Whitney Houston has been gone from us for almost three years. But as we think back about her life, she was interesting case study in the cross over appeal. Being a soul sister who cut her teeth in the traditional Black circles, her explosion as a pop diva was not always well received. This Gawker piece does a great job at detailing those contradictions.
The audible jeers came after Houston’s name was read alongside fellow nominees in categories she’d go on to lose: Best Music Video and Best R&B Urban Contemporary Single by a Female, respectively. The booings have long been considered representative of the black music audience’s displeasure with Houston’s image and output up to that moment.
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Remember When Whitney Houston Was Booed for Being Too White