Grammy Awards Red Carpet: Stars Reflect on Whitney Houston’s Life and Legacy
7:21 pm, February 12th, 2012GRAMMYS
“We immediately had to jump in gear and try to figure out how we could be respectful and show her the appreciation she deserves,” the actor-musician explained, adding he hopes Houston’s family and fans “appreciate” the tribute.
Tony Bennett, who performed at Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammys bash just hours after news of Houston’s passing broke, said the songstress was “the greatest singer I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing what happened to her.”
“We partied, we celebrated, we danced,” Price said, adding “I wasn’t expecting her to sing… She just walked up on the stage, we embraced each other and she said, ‘Give me the mic.’”
Upon hearing of Houston’s death outside a Grammys gifting suite on Saturday, Price said she “was praying it was an Internet hoax.”
“I hate them,” she said, “but I was hoping it was one.”
With the Grammy Awards proceeding mostly as planned, Price said Houston “would want it to be celebratory and be about the music. She loved what she did.”
Billy Ray Cyrus said the atmosphere could be described as “a great deal of sadness, but yet at the same time, I think there’s a feeling of honor.”
Calling Houston “an incredible talent,” Miley‘s dad noted that the late singer had “always been very nice to me and my family as we’ve crossed paths over the years. As an artist… she sang the backdrop of our lives.”
Paris Hilton recalled the first time she and Houston met, sharing, “I was so excited because I always admired her when I was a little girl.”
“It’s so heartbreaking and awful,” the socialite added.
Kelly Rowland reflected on meeting Houston for the first time in a hotel lobby, where the iconic star started signing Destiny’s Child songs.
“I wouldn’t be standing her, I feel like, if it wasn’t for her,” she said.
The Grammy nominee, who said there’s “a very somber tone tonight at the Grammys because we lost our hero,” sent prayers to Houston’s mother and daughter.
“If we feel this great of a loss,” Rowland said, “I can only imagine how heavy their hearts are.”
She added, “I just hope she knows how much she impacted not just the music industry, but the world with her voice.”
He called Houston’s death “a tragedy,” adding, “it’s just crazy. It’s sad.”
“The Voice” judge Adam Levine, with his Maroon 5 bandmates, said “everyone’s kind of in shock.”
Houston “impacted everybody,” he said. “She’s Whitney freakin’ Houston. We’re all just very upset.”
Jessie J, who was attending the Grammys for the first time, revealed she met Houston’s daughter earlier in the week at Grammys rehearsals.
“It’s still a shock,” she said, adding Houston is “the reason that I started to sing.”
Miranda Lambert said that although she and Houston never met, “everyone here has been affected by Whitney in one or another.”
“There is a little bit of a dark cloud” over the Grammys, she said, but “we can let music heal us… We can celebrate her though music.”
Flo Rida said the news of Houston’s passing – which he received shortly before going on stage for a concert – gave him “chills.”
“She paved the way for a lot of people,” he said. “She’s definitely a true legend.”
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