Last year's death of singer Whitney Houston will be the subject of a special airing on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 (9 p.m. ET/PT), according to a Jan. 31, 2013 press release from CBS Television Network. This year, on the eve of the 2013 Grammy® Awards, CBS and The Recording Academy present "The Grammys will Go On: A Death in the Family. Grammy Awards to include performances by nominees
Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the day before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The death of the six-time Grammy Award winner called for last minute changes in the production of the event. Changes included LL COOL J's opening prayer and Jennifer Hudson's announced performance of "I Will Always Love You," in memory of Houston. There was also a last minute decision to close the show with Paul McCartney's medley with an all-star lineup. Prayers for Whitney, love for Adele at Grammys
According to CBS Television Network, the special features never-before-seen rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes interviews with various music artists. The special will include personal accounts of the hours leading up to the Grammys, by LL COOL J, Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Joe Walsh and Clive Davis. In addition, there will be insights from the Grammy production team, executive producer Ken Ehrlich, director Louis J. Horvitz, producer Terry Lickona, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® Neil Portnow, talent producer Chantel Sausedo and writer David Wild provide their perspectives.
“In an ordinary year, The Grammys is a really tough show to produce; it's live and things happen behind-the-scenes at the last minute that you never expect,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Executive Vice President Specials, Music and Live Events in the press release. “But every year the people behind this show find ways to make eleventh-hour creative adjustments resulting in memorable moments that you only see on the Grammys. This special is a very entertaining peek behind the curtain at the extra-extraordinary circumstances of last year, and how some of the biggest stars in the musical world came together for a television broadcast that will be remembered for many years to come.”
"The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family" was produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC, CBS and The Recording Academy®. Ken Ehrlich and Susan Zirinsky are executive producers.