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Grammy Awards Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Etta James

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.

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Katie Couric's Most Noteworthy Moments of 2011

Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:00AM

Katie Couric says that 2011 was a year of "revolutions, disillusionment, disappointment, frustration, despair, courage and hope."

Couric will host the ABC two-hour special "The Year," in collaboration with PEOPLE, airing on Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.

But first, she looked back on the year with PEOPLE.

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Steve Wozniak on the Beautiful Mind of Steve Jobs | Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak on the Beautiful Mind of Steve Jobs

Originally posted 10/10/2011 08:00AM

They started Apple Computer together in 1976 with nothing. Now, 35 years later, Steve Wozniak can reflect on just how his friend and fellow computer geek Steve Jobs changed the world.

"I am in great grief," Wozniak, 61, tells PEOPLE. "I'm glad that Steve Jobs did so much for the world. His efforts and accomplishments move us much closer to solving the great problems of the world, including war."

Jobs, who died last week at 56, had a beautiful mind that allowed him to see the future, and shape it, says Wozniak.

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Steve Jobs Funeral Is Friday | Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Funeral Is Friday

Originally posted 10/07/2011 05:00PM

A small, private funeral is taking place Friday for Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died this week at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The location was not disclosed out of respect for Jobs's family, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The funeral will be a very private ceremony," Lt. Sandra Brown, a spokeswoman for the Palo Alto police department, tells Fox News.

No public services were set. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told employees in a letter that the company was "planning a celebration of Steve's extraordinary life" for staff.

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INSIDE STORY: Steve Jobs – the Private Man Few Knew | Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs – the Private Man Few Knew

Originally posted 10/07/2011 12:00PM

As Steve Jobs tells the story, the phone call was made in the middle of the night.

An unwed couple had put their child up for adoption. They wanted their baby raised by college graduates, so they arranged for the child to go to a lawyer and his wife.

But at the last minute, the potential adoptive couple had a change of heart. They wanted a girl. So the birth parents went to the next names on the waiting list, and dialed the phone.

This time, the people on the other end of the line said yes.

That's how Steve Jobs came to be adopted by working class Paul Jobs, a machinist, and wife Clara of San Francisco in the winter of 1955. The boy would grow up to become a technological visionary, immensely rich – worth an estimated $8.3 billion – powerful and admired.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Pete Wentz – I Remember My First iPod

Pete Wentz – I Remember My First iPod

Originally posted 10/06/2011 07:05PM

Pete Wentz, the former bassist for Fall Out Boy who’s now on tour with his new band Black Cards, shares his thoughts on Steve Jobs exclusively with PEOPLE.

As with a lot of things, sometimes it takes an outsider to shake things up. That’s how it was with Steve Jobs and the music industry.

Jobs singlehandedly changed the way people interact with music more so than most people within the music industry this century. He proved that music could not only become hyper-relevant again, but that it would become significant in ways that most people could never have imagined. Inexpensive. Portable. Easy. Fun. Sharable.

Music has always been a thread that runs through most people's lives, but with the invention of iTunes and the iPod, it could live and breathe anywhere. Everywhere.

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How the iPad Changed the World for Hollywood Moms

Elisabeth Röhm on Steve Jobs: How He Changed the Way Kids Learn

Originally posted 10/06/2011 03:30PM

Dear Steve Jobs,

I'm sending this to wherever you've gone...

Our hearts broke at the news last evening and our world will never be the same. For all that you brought to us and all that we will never know because of your passing, I thought I'd show you a picture of my daughter Easton with her trusty iPad. It changed our lives and opened her mind and imagination to possibility.

At first, I was scared when I received the iPad as a gift – the technically-challenged are always the most resistant. Not Easton though. She seemed to speak your language right off the bat. Actually, all the children seem to grasp your vision with ease. She showed me the light and the way into your world ... or at least the one we were privileged to benefit from. Together we have grown closer through learning, interacting and being entertained by your inventions.

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PEOPLE Music Critic: How the iPod Changed My Job | Steve Jobs

Remembering Steve Jobs: How the iPod Changed My Job

Originally posted 10/06/2011 02:20PM

Despite being a music critic – listening to more albums in one year than many people would in an entire lifetime – I've always been old-school when it comes to music technology.

I remember being one of the last people I knew who switched from vinyl to CD. Years later, I reluctantly (and almost out of a sense of embarrassment) retired my Discman and bought my first iPod much later than those tech-savvy types. I remember begrudgingly importing my CDs into my computer over one long week, feeling like it would never end and wondering what it was all for.

Then something magical happened: I connected my new iPod and watched in amazement as all my music was transferred over to this tiny thing.

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Steve Jobs Leaves His Mark on Showbiz (and Carrie Bradshaw!)

Originally posted 10/06/2011 02:10PM

Steve Jobs influenced how we talk on the phone, listen to music, watch movies and surf the web.

And along the way, he racked up his share of pop culture notoriety, too.

From Saturday Night Live to Toy Story to Sex and the City, the late Apple visionary's work and his many pervasive products made their mark in the world of entertainment.

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Steve Jobs's Pancreatic Cancer: His Private Struggle | Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs's Pancreatic Cancer: His Private Struggle

Originally posted 10/06/2011 01:45PM

In the public eye, Steve Jobs was a cutting-edge visionary with a knack for developing user-friendly technology. He was the man in the black turtleneck with an estimated $5.5 billion fortune, that guy who asked consumers to make a choice – Mac or PC.

But quietly, the infallible creative force behind Apple had his own personal battle outside the office. Jobs, who died Wednesday at 56, struggled with pancreatic cancer since 2004.

After resigning from his position as CEO in August, Jobs remained in the company as chairman. His letter to the board announcing the change did not mention his health problems, but he alluded to them.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he wrote. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

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