Even though Whitney Houston’s death was sudden, The Grammy Awards had its team to pull something together to honor the legend, icon, Diva and singing sensation.
Whitney Houston passed on Saturday, Feburary, 11, 2012 in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hours before it was time for her attend her mentor and record label executive Clive Davis’ annual Grammy-eve party, as reported on MusiqQueen.com. As whispers surrounded Whitney Houston’s death during the Pre-Grammy party, a reserved Clive Davis, stated to his guests that Whitney would have wanted music to go on and her family asked that they carry on.
Singer Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed by the Grammy’s to perform for a tribute to Houston.
According to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, there is no one more appropriate than Jennifer Hudson to sing Whitney Houston on stage.
Whitney Houston has won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards and over 400 career awards.
Featured presenters and performers that were already scheduled include those such as Adele, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, Mars, Nicki Minaj, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift.
The Grammys is set to air at 7:00PM CST on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
54th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2012 Nominees List
Record of the Year: “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele; “Holocene,” Bon Iver; “Grenade,” Bruno Mars; “The Cave,” Mumford & Sons; “Firework,” Katy Perry.
Album of the Year: “21,” Adele; “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters; “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars; “Loud,” Rihanna.
Song of the Year: “All of the Lights,” Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters (performed by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie); “The Cave,” Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons); “Grenade,” Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars and Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars); “Holocene,” Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver); “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele).
New Artist: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex.
Pop Vocal Album: “21,” Adele; “The Lady Killer,” Cee Lo Green; “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga; “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” Bruno Mars; “Loud,” Rihanna.
Rock Album: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul,” Jeff Beck; “Wasting Light,” Foo Fighters; “Come Around Sundown,” Kings of Leon; “I’m With You,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “The Whole Love,” Wilco.
R&B Album: “F.A.M.E.,” Chris Brown; “Second Chance,” El DeBarge; “Love Letter,” R. Kelly; “Pieces of Me,” Ledisi; “Kelly,” Kelly Price.
Rap Album: “Watch the Throne,” Jay-Z and Kanye West; “Tha Carter IV,” Lil Wayne; “Lasers,” Lupe Fiasco; “Pink Friday,” Nicki Minaj; “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West.
Country Album: “My Kinda Party,” Jason Aldean; “Chief,” Eric Church; “Own the Night,” Lady Antebellum; “Red River Blue,” Blake Shelton; “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait; “Speak Now,” Taylor Swift.
Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album: “Entren Los Que Quieran,” Calle 13; “Entre La Ciudad y El Mar,” Gustavo Galindo; “Nuestra,” La Vida BohGeme; “Not So Commercial,” Los Amigos Invisibles; “Drama y Luz,” ManDa.
Jazz Vocal Album: “`Round Midnight,” Karrin Allyson; “The Mosaic Project,” Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists; “The Gate,” Kurt Elling; “American Road,” Tierney Sutton (Band); “The Music of Randy Newman,” Roseanna Vitro.
Contemporary Classical Composition: “Elmer Gantry,” RobertAldridge and Herschel Garfein; “The Ghosts of Alhambra,” George Crumb; “String Quartet No. 3,” Jefferson Friedman; “Lonely Motel-Music from Slide,” Steven Mackey; “Piano Concerto No. 2,” Poul Ruders.
54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Performers Lists
Adele, who will be performing for the first time since undergoing vocal-cord surgery last fall
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
The Beach Boys, who will be reuniting for their first appearance in two decades, with Foster The People and Maroon 5
Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood
Glen Campbell with the Band Perry and Blake Shelton
The Civil Wars
Coldplay and Rihanna
Dance/electronica segment featuring Chris Brown, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta, and Lil Wayne
Jennifer Hudson, who will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band