I'm Your Baby Tonight

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I'm Your Baby Tonight
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 1990
RecordedNovember 1989–August 1990
Genre
Length53:45
Label
Producer
Whitney Houston chronology
Whitney
(1987)
I'm Your Baby Tonight
(1990)
The Bodyguard
(1992)
Singles from I'm Your Baby Tonight
  1. "I'm Your Baby Tonight"
    Released: October 2, 1990
  2. "All the Man That I Need"
    Released: December 4, 1990
  3. "Miracle"
    Released: April 16, 1991
  4. "My Name Is Not Susan"
    Released: July 21, 1991
  5. "I Belong to You"
    Released: October 18, 1991
  6. "We Didn't Know"
    Released: April 14, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD+[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guideunfavorable[4]
Smash Hits5/10[5]
The Baltimore Sunnegative[6]

I'm Your Baby Tonight is the third studio album of American singer Whitney Houston released on November 6, 1990 by Arista Records. The album has been certified quadruple platinum in the US by the RIAA.[7][8] For the album, Houston had more control with the album and worked with more R&B and urban artists and songwriters such as L.A. Reid and Babyface, as well as singer Luther Vandross, and did a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, as well as working with previous producers Narada Michael Walden and Michael Masser.

Track listing[change | change source]

I'm Your Baby TonightStandard edition
No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "I'm Your Baby Tonight"  
  • Reid
  • Babyface
4:59
2. "My Name Is Not Susan"  
  • Reid
  • Babyface
4:39
3. "All the Man That I Need"  Narada Michael Walden 4:11
4. "Lover For Life"  Walden 4:49
5. "Anymore"  
  • Reid
  • Babyface
4:23
6. "Miracle"  
  • Reid
  • Babyface
5:42
7. "I Belong to You"  Walden 5:30
8. "Who Do You Love"  Vandross 3:57
9. "We Didn't Know" (duet with Stevie Wonder)Wonder 5:30
10. "After We Make Love"  Masser 5:07
11. "I'm Knockin'"  
  • Minor
  • Whitney Houston
4:58
Notes
  • All Non-North American countries had the "Yvonne Turner Mix" of "I'm Your Baby Tonight" replacing the L.A. Reid/Babyface original version as Track 1.

Personnel[change | change source]

Production[change | change source]

  • L.A. Reid - producer (tracks: "I'm Your Baby Tonight", "My Name Is Not Susan", "Anymore" and "Miracle"), arranger
  • Babyface - producer (tracks: "I'm Your Baby Tonight", "My Name Is Not Susan", "Anymore" and "Miracle"), arranger
  • Jon Gass - recording
  • Barney Perkins - recording
  • Donnell Sullivan - engineer
  • Ryan Dorn - engineer
  • Jim Zumpano - engineer
  • Cynthia Ahiloh - production coordination
  • Marsha Burns - production coordination
  • Susanne Edgren - production coordination
  • Janice Lee - production coordination
  • Cynthia Shiloh - production coordination
  • Kevin Walden - production coordination
  • Gar Wood - production coordination
  • Stephanie Andrews - project coordinator
  • Robert A. Arbittier - sound design
  • Louis Biancaniello - drum programming, additional programming
  • Walter Afanasieff - drum programming
  • Ren Klyce - programming
  • Ricky Lawson - programming
  • Jason Miles - programming
  • David Ward II - programming
  • Hubert Eaves III - drum programming
  • Skip Anderson - keyboard programming
  • Donald Parks - keyboard programming
  • John Anderson - arranger
  • Hubert Eaves III - keyboard programming, arranger
  • Whitney Houston - arranger, vocal arrangement
  • Randy Kerber - arranger
  • Robbie Kondor - arranger
  • Ricky Minor - arranger, horn arrangements
  • Billy Myers - arranger, horn arrangements
  • Steve Tavaglione - arranger, horn arrangements
  • Luther Vandross - arranger
  • Narada Michael Walden - arranger
  • BeBe Winans - arranger
  • CeCe Winans - arranger
  • Stevie Wonder - arranger
  • Jerry Hey - string arrangements
  • Susan Mendola - art direction
  • Andrea Blanch - photography
  • Tim White - photography
  • Bernard Maisner - lettering
  • Kevyn Aucoin - make-u
  • Patrick Poussard - make-up
  • Barbara Dente - stylist
  • Ellen La Var - hair stylist
  • George Marino - mastering

Year-end charts[change | change source]

Chart (1990) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 41
UK Albums (OCC) 25
Chart (1991) Position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 17
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[11] 78
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 22
US Billboard 200[13] 10
US R&B Albums (Billboard)[13] 1

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Certifications and sales[change | change source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[17] Gold 35,702[17]
France (SNEP)[18] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[19] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[20] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[21] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[24] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 4× Platinum 4,150,000[26]
Summaries
Worldwide 10,000,000[28]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Accolades[change | change source]

American Black Achievement Awards[change | change source]

The Music Award is for the most creative and enduring contribution by a performer in live appearances or as a recording artist. Houston was presented this award for her achievements as an award-winning recording, performing and video artist, for her successful I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour, for her best-selling video and single of "The Star-Spangled Banner" performed at Super Bowl XXV and for her multi-platinum album, I'm Your Baby Tonight.[29]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Whitney Houston (herself) The Music Award[29] Won

American Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist[30] Nominated
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist[30] Nominated
I'm Your Baby Tonight Favorite Soul/R&B Album[30] Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist[30] Nominated
I'm Your Baby Tonight Favorite Adult Contemporary Album[30] Nominated

Billboard Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Whitney Houston (herself) Top Pop Album Artists - Female[31][32] Nominated
Top Pop Singles Artist[31][32] Nominated
Top Pop Singles Artist - Female[31][32] Nominated
Top R&B Artist #1[31][32] Won
I'm Your Baby Tonight Top R&B Album #1[31][32] Won
Whitney Houston (herself) Top R&B Album Artist #1[31][32] Won
Top R&B Singles Artist #1[31][32] Won
"All the Man That I Need" Top Adult Contemporary Single[31][32] Nominated

BRIT Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Whitney Houston (herself) Best International Female Artist[33] Nominated

Grammy Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female[34] Nominated
1992 "All the Man That I Need" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female[34] Nominated
1993 "I Belong to You" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female[35] Nominated

NAACP Image Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston Outstanding Variety Series or Special[36] Nominated
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" Outstanding Female Artist[37] Nominated

The CableACE Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 HBO Presents Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston Performance in a Music Special or Series[38] Won
Music Special[38] Nominated

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Awards[change | change source]

Year Date Title Format(s) Award description(s) Result(s)
1990 November 27 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Single Gold[39] Won
1991 January 15 I'm Your Baby Tonight Album Gold[39] Won
I'm Your Baby Tonight Album Platinum[39] Won
I'm Your Baby Tonight Album 2× Multi-Platinum[39] Won
March 21 "All the Man That I Need" Single Gold[40] Won
May 2 I'm Your Baby Tonight Album 3× Multi-Platinum[40] Won
1995 April 5 I'm Your Baby Tonight Album 4× Multi-Platinum[41] Won

Soul Train Music Awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992 I'm Your Baby Tonight Best R&B/Soul Album, Female[42] Nominated
"All the Man That I Need" Best R&B/Soul Single, Female[42] Nominated

Billboard Magazine Year-End Charts[change | change source]

Categories which Houston was ranked #1, were excluded. See above awards list for her #1-ranked-categories.

Year Category Work Position
1991
[43]
Top Pop Artists total six charted singles & albums #6
Top Albums I'm Your Baby Tonight #10
Top Album Artists one charted album #11
Top Album Artists – Female one charted album #3
Top Pop Singles "All the Man That I Need" #16
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" #42
Top Pop Singles Artists five charted singles #3
Top Pop Singles Artists – Female five charted singles #2
Top R&B Singles "All the Man That I Need" #18
"Miracle" #24
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" #79
Top Adult Contemporary Singles "All the Man That I Need" #3
"Miracle" #33
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" #50
Top Adult Contemporary Artists five charted singles #6

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