Whitney Houston made a triumphant comeback at a pre-Grammy party last night after finally conquering her demons.
The singer has spent most of this decade out of the public eye after she admitted abusing alcohol and drugs during her former marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown.
Taking to the stage in a figure-hugging leopard-print gown, the 45-year-old looked back to her best as she belted out some of her biggest hits to the star-studded audience.
Back to her best: Whitney Houston looked healthy and happy at the pre-Grammy party last night (l), compared to her thin and gaunt appearance at a Michael Jackson tribute in September 2001 (r)
Houston was just one of a host of stars, including Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, who performed at the 2009 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons in honour of record industry boss Clive Davis.
As well as honouring Davis, it gave musicians the chance to warm up for the biggest night of the year in the music calender, the 51st Grammy Awards tonight.
But it was easily Houston and Hudson – who has only returned to perform last week after the tragic murder of her mother, brother and nephew last year – who won the biggest applauses of the night.
Striding confidently on the stage, Houston sang ‘I got it, I got it’ before singing her 1993 hit I’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You.