Today is a sad day for our world. The news of Whitney Houston's death hit us hard last night. Tears rolled for America's sweetheart, the gal with the majestic voice whose songs made a lasting impression in our hearts and minds. Who can't instantly summon her voice singing Greatest Love of All, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Didn't We Almost Have It All, I Will Always Love You, or Where Do Broken Hearts Go? How can anyone watch the clip of her rendition of the National Anthem without crying today? It's as perfect as it gets - no screeching, no blown lyrics. Just a pure voice that thrills.
We forgave her marriage to Bobby Brown, drug use, personal struggles, and erratic behavior - changes that fame brought to her life - because we loved her. Recently, she seemed to have turned her life around, making a movie and relishing her role as a mother and daughter. Philosophical to the end, she seemed to look forward to the immediate future with her trademark love of life.
Tonight, at the 54th Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Houston at the February 12, 2012, awards. Ken Ehrlich, Executive Producer, said, "Event organizers believed Hudson, an Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning artist, could perform a respectful musical tribute to Houston." Ehrlich went on to say: "It's too fresh in everyone's memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn't recognize Whitney's remarkable contribution to music...in general, and in particular, her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years." Ditto. I'll be watching, in tears I'm sure.
My sympathy to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, her mother, and all who loved her (that would be the world).
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