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Whitney Houston exhibit to open Aug. 15 at Grammy Museum in L.A.

July 20, 2012|By Randy Lewis
  • Whitney Houston, shown during a pre-Grammy Award performance in 2011, will be the subject of a new exhibit coming to the Grammy Museum in L.A.
Whitney Houston, shown during a pre-Grammy Award performance in 2011,… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Whitney Houston’s white gown from the 1994 Grammy Awards ceremony where she won album of the year for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, her Bible and rare photographs are among the memorabilia that will be on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles starting Aug. 15. It's being billed as the first major museum exhibition devoted to the late singer’s life and career.

“Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston” is being assembled in cooperation with Houston’s family and will include interviews with friends, colleagues and family members.

“This exhibit is a token of appreciation from our family for Whitney’s fans to enjoy and embrace,” Houston’s manager Pat Houston said in a statement. “We hope they are as elated as we are to have shared in such a remarkable life.”

Museum executive director Robert Santelli, in the same statement, said, “We are particularly excited to showcase her long connection to the Grammy Awards show and to celebrate the musical genius that made her one of America’s most-awarded pop and soul vocalists.”

The exhibition is scheduled to run through February. Houston died Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills on the eve of last year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. The cause of death was drowning, heart disease and cocaine use, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s report. She was 48.

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