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."