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American singer Whitney Houston embarked on 10 concert tours, 6 of which were world tours and 4 which were territorial tours. After becoming the opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne and Luther Vandross on their US amphitheatre tour and playing at various American theaters, festivals, and clubs in 1985, she embarked on her first worldwide tour, the successful The Greatest Love Tour in 1986. With promoting worldwide mega hit album Whitney, her second world tour, The Moment of Truth World Tour started in North America during the summer of 1987 and continued overseas during 1988 in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. Especially in Europe, Houston visited 12 countries, playing to over half a million fans including nine consecutive nights at Wembley Arena in London. She then followed this with sold-out concert tour, Feels So Right Japan Tour in 1990 and I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour in 1991.

With the enormous success of the film, The Bodyguard, and its accompanying soundtrack, Houston went on her most extensive world tour, The Bodyguard World Tour to support her projects during 1993–1994. Spanning two years, Houston played North America twice, Europe, Japan, and made her first appearances in South America and South Africa. In 1997, she embarked on The Pacific Rim Tour which had her visiting for the first time Thailand and Taiwan. After the success of Houston's first studio album My Love Is Your Love in eight years, the singer embarked on her first world tour since 1994 to promote it in 1999. My Love Is Your Love World Tour was the highest grossing arena concert tour of the year in Europe while playing to almost half a million people.[1] In 2009, Houston started Nothing but Love World Tour, her first tour in over 10 years and supported her seventh and final studio album I Look to You.

During her career, Houston has also made appearances at the various charity concerts such as Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration (1988), A Benefit Concert for The United Negro College Fund (1988), That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Benefit Concert (1990), Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston (1991) and Classic Whitney: Live from Washington, D.C. (1997).

Concert tours

World tours

Title Date Associated album(s) Continent(s) Shows Gross Attendance
The Greatest Love World Tour July 26, 1986 – December 1, 1986 Whitney Houston North America
Europe
Asia
Oceania
50 $4,830,072 (USA) 285,066
The Greatest Love World Tour setlist
  1. "Instrumental Intro" (contains elements of "Also sprach Zarathustra" and excerpts from "Greatest Love of All")
  2. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  3. "Eternal Love"
  4. "You Give Good Love"
  5. "Hold Me" (duet with Gary Houston)
  6. "How Will I Know"
  7. "Take Good Care of My Heart" (duet with Gary Houston)
  8. "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" (duet with Gary Houston)
  9. "Saving All My Love for You"
  10. "Someone for Me"
  11. "I Am Changing"
  12. "Heart to Heart"
  13. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
  14. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  15. "He, I Believe"
  16. "Greatest Love of All"
Moment of Truth World Tour July 4, 1987 – November 21, 1988 Whitney North America
Europe
Asia
Oceania
152 $21,000,000 (USA) 900,419
Moment of Truth World Tour setlist
  1. Instrumental Intro (contain elements of "How Will I Know, "Saving All My Love for You" and "You Give Good Love")
  2. "Let the Feeling Flow"
  3. "How Will I Know"
  4. "You Give Good Love"
  5. "Love Is a Contact Sport"
  6. "Just the Lonely Talking Again"
  7. "Love Will Save the Day"
  8. "Saving All My Love for You"
  9. "For the Love of You" (contain elements of "Never Too Much")
  10. "He, I Believe"
  11. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
  12. Medley: "Sweet Love" / "Control" / "Stop to Love"
  13. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  14. "Greatest Love of All"
I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour March 14, 1991 – October 2, 1991 I'm Your Baby Tonight Asia
North America
Europe
96 N/A N/A
The Bodyguard World Tour July 5, 1993 – November 19, 1994 The Bodyguard North America
Europe
Asia
South America
Africa
120 $14,000,000 (USA) 698,672
My Love Is Your Love World Tour June 22, 1999 – November 8, 1999 My Love Is Your Love North America
Europe
66 $5,988,882 (USA) N/A
My Love Is Your Love World Tour setlist
  1. "Get It Back"
  2. "Heartbreak Hotel" (contain elements of "This Place Hotel")
  3. "If I Told You That"
  4. "Saving All My Love for You" / "Until You Come Back"
  5. "Oh Yes"
  6. "I Learned from the Best"
  7. "Step by Step"
  8. "Change the World" (performed by Gary Houston)
  9. Medley Reprise: "I Have Nothing" / "I'm Your Baby Tonight" / "Run to You" / "Queen of the Night" (performed by backing vocalists)
  10. "My Love Is Your Love" (contain elements of "My Love Is Your Love (Salaam Remix)"
  11. "I'm Every Woman"
  12. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  13. "How Will I Know"
  14. "In My Business"
  15. "Jesus Loves Me"
  16. "I Love the Lord"
  17. "I Go to the Rock"
  18. "I Believe in You and Me" / "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" / "It Hurts Like Hell" (contain elements from "The Glory of Love")
  19. "I Will Always Love You"
  20. "It's Not Right but It's Okay"
Nothing but Love World Tour December 9, 2009 – June 17, 2010 I Look to You Asia
Australia
Europe
50 $36,300,000 86,683
Nothing but Love World Tour setlist
  1. "Video Sequence" (contain elements of "For the Lovers", "Queen of the Night" "I'm Every Woman" and "How Will I Know")
  2. "For the Lovers"
  3. "Nothin' But Love"
  4. "I Look to You"
  5. "My Love Is Your Love"
  6. "It's Not Right but It's Okay" (contain excerpts from "Like I Never Left")
  7. "Step By Step"
  8. "For the Love of You" (performed by Gary Houston)
  9. "Queen of the Night" (performed by backing vocalists)
  10. "A Song for You" (contain excerpts from "The Way You Make Me Feel")
  11. "Saving All My Love for You" / "Greatest Love of All" / "All at Once" / "I Learned from the Best"
  12. "I Love the Lord"
  13. "I Will Always Love You"
  14. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  15. "How Will I Know"
  16. "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"
  17. "Million Dollar Bill" (Freemasons Radio Edit)

Regional tours

Title Date Associated album(s) Location(s) Shows
Feels So Right Tour January 1, 1990 – January 24, 1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight Japan 14
Feels So Right Tour setlist
Pacific Rim Tour May 5, 1997 – May 29, 1997 The Preacher's Wife Japan
Taiwan
Thailand
Australia
United States
9
The European Tour June 20, 1998 – July 11, 1998 My Love Is Your Love Europe 10
Soul Divas Tour July 7, 2004 – July 28, 2004 N/A Germany
Thailand
Hong Kong
China
7

Promotional tours

Year Title Duration Shows
1985 US Summer Tour June 3, 1985 – December 1, 1985 (North America) 27
Houston's debut album was released in early 1985 and she performed at various clubs to promote the album. Following the success of the hit single "You Give Good Love", Houston became the opening act for singers' Luther Vandross and Jeffrey Osborne on their individual 1985 US tours.[2] After the next single, "Saving All My Love for You", became Houston's first #1 in the US, she began headlining her own shows, playing at various American theaters, festivals, and clubs throughout the summer and fall of 1985.[3]

Benefit concerts

Date Event City Performed song(s)
January 2, 1986 An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. New York City "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (with Ashford & Simpson and Al Jarreau)[4][5][6]
July 4, 1986 Liberty Weekend: Americana Concert New York City
June 11, 1988 Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Celebration London
August 28, 1988 United Negro College Fund Benefit Concert New York City
March 17, 1990 That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary AIDS Benefit Concert New York City
March 31, 1991 Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston Norfolk
May 12, 1991 The Simple Truth: A Concert for Kurdish Refugees London
January 27, 1994 Commitment To Life VII Los Angeles
April 9, 1994 4th Annual Rainforest Foundation Concert New York City
November 12, 1994 Whitney: The Concert for a New South Africa Johannesburg
October 3 & 5,
1997
Classic Whitney: Live from Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
July 11, 1998 UNICEF Summer Open Air Festival '98 Aschaffenburg

Other notable appearances

Date Show title Details
June 23, 1983 The Merv Griffin Show
April 5, 1986 Champs-Elysées
(French TV Talk-Show)
  • Whitney Houston met France's Serge Gainsbourg on this live talk-show, which was then the most watched Saturday evening show in France.[28]
  • Having sung her hit "Saving All My Love for You", Whitney was brought by presenter Michel Drucker over to the couch where drunken Serge was waiting. Serge sat down next to Whitney and immediately said in heavily accented English, "I want to f*** you". Needless to say, Miss Houston was more than a little shocked by this 58-year-old French crooner's rather crude display of appreciation, but she stayed nonetheless and sang a duet with him before the end of the show.[29]
  • This incident listed #41 in NME's "Top 100 Rock Moments of All Time" in 2001 and #48 in VH1's "100 Most Outrageous Celebrity Moments" in 2004.[30][31]
February 7, 1987 Sanremo Music Festival
  • Whitney was the international guest at the finale of the most popular Italian contest and awards. Her live performance of All at Once got a huge standing ovation and the audience asked her for the encore, the request was immediately satisfied. That was one of the rare encores requested in the history of the contest.
May 15, 1987 The 27th Montreux Golden Rose Rock Festival; IM&MC Gala
July 31, 1987 The Special Olympics World Summer Games Opening Ceremonies
November 13, 1989 Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration In Show Business
January 27, 1991 Super Bowl XXV
  • Whitney Houston performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" right before the start of Super Bowl XXV, played at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida on January 27, 1991; the United States was embroiled in the Persian Gulf War at the time. She took the field before 73,813 fans and a TV audience of 115 million.[37][38]
  • The patriotic feeling of her gospel-inspired version resonated so strongly with the public that it was released as a single. Within weeks, sales of video tapes, CDs and audio cassettes of her performance raised more than $500,000 for the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund.[37][38]
  • The single was reissued on September 27, 2001, as a charity CD single after the September 11, attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and has been certified platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million copies by RIAA.[39]
  • Whitney Houston, The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, Inc. and Arista Records donated their royalties and net proceeds from the sale of re-released single to New York Fraternal Order Of Police and The New York Firefighters 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund.[40][41]
  • The single released in 1991, reached No. 20 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart; making her second artist to turn the national anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude since José Feliciano's version has reached No. 50 in 1968 and re-released single in 2001, peaked No. 6 on the Hot 100 chart; becoming easily the biggest hit version ever of "The Star-Spangled Banner".[41][42]
  • In 2003, this performance listed #12 in VH1 and TV Guide's "100 Moments That Rocked TV" and ranked #1 in "25 Most Memorable Music Moments in NFL History" to be featured in Rolling Stone.[43][44]
June 23, 1991 Coca Cola Pop Music Backstage Pass to Summer
February 16, 1992 Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration
May 6, 1992 Whitney Houston: This Is My Life
July 17, 1994 1994 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremonies
June 22, 1995 VH-1 Honors
August 24, 1996 Whitney: Brunei The Royal Wedding Celebration
  • Whitney did a private gig, for the wedding of Princess Rashidah, the eldest daughter of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, at Jerudong Park Garden on August 24, 1996.[55][56]
  • Setlist was almost the same as The Bodyguard World Tour except encore song was "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".
  • She was reportedly paid $7 million to perform for this event. Media stories on the Brunei royal family indicated that Prince Jefri gave Houston a blank check for the event and instructed her to fill it out for what she felt she was worth.[57]
November 28, 1996
(Air date)
Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony
  • It was a two-hour-long event featuring America's biggest stars, looking back, remembering and celebrating the past 50 years and the Ebony Magazine that chronicled it.[58]
  • Whitney Houston & the Georgia Mass Choir kick off the celebration with a soul-stirring medley of "I Love the Lord" and "Joy to the World".[58]
  • It was aired on ABC, November 28, 1996.[58]
August 25, 1997 The 1997 U.S. Open Tennis Championships: the Arthur Ashe Stadium Inauguration Ceremonies
  • It was the special event to celebrate opening a new stadium which was named after former tennis player Arthur Ashe.[59]
  • While the past US Open tennis champions appeared on screen, she dedicated "One Moment in Time" to the legendary tennis players and about 23,000 audience.[60]
April 13, 1999 VH1 Divas Live '99
April 10, 2000 25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration
September 7, 2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years
May 23, 2002 VH1 Divas Las Vegas: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation
May 22, 2003 VH1 Divas Duets: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation
April 27, 2008 The 4th Annual Plymouth Jazz Festival Tobago
May 24, 2008 The 7th Annual Mawazine World Rhythms Festival
  • The festival took place from 16–24 May 2008 in Morocco’s capital city, Rabat and featured artists from forty countries in more than 100 musical performances.[79][80]
  • Whitney performed during the festival's closing ceremony at Hay Nahda stadium on May 24, 2008.[80][81][82]

Performances at award shows

1980s

Year Date Venue Award shows Performance(s) / Details
1986 January 27 Shrine Auditorium The 13th American Music Awards
February 25 The 28th Grammy Awards
September 5 Universal Amphitheatre The 3rd MTV Video Music Awards
1987 January 26 Shrine Auditorium The 14th American Music Awards
  • "All at Once"
February 7 Teatro Ariston
(Sanremo)
The 37th Festival di Sanremo
  • "All at Once" (She was a guest performer and sang this song twice for audience's encore.)[83]
February 9 Grosvenor House Hotel
(London)
1987 BRIT Awards
February 24 Shrine Auditorium The 29th Grammy Awards
March 23 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium The 1st Soul Train Music Awards
September 11 Universal Amphitheatre The 4th MTV Video Music Awards
1988 January 25 Shrine Auditorium The 15th American Music Awards
March 2 Radio City Music Hall The 30th Grammy Awards
March 10 Sheraton Centre The 44th Anniversary
  Of The United Negro College Fund
December 10
(Air date: January 14, 1989)
Wiltern Theater The 21st NAACP Image Awards
1989 February 22 Shrine Auditorium The 31st Grammy Awards

1990s

Year Date Venue Award shows Performance(s) / Details
1991 December 9 Universal Amphitheatre The 2nd Billboard Music Awards
1992 January 27 Shrine Auditorium The 19th American Music Awards
April 10
(Air date: May 29)
Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden The 5th Essence Awards
  • It was an awards special honoring the lives and achievements of eight African-American women who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.[88][89]
  • For the first time, the ceremonies broadcast in prime time by CBS on May 29, 1992.[89]
  • Whitney Houston appeared to honor Nancy Wilson with "Essence Award" and later returned to perform "It's Time" with The Winans, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Regina Belle & Kid 'n Play at the end of the show.
1993 March 29 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The 65th Academy Awards
December 8 Universal Amphitheatre The 4th Billboard Music Awards
1994 January 5 Pasadena Civic Auditorium The 26th NAACP Image Awards
  • Whitney was honored as "Entertainer of the Year" and received 4 awards more including "Outstanding Female Artist" in that evening.[93][94]
  • Right before she accepted the award for "Entertainer of the Year", Denzel Washington paid tribute to Whitney Houston for her outstanding career 'til then with video presentation and introduced her mother, Cissy Houston and brother, Gary Houston who performed "Amazing Grace".[93]
  • When she received the award for "Outstanding Soundtrack Album: Film or T.V." and made an acceptance speech, sang a snippet of "Jesus Loves Me" for audience's request.
February 7 Shrine Auditorium The 21st American Music Awards
March 1 Radio City Music Hall The 36th Grammy Awards
March 15 Shrine Auditorium The 8th Soul Train Music Awards
May 4 Monte Carlo Sporting Club
(Monte Carlo)
The 6th World Music Awards
1995 May 20 Barker Hangar The 8th Kids' Choice Awards
1996 February 28 Shrine Auditorium The 38th Grammy Awards
June 8 Walt Disney Studios The 5th MTV Movie Awards
September 13 BET Studios The 2nd BET Walk of Fame
  • Whitney Houston was the recipient of BET's the second "Walk Of Fame" award – created in 1995 to "recognize the significant contribution of African-Americans in the entertainment industry."[97][98]
  • She received the laurel at the network's United Negro College Fund gala Benefit September 13 at BET Studios in Washington, D.C..[98]
  • She performed "Alfie", "I Will Always Love You" and sang "Happy Birthday Daddy" for her father, John Houston.
1997 February 26 Madison Square Garden The 39th Grammy Awards
April 4 The Theater at Madison Square Garden The 10th Essence Awards
  • Whitney Houston has been selected to receive the first ever the Triumphant Spirit Award at the 10th annual Essence Awards. Houston was honored for her many philanthropic projects, including a foundation for homeless children suffering from AIDS and cancer. Essence magazine-sponsored event, which aired May 22 on Fox TV.[99][100]
  • But because of an unexpected her absence at the ceremony, then presenter, Quincy Jones made her excuses and Cissy Houston accepted the award on behalf of her daughter.[99][101]
  • Before Cissy Houston accepted the award, there was a musical tribute to Whitney Houston - "I Believe in You and Me" performed by CeCe Winans and "I Have Nothing" by Patti LaBelle.[101]
1998 February 27 Shrine Auditorium The 12th Soul Train Music Awards
April 10 The Theater at Madison Square Garden The 11th Essence Awards
  • Whitney attended at the ceremony as presenter, to honor Patti LaBelle with Triumphant Spirit Award.[104]
  • She sang a snippet of Patti's classic hit "If Only You Knew" before she paid tribute to Patti for her outstanding career with video presentation.
April 23 Nashville Arena The 29th Dove Awards
  • Houston delivered a soul-stirring rendition of "I Go to the Rock" at this awards. She won an award, Best Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, for the tune.[105]
December 7 MGM Grand Garden Arena The 9th Billboard Music Awards
1999 January 11 Shrine Auditorium The 26th American Music Awards
February 16 London Arena
(London)
The 19th BRIT Awards
March 21 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The 71st Academy Awards
March 26 Shrine Auditorium The 13th Soul Train Music Awards
November 11 Point Depot
(Dublin)
MTV Europe Music Awards 1999
November 13 Stella Musical Theater
(Berlin)
1999 Bambi Awards
December 2 Madison Square Garden The Sports Illustrated
    — 20th Century Sports Awards
  • "You'll Never Stand Alone"

2000s

Year Date Venue Award shows Performance(s) / Details
2000 February 23 Staples Center The 42nd Grammy Awards
September 7 Radio City Music Hall The 17th MTV Video Music Awards
2001 June 19 Paris Las Vegas Hotel The 1st BET Awards
2002 November 14 Palau Sant Jordi
(Barcelona)
MTV Europe Music Awards 2002
2004 June 9
(Air date: June 12 on VOX, Germany)
CCH (Congress Centrum Hamburg)
(Hamburg)
The 1st Women's World Awards
  • Whitney was presented "World Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement" was designed for women whose unique achievements have contributed to a better, more peaceful and humane society by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.[108][109]
  • She briefly joined her cousin and fellow Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dionne Warwick's "That's What Friends Are For" performance for closing the award show.[108]
September 15 Thomas & Mack Center The 16th World Music Awards
2009 November 22 Nokia Theatre The 37th American Music Awards
  • After actor and presenter, Samuel L. Jackson introduced Whitney Houston as the 7th name in a prestige list of "International Artist Of The Year Award" recipients with the video presentation for her achievements, she performed her powerhouse ballad "I Didn’t Know My Own Strength" and received a standing ovation.[110][111]
  • Houston’s performance marked the first time she's performed on the show in ten years ("Until You Come Back" & "My Love Is Your Love" Medley with Babyface & Wyclef Jean in 1999) and her first primetime U.S. network performance in five years (World Music Awards in 2004).[110]
  • Following her touching performance, the show honored Whitney Houston with the award, according to an inscription read by Samuel L. Jackson, which is given "in recognition of her worldwide success exemplified by her international record sales, radio airplay in countries all over the world, live performances that span the globe, and popularity that knows no borders or boundaries."[112]

2010s

Year Date Venue Award shows Performance(s) / Details
2010 January 16 (Air date: February 1 on BET) The Warner Theatre The 3rd BET Honors
  • The presenter Ne-Yo appeared on stage and introduced Houston's video presentation for her career in entertainment with short interview.
  • After video presentation, Houston received special tribute performances by Kim Burrell introduced as "one of Houston's favorite voices on the planet", and Jennifer Hudson. Burrell sang the jazzy version of Houston's rendition "I Believe in You and Me" and received a standing ovation. Hudson also brought the crowd to its feet singing Houston's chart-topping "I Will Always Love You", as she was presented with The BET Honor for Entertainment by Ne-Yo.[113][114]

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