Stars Remember Whitney Houston at the Grammys
February 12, 2012
A heavy cloud weighed on the usually gleeful Grammy Awards on Sunday, as the loss of Whitney Houston was still fresh on everyone's hearts and minds.
"She was really the reason I started making music," Rihanna admitted to Kevin Frazier on the red carpet. "She was my idol so I'm very wierded out by this whole thing."
LL Cool J had the arduous task of emceeing the event in light of the tragedy. The rapper-actor explained how he went about planning the last-minute changes that were necessary in order to pay respect to the fallen icon.
"First of all it's tough just personally because you hate to see something like this happen to someone," said LL, who went on to reveal his struggle to reconcile giving Whitney the honor that her life warranted and keeping the event fun for young artists who look at the night as their time to shine.
Gospel singer Kirk Franklin lent his insight into the downfalls that come with the fame and fortune that comes with superstardom.
"The success can kill you," said Kirk. "I just think that it's so unfortunate that we're not respectful enough to the people that we celebrate that we don't care about their humanity. And I don't think that we care about their humanity as much as we do their celebrity."
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