TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Whitney Houston

Remembered with

Prayer at Grammy Awards

2/12/2012 5:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

video platform video management video solutions video player
0_1u8sy5n6_0_2ehom6nz
2012 Grammy Awards host LL Cool J wasted no time addressing the passing of Whitney Houston, leading the star-packed audience in a prayer in her honor. 

Immediately after, LL showed a clip of Whitney singing "I Will Always Love You" at the Grammys back in 1994.

Jennifer Hudson is expected to perform a musical tribute to Whitney later in the show. According to Us Magazine, JHud broke down crying while rehearsing earlier in the day and had to restart her number several times before she could finish it.

111 COMMENTS

No Avatar
16.

who cares    

Whitney sure she had a good voice at one time but when you look at her as a person she was a mean nasty vulgar woman with a foul mouth who by most accounts wasn't very nice. We call that ghetto trash also known as crack heads. So please quit putting her on a pedistal just because of her voice because it means nothing. She never did anything good for humanity with all her riches and fame other then sing songs. BFD

985 days ago
17.

charlie    

Maybe it's just me but Whitney was and will always be the greatest singer of all time! I havent heard anyone this night be able to sing like she did.

The Grammy's tonight should be all about her IMO! No fun, No party! God Bless and remember Whitney!

985 days ago
18.

Chia    

That took balls. Go LL!

985 days ago
19.

lensmanct    

When asked to comment, Clive Davis could only say "ka-ching".

985 days ago
20.

DahhTroll    

the peoel around whinty should have gottn her help beofr this happend. The way they partyed on while her body lay dead in the same bulidng as the party is telling how they treated whintey in life. They used her talnt to make mony but itnored her health issues. If Ray J was ithher he should have taken care of her and said look you need help.
NOt just go our on a fake date withher for his won PR.
She was surrounded by toixc people.
I hope her daughter gets help. she is proably on durgs too.
This might turn out like anna nicolce smith and her son.
when you watch skany Riana sing on the grammys realy makes you stop to repcpt whintys talent. The current singers we have cant hold a candel to whinty.

985 days ago
21.

DahhTroll    

God help Bobbie kristna. Its going to be so hard for her not having her mother.
we all lost the greatest voice of all time but she lost her best friend and mom.
Its weird thoguth that they had a party last night with her dead body still int he hotel. That seems a bit irrerant to me. I hope one of the net works put toghter a big memrial show and plays all whinteys videios and have peoel speak about her. If we find out she over doese mybe there can be a whinty huston durg wareness foudtaion.
To help other not meet her same fate.
I dotn think any one is surprised she ODed
just surprised it was at teh pre grammy party and they drink thier champane while her dead body was inside.
That is allmost like dancing on someones grave.. just weird!
Clive Davis is an icon but realy holding a party while your star client lay dead in the same bulding of a premauter death thats irionic.
If whintyw as just alseep on zanax the water would have aroused her to wake up. A combition of zanx and coke could make her heartt stopped thats problay what happend.
The curse of Bobbie brown!

985 days ago
22.

leslie    

Whitney could of died from natural causes. The illegal drugs she did in the past could of made her heart weak and she died. Everyone is assuming she was doing drugs. Wait for the results, before judging.
All the celebrities that actually knew her, said she was very kind.
She believed in charity and contributed to these charities.
Charities & foundations supported (7)

Whitney Houston has supported the following charities:

Caudwell Children
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation
Children's Defense Fund
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center

Red Cross
United Negro College Fund
United Service Organization

985 days ago
23.

kim    

THAT WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL AND VERY TOUCHING...

985 days ago
24.

USChicksAreFat    

Grammys? Who gives a ****. Idiot grammy voters for decades have missed all the biggest artists and best albums, and instead voted for garbage like Michael Bolton.

**** the grammys.

985 days ago
25.

Throwback kid    

Why didn't thy get Ray J to host the Grammy's? the brotha needs work!

985 days ago
26.

kim    

IF THEY EVER DID A MOVIE ABOUT WHITNEY NIA PEEPLES WOULD BE A GREAT PICK...

985 days ago
27.

leslie    

Whitney gave money freely to help others. Don't ever think she didn't care about others.

The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children: Formed in 1989, the WHFC aids sick and homeless children, and works toward the prevention of child abuse, teaches children to read, and has built inner city parks and playgrounds. In past years, the foundation also has hosted a Christmas party for homeless children.


The United Negro College Fund is a favorite Whitney Houston charity. She raised a quarter of a million dollars for the UNCF at a 1988 Madison Square Garden concert, appeared on at least two "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" telethons to benefit the UNCF, and has been honored by the organization for her consistent giving with the Frederick D. Patterson Award. One of Whitney Houston's first gigs was a benefit concert for the UNCF in which she sang "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie."


The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Whitney Houston regularly attends their "Carousel of Hope" charity gala and was honored for her giving in 1996 with the Brass Ring Award.


St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital: Founded by the late actor Danny Thomas, this hospital helps critically-ill children without asking for money from their parents or guardians. It is subsidized completely by charitable giving. Whitney Houston has given so much to the hospital over the years that the founder's daughter, Marlo Thomas, honored her at a charity banquet in 1994.


South Africa: The announcement that Whitney Houston would participate in the 1988 Freedom Fest concert event (for a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela) drew other artists and much media attention. In 1994, Whitney also toured in South Africa, giving concert proceeds to numerous children's charities including two children's museums, the President's Trust Fund (for the freed Nelson Mandela), the Kagiso Foundation and several orphanages. In the 1980s, when Whitney was an up-and-coming fashion model, she also refused to work for any company that did business in then-Apartheid South Africa.


American Red Cross: Whitney Houston donated all of her proceeds from the single and home video sales of her Superbowl XXV rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" to benefit Gulf War troops and their families. Whitney's record company followed suit. Whitney was elected a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors in 1991.


New York Firefighters and Police: Whitney Houston re-released "The Star Spangled Banner" charity single to benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. She waived her royalty rights to the single, which went on to top the U.S. sales charts in October 2001 and raised more than $1 million.


The Children's Defense Fund: All of Whitney Houston's proceeds from her two "Classic Whitney" concerts in Washington, D.C., totaling a quarter of a million dollars, were donated to this charity.


The National Birth Defects Center: The Boston area center named its Hearing & Language Disorder Clinic after Whitney due to her giving.


UMDNJ University Hospital: The Newark, N.J.-based hospital named its Pediatric Special Care Unit after Whitney Houston due to her giving.


Hale House: Whitney Houston donated enough to this Harlem-based charity that they were able to build a Learning & Recreation Center.


Rainbow House: Whitney Houston has provided financial assistance to this shelter for adolescent mothers and for children with HIV and AIDS.


Russian Aid Fund: In February 2004, Whitney donated 1 million rubles to the Aid Fund for victims of a bomb attack in the Moscow subway. The funds were raised by her performances in Moscow.


T.J. Martell Foundation: Whitney Houston has supported this foundation, which funds research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.


Harlem Boys Choir, New Jersey State PBA, and The Youth of Atlantic City: Whitney donated proceeds from her only 1990 U.S. concert appearances to these three charities.


Debt Relief: Whitney supported a cyber petition by international debt relief campaign Jubilee 2000 to persuade world leaders to erase debt owed by 40 of the world's poorest nations.


Wyclef Jean Foundation: Whitney Houston participated in a Carnegie Hall benefit that earned about $250,000 for this foundation in January 1991.


Welcome Home Heroes: Whitney's Easter Sunday 1991 concert in Norfolk, Va., was free for returning Gulf War veterans and their families. HBO, which televised the event live, encouraged cable systems to descramble their signal so everyone could enjoy the show for free.


1994 Rainforest Benefit: Whitney Houston made a surprise guest performance at this event, notable for Whitney's singing a bit of "La Donna e Mobile" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto." She also performed "If It's Magic" and "I Will Always Love You."


For the 1992 movie premiere of "The Bodyguard," proceeds went to The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children and to the Magic Johnson Foundation for pediatric AIDS research .


For the 1996 movie premiere of "The Preacher's Wife," proceeds went to The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Denzel Washington's choice) and a third charity chosen by director Penny Marshall.


Kurdish Refugee Relief 1991: Whitney performed at the "Simple Truth" concert at London's Wembley Stadium and allowed MTV to simulcast her performance of "Miracle" at her Oakland, Calif., concert during a telethon held for this cause.


Fighting AIDS: One of Whitney Houston's favorite causes, highlights include her performance at the Arista 15th Anniversary AIDS Benefit in 1990. She also flew to Los Angeles for the "Commitment for Life" AIDS Benefit in 1994 from her South American tour, and then immediately flew back to resume her concert tour.


Fighting Cancer: Another of Whitney Houston's favorite causes, Whitney performed at a Cancer Research Benefit at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Michael Bolton Foundation: This charity honored Whitney for her giving in 1995 with a fund-raising gala. In 1997, Bolton's foundation joined forces with Whitney's foundation to honor other charitable artists at a fund-raising gala.


Emmanuel Cancer Foundation: Whitney was unable to attend a 1990 benefit held in her honor, so she turned it into a food drive to benefit this New Jersey chidren's organization.


Special Olympics: Whitney performed at the Opening Ceremonies in 1987 and recorded "Do You Hear What I Hear" for free for their first "A Very Special Christmas" benefit album in 1989.


1988 Olympic Games: Whitney Houston recorded the song "One Moment In Time" for an album of the same name to benefit Olympic athletes.


Ronald McDonald Children's Charities: The South Florida arm of this organization honored Whitney for her giving.


The Bronx Zoo: Whitney Houston donated two lion cubs to the Bronx Zoo in New York City in 1989.


For her 1992 wedding, Whitney asked attendees and fans to contribute to the Whitney Houston Foundation For Children in lieu of gifts.


Whitney Houston has been honored for her charity work by the VH1 Honors in 1995, The First Annual Triumphant SPIRIT Awards by Essence Magazine in 1997, and 1998 Trumpet Awards (organized by Ted Turner).

985 days ago
28.

who cares    

How things come full circle, it seems Bobby Brown would have had a more positive influence on his daughters life after all. Atleast bobby cleaned up his life and didnt poison his daughter with drugs and alcohol like Whitney did. Just goes to show you the courts dont know which is the best parent to raise a child if any.

985 days ago
29.

Tracie    

Considering the weeks/months that it takes to produce the Grammy's and the fact that Whitney Houston died the day before the show was to broadcast, I am amazed that they were able to incorporate a tribute to her into the show,,, there will certainly be more to come,,,for those of you who feel its necessary to comment on her past struggles, remember that ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE,,, R.I.H Ms Whitney

985 days ago
30.

charlie    

Reading many of the comments makes me realize how many people out there have no heart. It's really sad. Go ahead numb-nut "Give me a dis-like". Look in the mirror and "dis-like" your self.

GOD BLESS Whitney and her family.

985 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web