Whitney Houston anniversary to be marked with TV Grammy special

LOS ANGELES Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:27pm EST

Whitney Houston bows after performing at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Whitney Houston bows after performing at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, November 22, 2009.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy organizers plan to mark the first anniversary of the sudden death of Whitney Houston with a behind-the-scenes TV show on how they scrambled to honor the singer just 24 hours after she died.

The Recording Academy said on Thursday that the hour-long special entitled "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family" will air on February 9, the day before the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Houston, who sold hundreds of millions of records and scored the mega hits "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11 2012 - the eve of last year's Grammy Awards show.

Houston's unexpected death at age 48 cast a shadow over the event, which quickly changed its program to pay homage to the soaring voice that had dominated the Grammys in decades past.

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson performed a medley of Houston's hits at last year's Grammys, and rapper and host LL Cool J opened the show with a prayer.

The TV special on broadcaster CBS features rehearsals and interviews with artists - including Hudson, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift - and the show's producers in the hours before and after Houston's death.

The Recording Academy produces the annual Grammy awards.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by Jill Serjeant and David Brunnstrom)

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Comments (2)
desertlover wrote:
Stop with all the celebration of this woman. She was a horrible mother that threw away her career. She is not someone to be revered.

Jan 31, 2013 9:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kareday wrote:
As far as motherhood is concerned, Whitney Houston’s only daughter is the best person to judge her as a mother. Until her death, it was clear she had great hopes of reviving her career. It was evident that she wanted that VOICE back. Her past musical accomplishments should be remembered and honored because they were great indeed! Her live rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” on HBO’s “Welcome Home Heroes” concert in 1991 was one of her many live performances in which she proved her vocal ability was supreme. Her death has affected many people, and much can be learned from her life. It is factual that with any addiction, you can lose your talent, no matter how great it is, and you can lose yourself. Young people especially need to be reminded of this fact, and Whitney Houston’s life may interest them.

Feb 06, 2013 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
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