The 54th annual Grammy Awards were handed out in a lavish musical ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA on Sunday night and while the focus of the awards show was to hand out awards to the best musical performers of the last year, as decided on by Grammy voters, a portion of the night was devoted to the memory of the late Whitney Houston. Grammy Awards host LL Cool J opened the show with remarks that paid tribute to Whitney‘s life and legacy and he shared a personal prayer for and in her memory. Later on in the show, singer Jennifer Hudson performed a powerful rendition of I Will Always Love You in tribute to Whitney. We will hear more about the Grammy show itself a bit later on but, for now, let’s see how tribute was paid to Whitney Houston at Sunday night’s show.
Here is video of LL Cool J‘s opening monologue and prayer:
This, I felt, was a very fitting tribute that I’m sure Whitney appreciated greatly … wherever she is out there. While LL took it upon himself to open the show in tribute to Whitney, the “official” tribute that was put together in her honor came a bit later in the show when Jennifer Hudson took to the stage at the close of the In Memorium segment of the show and performed the song I Will Always Love You in tribute to Whitney and the other musical greats who we lost in the past year:
J. Hud‘s performance was beautiful and very touching. I understand that she rehearsed this song twice before the telecast on Sunday night and broke down in tears both times. She seemed absolutely intent on getting thru the television broadcast without breaking into tears … at least on camera. You may recall that it was Whitney Houston who presented Jennifer Hudson with her first Grammy Award back in 2008. It seems to me that Jennifer was the perfect person to sing the tribute song to Whitney last night. As I said above, we’ll hear more from the 2012 Grammy Awards a bit later on … but I really felt compelled to share these tributes to Whitney Houston right here, right now.