Mainstream media fueled the misinformation on Whitney. They refused to reveal the details, so had to play catchup with others, from the likes of TMZ and my colleagues...we had the info and they made us look silly and unreliable...they are now...we had it going in to Sunday and the Grammys..they did not...same with their political coverage...
Grammy statement 2.12.12...
A special musical tribute to six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston featuring GRAMMY-winning artist Jennifer Hudson has been added to the lineup for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.Houston died Feb. 11 at age 48. A cause of death was not disclosed."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," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy.
UPDATES: FOUND DEAD AT 3:55 P.M. AT BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL (4TH FLOOR) - - 7:30 p.m. 2.11.12...Here's what we know from our sources in L.A. right now - - Whitney was to be at the Grammy pre-party hosted by Clive Davis...The Hollywood Reporter is saying she was acting out over the last week. Meanwhile, was she approached to be a judge on "X Factor." News of death around 5 p.m. Pacific time...and now Beverly Hills detectives are at the Beverly Hilton...BY THE WAY: HERE IS THE PARTY NEWS FOR CLIVE DAVIS EVENT TO BE HELD AT THE SAME HOTEL WHERE WHITNEY WAS FOUND DEAD...should it have been canceled???
"Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight. She was not at all scheduled to perform..." Clive Davis from GRAMMY Gala..."Whitney would have asked that the music go on. And her family said the show should go on." - Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala..."We will do something appropriate tomorrow. Nothing more appropriate than Jennifer Hudson sing on our stage.." "If we truly believe in God than we should celebrate the life of Whitney Houston tonight" - @iamdiddy Pre-GRAMMY Gala
Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sir Richard Branson
Guests include... Brandy and Monica, Sony execs Doug Morris and Reid, artists Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Missy Elliott, Jennifer Hudson and Britney Spears and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. . (7 p.m. - midnight)
TWEETS: those at the Grammy rehearsals said to be overly stunned and a tribute song was done on the fly...
Tony Bennett: "It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed." Christina AguileraL"We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed." Rihanna "No words! Just tears #DearWhitney" - that is a tribute tweet site if you want to head there...
Rob Lowe "Whitney Houston gone. Voice of a lifetime. So sad." ...Nancy O'Dell "I am in shock and so sad..."
FROM GRAMMYS...Whitney Houston Dies
Six-time GRAMMY winner Whitney Houston died Feb. 11, according to a report by the Associated Press. She was 48. A cause of death was not disclosed. Arguably one of the most successful female pop singers of all time, Houston released her self-titled debut album in 1985, garnering a GRAMMY nomination for the prestigious Album Of The Year honor. She won her first GRAMMY that same year for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for the No. 1 hit "Saving All My Love For You." Houston experienced continued success at the GRAMMY Awards through the '80s and mid-'90s, subsequently earning trophies for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" in 1987, and Record and Album Of The Year in 1993 for "I Will Always Love You" and The Bodyguard — Original Soundtrack, respectively. Houston's most recent GRAMMY win came in 1999 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "It's Not Right But It's Okay." Her most recent release, 2009's I Look To You, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking Houston's third career chart-topping album. (2/11)
Are the Grammys overbooked?
UPDATE: Sure, there's more. Beach Boys will perform and they should but come on, how many acts can they have? When watching the Grammys this Sunday, notice how much is going on up there on stage, especially when the performances... by Tim O'Brien
Need a long list? Here are the Grammy nominations February 08, 2012 Arts & Entertainment | February 8, 2012 Tim O'Brien UPDATE: It has been announced that the Beach Boys will perform at the show, too. When watching the Grammys this Sunday, notice how much is going on... Read more
Chicagoans look to grab a GrammyLupe Fiasco was nominated for Best Rap Performance (against Kanye, too) for "The Show Goes On." The competition is "Look at Me Now," Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and…Examiner, Tim O'Brien
Grammys: Whitney Houston tribute; list of nominations, too UPDATE: With the stunning news of the death of six time Grammy winner Whitney Houston, an impromptu tribute hit the stage as rehearsals were taking place for this year's show. They have also announced a tribute during the show by Jennifer Hudson.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien -
Breaking Down The Grammy Controversy
There's an old joke that musicians dismiss the Grammys as a sham—unless they win one, in which case, it's most important award in the world. That sentiment seems to be at the root of a controversy that has plagued the National Academy of Recording ...