Former record company supremo pays tribute to Whitney Houston at Bexhill Museum

By Laura McArthur | 20 February 2012
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Brian Hyams with his award for Whitney Houston in Bexhill
Bexhill has staged its own modest yet unique tribute to soul superstar Whitney Houston by unveiling an eight-platinum CD award designed in 1999 by Brian Hyams to mark the singer’s eight million album sales in the UK.

Houston’s honour was one of more than 40 silver, gold and platinum disc awards designed by Brian Hyams, who spent 25 years as a former record company executive at CBS, Polygram and MGM and is now a director at the Bexhill Museum.

Hyams also made commemorative awards for the likes of Elton John, who received a six-CD framed award after selling 33 million copies of his 1997 tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind.

“I was so sorry to learn of Whitney’s death, especially when I saw the award I designed for her on my wall at home,” says Hyams.

“It was designed to commemorate a unique tribute to her, but it was one of those times when she was not able to come over to the UK.”

The award will also serve as a curtain-raiser for a proposed rolling exhibition of Brian’s work which is due to open in April, backed by talks at the museum revealing his working life with the stars.

  • Bexhill Museum is open 11am-5pm. Admission £3/£1.50 (free for under-5s).
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