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Whitney Houston Death: Music Industry Pays Tribute
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02/11/2012 11:00PM

The loss of a legend on the eve of Sunday's Grammys has brought a message of condolence from the Recording Academy.

"Six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades," Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy, which presents the annual Grammy Awards, said in a statement Saturday.

"Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs."

Portnow goes on to say, "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."





The celebrated actress-singer, 48, was due to perform at music mogul Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Saturday night. At this time, Beverly Hills Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen tells PEOPLE that there was no evidence of obvious foul play or cause of death determined.

Fellow singers, such as Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, also expressed their sorrow over the loss.

"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," Carey Tweeted. "She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."



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