4. “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” MTV Movie Awards (1996)
The first time I saw this performance, my exact words were, “She must have just had a fight with Bobby because she is sanging for life!” This is my favorite performance by Whitney, but in the interest of fairness, I’ll place others above this.
3. “Home” The Merv Griffin Show (1985)
If there were ever a single performance to announce the future Queen of Pop, it was her debut on “The Merv Griffin Show.” The future superstar took an ordinary Broadway showtune and turned it into an epic piece of pop balladry. Judging from the effortless manor she sang the hit song from “The Wiz,” Whitney knew she would be taking residence in our hearts for eternity.