All My Love for You" on the channel after the song became a huge crossover hit with Houston saying the channel "had no choice but to play [the video] and I love it when they have no choice."  The third US single, " How Will I Know ", peaked at No. 1, and the video introduced Houston to the MTV audience. Houston's subsequent singles from this and future albums would make her the first African-American woman to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV.  By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks.  The final single, "Greatest Love of All" (a cover of " The Greatest Love of All ", originally recorded by George Benson in 1977), became Houston's biggest hit yet; the single peaked at No. 1 and remained there for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart, making Houston's debut the first album by a woman to yield three No. 1 hits. Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on the 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first woman to earn that distinction.  At the time, the album was the best-selling debut album by a solo artist.  Houston then embarked on her world tour, Greatest Love Tour . The album had become an international success, was certified 13× platinum (diamond) in the United States alone, and has sold 22 million copies worldwide.    At the 1986 Grammy Awards , Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year .  She was not eligible for the Best New Artist category because of her previous hit R&B duet recording with Teddy Pendergrass in 1984.  She won her first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "Saving All My Love for You".  Houston's performance of the song during the Grammy telecast later earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program .  Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award .   The album's popularity would also carry over to the 1987 Grammy Awards , when "Greatest Love of All" would receive a Record of the Year nomination. Houston's debut album is listed as one of Rolling Stone 's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 's Definitive 200 list.   Houston's grand entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today .  Following Houston's breakthrough, doors were opened for other African-American women such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker to find notable success in popular music and on MTV.   1987–1991: Whitney , I'm Your Baby Tonight and "The Star-Spangled Banner"
See also: The Star-Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston recording) Houston's second album, Whitney , was released in June 1987. The album again featured production from Masser, Kashif, and Walden as well as Jellybean Benitez . Many critics complained that the material was too similar to her previous album. Rolling Stone said, "the narrow channel through which this talent has been directed is frustrating".
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