Documentary Chronicles the Impact of Whitney Houston’s Death on the Grammys
Posted by on Jun 13, 2012

The sudden passing of icon Whitney Houston in February saddened us all. As we watched CNN and other networks in stunned silence with tears streaming down our faces, the producers of the Grammy Awards were scrambling to re-arrange the live telecast in an effort to honor the legendary singer, dubbed “The Voice.”

The impact of Houston’s death on the biggest ceremony for musicians is chronicled in “A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On,” a 25-minute documentary focusing on the organizing of the 54th annual Grammy Awards. The documentary premiered Monday at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

After the legend’s unexpected death at 48, the challenge was to “do something that was respectful to Whitney that set a tone that also didn’t lose the fact that there were thousands of people who were coming to this event because they had done something remarkable this year on their own, and they needed to be treated with respect as well,” Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammys for the past 32 years said in an Associated Press interview.

The documentary includes interviews with LL Cool J, who hosted the event, and Jennifer Hudson, who performed a tearful rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” It also includes rehearsal footage and interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney, who collaborated for the show.

Forty million eyes were on February’s Grammy Awards, which is the second largest audience ever. The top prize belongs to the 1984 Grammys, which drew 43 million viewers according to the Associated Press. This was due in large part to Michael Jackson, who won eight awards for “Thriller” that year.

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