Fans, Celebrities Pay Heartfelt Tribute To Whitney Houston In New York And L.A.

Like most, we were surprised and saddened to learn of the death of pop superstar Whitney Houston, though perhaps not shocked.

The six-time Grammy winner’s long battle with drug abuse was widely reported by the media, but we always thought there would be more chapters to her life. We’re sure tonight’s Grammys will pay tribute to Houston, but CNN’s cameras caught up with the likes of Britney Spears, Adam Lambert and Tony Bennett at the pre-awards event Houston was scheduled to attend.

In a more down-to-earth approach, CBS News went to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where Houston had performed, and spoke with some of her everyday fans.

For those not old enough to remember her superstar years (sigh), here’s a quick look at the stats:

*Whitney’s self-titled debut album sold 12 million copies in the United States alone.

*In the 1980s, Houston had seven consecutive Top Ten hits, starting with “Saving All My Love for You” and ending with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”

*The soundtrack to The Bodyguard, which included her iconic take on “I Will Always Love You,” sold 11.8 million units and was the most successful movie soundtrack in two decades.

“I Will Always Love You” topped the Billboard 100 for 14 weeks in 1992 (the second-longest chart-topper in history) and  sold 4.5 million singles. (This was before the days of digital downloads)

*Over the course of her career, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos.