Whitney had the world at her fingertips. She was a powerful singer, with influences such as her mother, Cissy Houston, a gospel singer, and her godmother who was none other than Aretha Franklin. She was signed to Arista Records in 1983, and many people felt that she was unstoppable. A series of poor decisions and drug use led to some very strange public behavior. Her family, friends, and fans watched on in horror as she did some very strange things in front of cameras.