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Whitney Houston: In Honor of Sparkle, A Look Back at Her Style

Last February 11, pop music legend and actress Whitney Houston passed away at the far-too-young age of 48—tragically, just one day before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, a ceremony the singer once ruled.

During the '80s and '90s, Whitney Houston was one of the world's most powerful and best-selling recording artists, and struck pop music gold with hits like "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "I Will Always Love You," "How Will I Know" and "The Greatest Love of All." She also appeared in movies like The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. But despite multiplatinum albums, model good looks and almost supernatural vocal range, Whitney also dealt with drug addiction and a rocky relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

Today marks the wide release of Sparkle, the highly anticipated Motown musical in which Whitney stars opposite American Idol's Jordin Sparks. Whitney passed away just three months after filming wrapped on the project, in which she plays a religious single mother to three aspiring singers (including Jordin, in the flick's title role). We'll definitely be heading to our nearest cineplex to see her final performance, and are sure millions of her fans will too. Click through the slideshow to see the late superstar's best style moments from her many decades in the limelight.

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A vision in white at the 2009 American Music Awards.

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Performing on "Dancing With the Stars" in a sweet lemon-colored mini.

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It's hard to find a single thing wrong with this colorful ensemble Whitney chose for a 1991 London concert.

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A violet femme at the 2000 Grammys.

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Performing "When You Believe" alongside fellow diva Mariah Carey at the 1999 Academy Awards. We remember watching this duet during the Oscars telecast, and it gave us goosebumps.

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Ladies who wear red together, stay together. Whitney and Mary J Blige chose coordinating outfits for a performance in 2000.

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Whitney stunned in a silver gown at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons.

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In 2011, Whitney hit a pre-Grammy event with daughter Bobbi Kristina on her arm.

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