The video below captures an iconic moment in pop music history. It’s the live performance of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston at the Arista Records’ 15th Anniversary Concert in 1990. The late 80s and early 90s were a time of high energy, neon colors, and big hair; this concert was no exception. With Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, and Dionne Warwick in attendance, the crowd was excitedly buzzing.
Whitney Houston took the stage in a sequined purple jumpsuit, her powerful voice filling the arena. As soon as the opening notes of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” started playing, the crowd erupted into cheers. The song’s upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics were perfect for a crowd looking to let loose and dance.
Houston’s performance was nothing short of electric. She strutted around the stage, microphone in hand, belting out the chorus with her signature powerhouse vocals. The crowd sang along, waving their hands and dancing to the beat. Houston’s backup dancers, dressed in neon colors and high-top sneakers, added to the energy of the performance.
The song itself is a classic that has stood the test of time. Released in 1987, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” was Houston’s first single off her second studio album, “Whitney.” It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned Houston a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The song’s popularity has endured, appearing in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials.
But did you know that “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” almost didn’t happen? Houston initially didn’t want to record the song, but her producer convinced her to try it. The rest, as they say, is history.
Watching Houston’s performance at the Arista Records’ 15th Anniversary Concert is a reminder of the power of music to bring people together. The audience, made up of music industry insiders and fans alike, were united in their love for Houston and her music. And while the era of big hair and neon colors may have come and gone, the joy and energy of Houston’s performance are timeless.
So be sure to hit the like and share button because this video is not just a blast from the past. It’s a celebration of music and its power to unite people. Share it with your friends and relive the magic of Whitney Houston’s iconic performance.