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Whitney Houston And Dionne Warwick Get Immortalized

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By David Bloodsaw

According to Essence.com, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this week. Whitney and Dionne are cousins and raised in East Orange. Whitney was born in Newark and moved to East Orange at 4-years-old. The extraordinary songstress passed away 2012 in Los Angeles.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors people from New Jersey who’ve made contributions to society and the world beyond. The five categories for potential nominees: General, Sports, Arts & Entertainment, and Historical. They join an impressive list of past honorees including Frank Sinatra, Tony Morrison, Thomas Edison and Paul Robeson to name a few.

Houston’s mother, Cissy, accepted the award on behalf of her daughter. Warwick said Houston would have been “thrilled” at the honor. “I’m glad to know that she’s not forgotten.”

Whitney Houston is one of the biggest influences on modern music and culture. She was a singer, producer, actress and model. The Guinness Book of World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. She has sold over 200 million records worldwide. Houston is also listed as the VH1 200 Greatest Pop Icons of all time at 116. She has also been nominated for several onscreen awards and won an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for Waiting to Exhale.

Dionne Warwick is a legend in her own right. She is one of the biggest hit makers of the rock era (Top 40). Warwick had 56 singles ranked in Billboard’s Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998. That is only second to Aretha Franklin. She won her first award in 1969.

The 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame class will also include Alice Guy Blaché, Bobbi Brown, Raymond G. Chambers, Grover Cleveland, Celia Cruz, Joetta Clark Diggs, J. Seward Johnson, Governor Tom Kean, Thomas Paine, Joe Piscopo, David Sarnoff, “Jersey Joe” Walcott and Katheleen DiChiara.