This is one moment in our history when we were all proud to be American. Whitney sang this with such joy, it was an infectious experience. I don’t remember anything about the game except her performance. Whitney sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. Her list of awards includes 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, and 30 Billboard Music Awards.
Substance abuse was part of Whitney’s life for a very long time…on May 11 2011, she was banned from Prince concerts, by Prince himself for her bad behavior during his show. According to the Examiner Arts & Entertainment, Whitney was constantly badgering Prince for tickets and during the final concert she was allowed to attend, she kept attempting to get on stage with Prince but he did not want her to embarrass herself since she was so obviously intoxicated. She was an addict who died a long time ago in spirit. Forty-eight is a young age to die for anyone, but especially for someone with her resources and access to the best health care and the time to take care of herself like few have. However, money and fame are the ultimate enablers. If you know someone who is struggling with addiction or you are struggling yourself, have compassion and forgiveness … especially if the person has embraced the ‘powerless’ and ‘disease’ nonsense of the 12 steps. You can’t buy your way out of it and you can’t escape the hell of self destruction that comes with it. I hope this stands as a lesson for us all; fame & fortune are wonderful, yet are no guarantee of happiness. Take care of your body, mind, and spirit for we all die. Rest in peace Miss Houston. God bless your children with a future full of addiction-free lives.