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Sunday
Feb122012

Jennifer Hudson to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday will feature a special musical tribute to Whitney Houston, performed by Jennifer Hudson, who has called Houston her idol.

The Recording Academy decided to add the last-minute tribute to the show’s lineup after Houston was found dead Saturday afternoon in a bathtub in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was planning on attending Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party that night.

“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,” Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, said in a statement Saturday night.

Houston, 48, was a six-time Grammy winner who performed at the Grammys eight times between 1986 and 2000. Her most recent Grammy win was in 1999 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.

Houston presented Hudson with her first Grammy in 2008 for Best R&B Album for her record, “Jennifer Hudson.” Hudson later said that meeting Houston “almost overshadowed getting the Grammy.”

The rest of the show is expected to go as planned, though Houston will surely be at the forefront of everyone’s minds,

Her celebrity friends and fans have taken to the Internet to post statements and tweets about the late icon. Clive Davis’ Grammy party was still held in the hotel Saturday night, with Davis saying Houston would have wanted the music to go on.

The Grammy Awards famously focus on performances instead of awards and speeches, with most of the 78 awards presented off-camera.

In addition to Hudson’s tribute, other performances slated for Sunday night include an Etta James tribute by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt, a duet between Rihanna and Coldplay, a duet between Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood and Adele’s highly anticipated first big performance since her vocal cord surgery.

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars are also expected to perform, among others.

Kanye West is the most nominated artist, with seven nods, and Adele, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters are close behind with six nominations.

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Sunday
Feb122012

Whitney Houston Remembered at Small Memorial Service in Newark

ABC News Radio(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Mourners gathered early Sunday morning in Newark to pay tribute to one of their own.

It was here, at the New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney Houston honed her skills as a young singer as part of the church choir. The Grammy-winning singer died Saturday at a Beverly Hills hotel. She was 48.

Rev. Joe A. Carter led a small memorial service of about 60 guests Sunday at the same church her mother, Cissy, attends and is the choir director. Houston began singing in the church choir when she was just 11 years old.

"She was a treasure on a global scale and, on a personal note, with our church family," Carter said. "We're asking everyone to pray for her family at this hour. We're asking all to respect them at this hour of grieving."

Newmark mayor Cory Booker tweeted his respect to the music icon, saying "RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark's and New Jersey's treasured daughters."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Feb122012

Bobby Brown Reacts to Whitney Houston’s Death

 

Kevin Winter/WireImage(SOUTHAVEN, Miss.) -- Despite the sudden death of his ex-wife, Bobby Brown performed to a packed house in Southaven, Miss. Saturday night, referencing his late former partner as he took the stage.

“First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” he told the crowd. “Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.”

Brown proceeded to perform with his decades-old group, New Edition. During an intermission, the venue played one of  Houston’s early hits, “You Give Good Love.”

 WATCH: How are music fans reacting to the superstar’s death?

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Brown and Houston had a daughter together during their tumultuous marriage, Bobbi Kristina.

Houston was found dead Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel. She was 48.

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Saturday
Feb112012

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston, the most awarded female music artist of all time, has died, ABC News Radio has confirmed.  She was 48.  

The Beverly Hills Police Department issued a statement that declared, in part, "At 3:43, the Beverly Hills PD got an emergency call from the Beverly Hills hotel. ...At 3:55 this afternoon, Houston was pronounced dead at the hotel. ...No obvious signs of criminal intent at this time." 

Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, as well as her cousin, Dionne Warwick, spoke to Whitney by telephone less than a half-hour before her death, according to TMZ.com.  They reportedly talked about Houston's scheduled appearance at record exec Clive Davis' annual Grammy part Saturday night and Houston seemed "fine," according to TMZ, which also describes Cissy Houston as "hysterical" and Warwick as "an absolute mess."

Despite Houston's death, a spokesperson for RCA records tells ABC News Radio that Davis' Grammy party is scheduled to go on as planned. 

WATCH: ABC's David Muir reports on Whitney Houston's death for World News:

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Houston was seen on Thursday at another pre-Grammy party and the Hollywood Reporter  says she was described as acting "belligerent."  On Friday, news broke that she was being approached for a seat on the judges' panel on The X Factor.  A source close to Clive Davis, who discovered Houston, told the Hollywood Reporter, "This is a sad day and it will be a sad Grammys weekend." 

Aretha Franklin also issued a statement expressing shock at Houston's passing.  "I just can't talk about it now," says Franklin.  "It's so stunning and unbelievable.  I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.  My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby [Brown]."

New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, where Houston sang in the choir when she was younger, will hold a special prayer service Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. ET.  Church Pastor Joe A. Carter called Houston "A treasure on a global scale and, on a personal note, with our church family."

SLIDESHOW: Whitney Houston Dies: Icon Through the Years

In her storied career, Houston sold over 170 million albums and singles worldwide, and won six Grammy Awards, two Emmys and countless other honors.  The cousin of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, Whitney grew up singing in the church, and as a teenager, she worked as a backing vocalist, sometimes appearing onstage with her mother, singer Cissy Houston.  In the early '80s, Houston became a model but continued to sing; Clive Davis signed her to Arista Records in 1983 after he saw her perform in a nightclub.

Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut album was a massive hit, as was the follow-up, 1987's Whitney. Together, they produced massive hits like "How Will I Know," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "The Greatest Love of All," "So Emotional," "Saving All My Love for You" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."

Houston branched out into acting with The Bodyguard, and scored her signature hit "I Will Always Love You" from that movie's soundtrack. Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife followed.  She had recently wrapped filming on Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, in which she portrayed the mother of an up-and-coming singer played by Jordin Sparks. The film is set to be released in August. 

Houston married singer Bobby Brown in 1992, a move many felt was controversial, due to his "bad boy" image.  They had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and finally divorced in 2007 after a tumultuous relationship.

EARLIER: Watch ABC's David Muir break the news of Whitney Houston's death:

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Houston's struggles with substance abuse, which she owned up to in various interviews over the past decade, often overshadowed her musical accomplishments.  She went to rehab twice and declared herself drug-free in 2010.  Her 2009 album I Look to You was hailed as her comeback album, but her performances to support it were disappointing, with some fans walking out of shows.

Whitney Houston influenced a generation of musical performers, including Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and nearly every female singer who ever appeared on American Idol.  Mariah Carey tweeted Saturday night, "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May092011

Whitney Houston Checks Into Rehab

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston is in rehab, a rep for the star confirmed to ABC News Radio on Monday.

A spokesperson for Houston says she is in an outpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment, and that she entered the program voluntarily, as part of what the rep called Houston's "long-standing" recovery process.

Houston has admitted to substance abuse in the past.  Last year, after she received some poor reviews for a number of live performances there were rumors that she was once again battling addiction, but those reports were never confirmed.

Thursday night, Houston and Chaka Khan were special guests at Prince's concert at the L.A. Forum -- they sang Chaka's hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar072011

Bobby Brown: My Daughter Doesn’t Do Drugs

Tiffany Rose/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- For Bobby Brown, a picture doesn’t always speak a thousand words.

In an interview with ABC News on Monday, the infamous R&B singer denied that Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Whitney Houston, has ever used drugs. This month, The National Enquirer published photographs that appear to show the 18-year-old snorting cocaine.

“I don’t know anything about that,” he said when asked about the photos. “My daughter, she doesn’t, she doesn’t do that.”

Bobbi Kristina defended herself on Twitter a day after the photos came out, saying she was “set up” by a money-hungry ex-boyfriend because of “a horrible relationship that went sour.” “It’s really not what it looks like,” she wrote.

Brown also revealed that “there will be a New Edition reunion sometime in the near future.” He shot to fame in the 1980s as part of the R&B band; despite the fact that he was voted out of the group in 1986, Brown said they’re eager to perform together again.

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