Grammy Nominees and Attendees React to Whitney Houston's Death (Video)
It was a celebratory weekend turned somber as news of Whitney Houston’s sudden death shook Hollywood on the eve of the Grammy Awards.
As the Recording Academy scrambled to throw together an appropriate tribute in the 11th hour, including a tear-jerking performance by Jennifer Hudson, the music industry pondered just how to cope with such a tremendous loss to their community.
“It’s surreal. We’re here and it’s not even 24 hours since we heard about this,” said songwriter Diane Warren. “We lost the best American singer, the female pop singer of the past 40 years, maybe more, inarguably. You can’t argue that fact. I’m in shock and I think a lot of people are.”
“I got chills when I first heard about it,” added Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill. “It’s just, it’s devastating. “
Singer Kelly Price also walked the carpet with a heavy heart, for it was Houston’s impromptu performance at the Price-hosted pre-Grammy bash on Thursday that ended up being the iconic singer’s last.
“I’m here because this is music. This is what she loved. It’s what we both loved. It’s a huge part of both of our lives,” she said. “I’m talking because I want people to know the truth about her last performance.”
“I was on stage with her and what you saw on that stage was what that night was about,” Price continued. “When she left the club she left tired and drained because we had all danced ourselves into an absolute frenzy and it’s hard for me to hear anything other than that.”
“Our loss is Heaven’s gain,” declared gospel singer Mandisa.
Watch the video above for more tributes to the late singer, including thoughts from Foster the People, Tyga and Charlie Wilson.