News of Whitney Houston’s death in a Los Angeles hotel room has been circulating rapidly and outlets big, small, conventional and otherwise have been quietly tipping hats to a legendary artist. Although details of the situation are sparse, the rippling reaction from all kinds of people remains a testament to the calibre and accessibility of Houston’s work.

I found two stories particularly appropriate. One, from the New York Times blog, is a sort of love letter to Houston written by Gordon Chambers, a songwriter who worked with the singer for nearly 20 years. “She was angelically beautiful, and the very embodiment off all that post-civil rights Black America could be,” Chambers writes. You can find the full story here.

Closer to home, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a story memorializing Houston, including an interview with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Alice Cooper. “She was the Barbra Streisand of her music. She had the purest voice of anybody,” Cooper said. Read the rest of the article here.

Houston was honored at the Grammy award ceremonies last night and the Guardian posted a great recap video of the tribute. Find it here.

And, by the way, the top-trending song on iTunes? Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Seems appropriate.

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