Intended as a celebration of the year’s best songs, albums and artists, last night’s Grammys started with a note of sorrow as the show’s presenter, LL Cool J, paid tribute to the death of legendary artist Whitney Houston with a prayer, after the shock announcement of the singer’s death came just the day before.
In LA and scheduled to perform at The Grammys, Whitney Houston was found dead on Saturday evening.
One of the world’s best-loved singers, and best-selling artists during the 1980s and 1990s, Whitney is best remembered for her role in The Bodyguard, and songs including I Will Always Love You, the song which Jennifer Hudson chose to perform in a touching tribute at The Grammys.
Fans and industry insiders alike have taken to Twitter to mourn the sudden loss of the star, including Simon Cowell, who tweeted: “I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time.”