Less than a year after her death in February, the Grammy Museum's latest exhibit, “Whitney! Celebrating The Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston,” pays tribute to the late singer's life on and off stage before drugs, marital woes and tabloid drama derailed her voice. The collection chronicles the legendary artist's career from gospel singer to chart-topping diva to actress: private photographs, album covers, film scripts and fan memorabilia. Some of the rare artifacts include Houston's Bible, high school yearbook and a 1981 Newark, NJ, church program. Among other highlights are Houston's Grammys; taped interviews with mother, Cissy, David Foster — who was one of the producers on her last album, 2009's I Look To You — and Arista Records founder/mentor Clive Davis; and costumes, including the grown she wore to the 1994 Grammys (the year she nabbed Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the ubiquitous “I Will Always Love You”) and an outfit she wore for her last film role in this year's Sparkle. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, dwntwn; Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; thru Feb. 28, 2013; $12.95, seniors & students $11.95, children $10.95. (213) 765-6800, grammymuseum.org.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28, 2012

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