With the one-year anniversary of the late great pop diva Whitney Houston approaching, the Grammys gave the songstress a final sendoff on Thursday as they recorded a tribute show entitled, “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich found it fitting that the show was being taped as the city was being pounded by a downpour of rain, told the audience that he did not want to focus on what happened in February.
“There’s so many people on this show that worked on that show … all of them knew and worked with Whitney,” Ehrlich said. “I really don’t want to say how difficult that was for us.”
Thursday’s show is set to air on November 16th. Whitney was honored with a night full of moving speeches and performances by stars such as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans as well as Clive Davis, Britney Spears, and Halle Berry.
The tribute paired the performances and testimonies with archival footage of Houston’s interviews and performances as her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown and sister-in-law/manager/confidante Pat Houston looked on from the audience.
(photos courtesy of LA Times)