Today feels bittersweet for many a fan of Whitney Houston. Today marks what would have been the singer’s 49th birthday. Tragically, she lost her life after a deadly mix of alcohol and drugs resulted in her drowning in her hotel bathroom this past February. Houston since has lived on with her highly anticipated role in the upcoming film Sparkle (due August 17th) being raved about from fans and critics alike. Still feels surreal to lose one of the more powerful voices in the history of modern music.

A legend despite it all, we tip our hats to the lovely, late, Miss Houston.