I wasn’t the biggest Whitney Houston fan ever, but when she sang, she did take my breath way. Her death at only 48 was a devastating loss for sure. I think more than anything, this is cautionary tale for us all.
You play with drugs, eventually you’re going to get burned. But, what a gift she did possess.
Watching all the media coverage, it was hard to believe just how marvelous and talented she was. She made it all look so damn easy. How ironic that this all happened the night of mentor Clive Davis’ legendary pre-Grammy bash.
Davis, who discovered, mentored and supported her, even when her questionable lifestyle started to ruin her career, was said to be devastated. There are the naysayers who said the fete should have been canceled. But Clive knew Whitney would have wanted it to go on. An epic loss.
Tonight’s Grammys, where Adele is making a return to the live stage and Bruce Springsteen is opening the show has been put into a tailspin.
I just spoke to a friend who works for Grammy director Ken Ehrlich, and, he said “all that’s been thrown into chaos!”
Jennifer Hudson, who has called Houston her idol, has been tapped to perform a special tribute to the late singer at the ceremony tonight.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) decided to add the last-minute tribute to the show’s lineup after Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was planning on attending Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party that night.
“A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice,” NARAS Presidentr Neil Portnow, president/CEO said in a statement.
Houston won six Grammys during her career and performed at the awards show eight times between 1986 and 2000. Her last Grammy win was in 1999 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”