in the 1980s -- from "Saving All My Love for You" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" -- breaking a record earlier held by The Beatles and the Bee Gees

79.6 million

Estimated number of those who watched Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991, where Houston's rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" became the gold standard for performing the national anthem, according to many music critics


Gross domestic and international sales from the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard," starring Houston and Kevin Costner

10 million

Units of the "The Bodyguard" soundtrack -- including her chart topping song, "I Will Always Love You" -- sold in its first year of release


Number of children -- Bobbi Kristina, born in 1993 after her marriage to New Edition singer Bobby Brown

60 million

TV viewers who watched Houston star as the Fairy Godmother in an ABC reworking of Cinderella in 1997


Grammy awards that Houston won over the course of her career, the last coming in 2000 for best female R&B performance for "It's Not Right But It's Okay"


Awards total that she'd garnered as of 2006

170 million

Albums, singles and videos that she sold over the course of her career


Age on Saturday, when she was pronounced dead in her fourth-floor room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills

Sources: Whitney Houston's official website; Nielsen;; Recording Industry Association of America

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