Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Jennifer Hudson performs "I Will Always Love You" during the In Memoriam portion of the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Pierce: Houston hovered over the Grammy Awards (video)

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Feb 12 2012 10:42 pm • Last Updated Feb 14 2012 11:34 pm

The Grammys opened on Sunday with a prayer for and tribute to Whitney Houston.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It was tasteful. It was heartfelt. It was all that was necessary.

"There is no way around this," host LL Cool J told the crowd in the Staples Center and TV viewers after an opening number by Bruce Springsteen. "We’ve had a death in our family. So at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman that we loved."

At which point he bowed his head and prayed for Houston, who died Saturday of (as of this writing) undetermined causes.

"Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed by her musical spirit," LL Cool J said. And then producers played a clip of Houston singing "I Will Always Love You" from a past Grammy show.


story continues below
story continues below

That wasn’t the end of it. Houston was featured in the, ahem, death montage later in the show. And Jennifer Hudson followed that with her own rendition of "I Will Always Love You."

But the Whitney worship didn’t get out of hand.

LL Cool J may have gotten the gig because the Grammys were on CBS and he’s a CBS star ("NCIS: Los Angeles"). He was, believe it or not, the first Grammy host since 2005.

And he pretty much disappeared after the brief opening. But he did what he had to do.

The Grammys have a built-in advantage over the Oscars, the Emmys and even the Tonys. They’re far more entertaining because, while you can’t show viewers an entire movie, TV program or Broadway show, you can show them song after song.

And, as always, the awards took a back seat to the performances at the Grammys.

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.