In 1986 and 1987, Houston received seven American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. “Greatest Love of All” was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 1987 Grammy Awards. According to USA Today, Whitney’s spectacular debut would go down in history as among the most significant musical milestones the world had seen.
Her success paved the way for other black female artists, including Anita Baker and Janet Jackson.
How Whitney Influenced the Evolution of MTV
"How Will I Know?" became Whitney's second consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number-one pop hit and remained on the charts for two weeks. The single topped the Hot AC and the Hot Black charts while also soaring to number three on the dance charts.
The phenomenal success of "How Will I Know" on MTV signaled the channel's transition from rock-heavy playlists to a more hybrid platform for R&B, dance, and pop music. Whitney appeared frequently on the channel, alongside artists such as Janet Jackson and Madonna.
Her Second Album
Whitney released her second album, "Whitney," in June 1987. The album was certified diamond, making Whitney the first female artist to have four No. 1 hits from one album: "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."
The singer won her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" the following year.
Reviews of Her Second Album
Her second album, "Whitney," was released in June 1987, but critics were not impressed. Naysayers critiqued the album for being too similar to her first one, believing that her talent needed a bigger outlet. Regardless, audiences received the album well, and it became a commercial success.
Whitney became the first woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as well as the first artist whose albums charted at number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Not to forget, she also topped the charts in several other countries.
The Awards Keep Coming
She was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 1988, including Album of the Year. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" won Whitney her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She was also the recipient of a Soul Train Music Award and two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989.
Following the album's release, the singer went on her Moment of Truth World Tour, which became one of the highest-grossing concert tours in 1987. It was also the highest-grossing tour by a female artist, surpassing concerts by Madonna and Tina Turner.