Billy Ray Cyrus: Miley is 'So Sad' Over Loss of Whitney Houston and Etta James

February 13, 2012 By:
Billy Ray Cyrus: Miley is 'So Sad' Over Loss of Whitney Houston and Etta James

The entertainment industry was shocked with the news of Whitney Houston's death, and from Tweets to official statements, they've all been expressing their mourning.

Hollyscoop caught up with Billy Ray Cyrus at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards show, and he told us how his daughter, Miley Cyrus is reacting to Houston's passing:

"She's so sad about the loss of Whitney Houston," Billy Ray told Hollyscoop. "She was also very close with Etta James. Etta was a great influence to Miley. A lot of memories of me and Miley driving back and forth to the set of Hannah Montana with Etta James just roaring in the CD player."

Billy Ray adds that Miley eventually became personal friends with Etta James.

"Miley and Etta struck up a friendship," he told us. "You know, Etta was a great influence on all of us."

Music has truly lost quite a few legends this year, including the late Amy Winehouse. When Tony Bennett won a Grammy for the album 'Duets II,' he brought Amy's parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, onstage to accept the award.

"We shouldn't be here, our darling daughter should be here," Mitch Winehouse said. "These are the cards that we're dealt. We miss our daughter so much."

Winehouse also addressed the deaths of Houston and Etta James, saying: "There's a beautiful girl band up there in heaven."

Grammy night's main focus continues to be on Whitney. On the red carpet, R&B singer Ledisi performed an impromptu rendition of Houston's 'How Will I Know.' Bonnie Raitt said, "I'm glad we're all together to grieve together."