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2012 Grammys grieves for Whitney Houston

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Singer Whitney Houston’s death Saturday has brought a shadow  over tonight’s Grammy Awards and the pre-ceremony gala Saturday night, however,  friends and people who have worked with her  were reminiscing  her powerful voice and talent and not  the trials of her later career.

In the Grammys,  Houston had been expected to sing, but because of the unexpected event, Jennifer Hudson was making plans to sing in her honor.

“It was a big shock when the news hit,” said Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “We’re definitely going to do something, but in some ways it’s too fresh and too early to do a full-blown tribute.”

Houston’s passing Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills happened  before she was scheduled to appear at an annual pre-Grammy party responsible for introducing  her to the industry decades ago and was set to give recognition to the six-time Grammy winner.

Meanwhile, the  2012 Grammy Awards will be  hosted by LL Cool J, and will  air live TONIGHT at 8 p.m. on CBS.