The show must go on. Yesterday the world of music lost one of its
brightest stars, so its no surprise that the 2012 Grammy Awards kicked
off with a tribute to Whitney Houston.
As the awards ceremony began, Dave Koz, the co-host of the Grammys,
addressed the tragedy, and honoring the "great legacy of Miss Whitney
"She's in our hearts and our minds," Koz said.
"How do we speak to this time, to this day. There is no way around
this," said host LL Cool J. "We've had a death in the family. So the
only thing that feels right is a prayer -- for a woman we loved, our
sister, Whitney Houston."
E! has reported that Whitney Houston's autopsy has been completed, but
the results are not being released yet due to security concerns.
Ken Ehrlich, a producer for the 2012 Grammys, announced that Jennifer
Hudson would pay tribute to the singer.
"It's too fresh in everyone's memory to do more at this time," he said
late Saturday, "but we would be remiss if we didn't recognize
Whitney's remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in
particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins
and nominations over the years."
It was also announced that Chaka Khan would perform a tribute for
Houston. More Houston tributes from nominees and presenters are
expected to take place throughout the ceremony.
Needless to say, the mood at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is a
somber one. Nearly all of the artists attending are wearing black, and
the show has been adjusted significantly to honor Whitney's passing.
Mariah Carey said she was distraught to hear of Houston's passing.
Carey wrote on her Twitter page:
“Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the
incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to
Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world.
She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever
grace the earth.”
Dolly Parton said she was "grateful" to have known Houston and added
that she would be missed "from the bottom" of her heart. Parton said
in a statement:
“Mine is one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of
Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful
performance she did of my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of
my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you.’"