Just 24 hours before the
Those 11th-hour alterations to the telecast are documented in a new documentary, “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family.”
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Set to air, befittingly enough, Saturday on
There’s plenty of behind-the-scenes footage — good luck watching
But what the documentary will ultimately provide is a bookend to one of the most tragic music stories in recent years, a story that unraveled during Grammys weekend.
In town to appear, as she often had, at music mogul
Just hours before Davis’ party at the Beverly Hilton, she was found in the bathtub of her hotel room upstairs. The scene was surreal. VH1 was downstairs, ready to interview her for a “Behind the Music” special on
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Hours after her death, Davis, the man who discovered Houston and fought tirelessly to protect the regal pop royalty image he crafted for his ingenue, was eulogizing the singer as her body remained in her suite a few floors above the ballroom.
In the months after her death the singer’s legacy has been marked by other award shows, but it's impossible to reflect on her death without mentioning the Grammys in the same breath.
The Recording Academy has already given the late pop titan a sendoff with a tribute show, "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston," which aired on
Even though Houston’s final recording, “Celebrate,” didn’t score a posthumous nomination, the Grammys have made sure her presence is felt by airing the documentary so close to the ceremony — another reminder of the magnitude of her passing.
And while that voice remains unmatched, the progeny she’s inspired is endless. Combing through current nominees is evidence of that.
Need further proof? Just glance at Beyoncé, whose nominated single “Love On Top” so greatly pulls from the R&B-pop confections that Houston flawlessly delivered in 1980s.
On Sunday when the telecast opens, the shadow of her death will have faded a bit. And whether it's acknowledged on-air or not, as the title says, the Grammys will go on.