Originally posted 02/13/2012 02:30PM
On a night intended to pay homage to the biggest names in music today, two of the Grammy
's biggest honorees were the megastars no longer in the room: Etta James
and Whitney Houston
After host LL Cool J opened Sunday's ceremony with a prayer
for Houston, announcing "a death in our family," the audience rose in a standing ovation.
"When a truly great artist leaves us, their legacy lives on," Alicia Keys
later told the stars gathered at Los Angeles's Staples Center, before joining Bonnie Raitt in a graceful cover of James's "A Sunday Kind of Love."
But the most moving tribute came from Jennifer Hudson
, whose elegant but understated rendition of Houston's "I Will Always Love You" brought audience members to their feet once again.
Filed Under: Grammy Awards 2012
, Alicia Keys
, Amy Winehouse
, Beyonce Knowles
, Etta James
, Jennifer Hudson
, Jessie J
, Kelly Price
, LL Cool J
, Steve Jobs
, Tony Bennett
, Whitney Houston