01:15 PM EDT 03/19/2015
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 Awards'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.
Originally posted 02/12/2012 03:05PM
Whitney Houston performed live for the last time on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
The late pop star took the stage with R&B and gospel singer Kelly Price during her "For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party" at L.A.'s Tru Nightclub to perform "Jesus Loves Me." The moment was filmed by an audience member who then shared the recording with CBS News.
Houston arrived at the party two hours after it began along with daughter Bobbi Kristina, 18. Later, Houston took a seat in the VIP section and was also spotted dancing to various songs all night.
Originally posted 02/10/2012 12:30PM
With this coming Sunday's awards night igniting Grammy fever throughout L.A., Whitney Houston was among the revelers having a grand old time at Thursday's "Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party" at Tru Hollywood.
The singer, herself a six-time Grammy winner, made her entrance two hours after the party got going, emerging from a Cadillac Escalade in a snug black cocktail gown with a plunging neckline.
Among her large party was her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, and the two clutched hands on the red carpet before hastily heading inside the venue.
Inside, sitting within the VIP area with Bobbi Kristina and a large group, Houston, 48, seemed to be in great spirits. Shortly after 11 p.m., she had her hands in the air and was dancing to the R&B group Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison."
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