Beyonce releases an official statement sharing her thoughts on the loss of one of music’s greatest legends, Whitney Houston. On her website the singer writes,
“The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her.
I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control.
So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us.
The 2012 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air tonight and we can’t help but make a few predictions on which artists will walk away with an award. Here are our picks for who’ll win in the more noteworthy categories.
Record of The Year Adele: “Rolling In The Deep”
Bon Iver: “Holocene”
Bruno Mars: “Grenade”
Mumford & Sons: “The Cave”
Katy Perry: “Firework”
Album of The Year Adele: ’21′
Foo Fighters: ‘Wasting Light’
Lady Gaga: ‘Born This Way’
Bruno Mars: ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’
Song of The Year
Kanye West: “All of The Light”
Mumford & Sons: “The Cave”
Bruno Mars: “Grenade
Bon Iver: “Holocene” Adele: “Rolling In The Deep”
Best New Artist
The Band Perry
J. Cole Nicki Minaj
The world was left stunned Saturday afternoon when news broke that the talented Whitney Houston has passed away at 48. However, not much detail was initially released as to just what led to the singer’s death.
TMZ has learned, Whitney’s lifeless body was found in the bath tub of her Beverly Hilton 4th floor hotel room in Beverly Hills. The same hotel where the annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy award party was set to take place. It’s now believed, Whitney may have passed from drowning in her tub following a dose of prescription medication.
According to a source, her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. They became worried when Whitney had been in the bathroom for over an hour and it was time to start getting ready for the Clive Davis party. They began to knock on the door but there was no answer. The hairdresser, a female, then went in to check on Whitney. She immediately screamed and one of the bodyguards came running in and pulled her out of the tub.
The sources also add that Whitney’s face was below the water and her legs were up … like she had slid down the back of the tub.
Hotel security was called into the room who then called 911. When paramedics arrived, shortly there after, around 3:43pm they began to perform CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55pm (6:55).
Now we’ve gotten word that Whitney’s only child, daughter, Bobbi Kristina was rushed to LA’s Cedears-Sinai Hospital. She was rushed from the same hotel her mother was pronounced dead. It appears to be her second trip with the last 24 hours.
Global Grind caught up with many celebs as they walked down the red carpet to attend Clive Davis‘ annual Pre-Grammy party. Many shared their thoughts on Whitney Houston‘s untimely death and what she meant to them.
To commemorate the life and untimely death of Whitney Houston I’ve put together a video collection of some of her greatest hits. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it’s sad we pay homage to the greats only once they’ve passed. We often forget the magnitude of their talents and contribution to the entertainment world only when it’s too late.
My fondest memory of Whitney was during a ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearance, promoting her 1996 film ‘The Preacher’s Wife’, in true Whitney fashion, she brought the house down. I don’t know if she knew how much she meant to the music world and how much of an impact she had on many people’s lives, including mine. It was because of Whitney that I fell in love with music. We were all rooting for her to remain strong and get back to who she was. And that voice!!! No one or nothing can be compared to her legacy. We love you!
In wake of Whitney Houston‘s death, many celebs and friends immediately took to social media, Twitter, to express their sadness, disbelief, grief and well wishes to Houston’s family.
Mariah Carey tweeted, “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.”
Aretha Franklin, Whitney’s godmother Aretha Franklin, wrote “I just can’t talk about it now. It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.”
Alicia Keys, “I feel sick…. Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let’s love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!”
Singer Rihanna tweeted, “No words! Just tears #DearWhitney. I honestly can’t think of anything else!!! Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!”
In some shocking news this evening, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.
The Associated Press reports, the singer has died but, at the moment, no one is able to confirm just how so. The news was confirmed by Houston’s publicist Kristen Foster. She was found, by her bodyguard, in her Beverly Hilton hotel room in Beverly Hills at approximately 3:55pm (6:55pm ET).
Houston was set to appear at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. Davis, the man responsible for discovering the singer as a teen and her longtime mentor or friend. For a short while, Davis contemplated cancelling the party to hold a gathering of close family and friends to remember the late singer but have since resumed the event. She leaves behind daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 18, with ex-husband and singer Bobby Brown.
Houston has been plagued with a faltering music career and substance abuse and drug addiction for nearly two decades. Although stated in a 2009 interview that she kicked her habit, it’s believe, she may have still struggled to stay sober.
It’s almost eerie to think one of the best vocalist of our time has died on the eve of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Truly devastating.
The first photos of Jay Z and Beyonce‘s one month old daughter Blue Ivy Carter were released last night when proud aunt Solange Knowles shared a Tumblr weblink introducing Blue to the world.
Solange wrote, “THE PROUDEST AUNT IN THE WORLD….OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD! #HelloBlue :))) helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com“
Wow, isn’t she just gorgeous!!!
Upon entering the site, Beyonce writes a personal message introducing her daughter to the world.
“We welcome you to share in our joy.
Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives.
- The Carter Family
You also find some more photos of, perhaps, the most famous baby in the world.
Madonna spoke for the first time on her reaction to fellow artist M.I.A giving the middle finger during her Super Bowl halftime show.
During her Friday morning interview with Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS-FM radio show, she says, “I didn’t know about it until I left. I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it,” she said. She found out in the elevator on the way out of the venue.
“I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s one of the those things, it’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.”
In the new sneek peak for VH1′s hit reality show, ‘Basketball Wives: Miami’ season 4, former BFF’s Evelyn and Jennifer‘s feud reaches an all time high during a group dinner bringing all the ladies together. Although the premiere have yet to air, they’re already at each others throats. But, it’s still unclear just what happened with these two to cause the rift. My guess, jealousy and envy.
Surprisingly Tami seems to have calm down a bit, staying out of Ev and Jen’s dispute but she sure didn’t pass up the opportunity to intimidate the new girl.
Two newcomers Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell join the ladies and all their shenanigans but only time will tell to reveal what roles, if any, they’ll play in all the drama.
And, it seems, Royce and Suzi will be on the sidelines doing all the observing instead of being Evelyn and Jen’s punching bags.
So much for those Chris Brown and Rihanna reconciliation rumors. A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Brown should stay under supervised probation.
For weeks, its been rumored that the former couple were on the road to reconcile their past relationship. Although, the relationship ended abruptly when Brown assaulted Rihanna in early 2009 the two have since let go of the past and even sparked a friendship, according to a Brown rep.
According to the LA Times, on Thursday, nearly three years to the day after Chris Brown was charged with assaulting Rihanna, leaving her bloodied, bruised and unable to perform at the Grammys, a judge has decided that Brown should continue serving his five-year probation sentence.