54th Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards 2012: As Houston’s Death Casts Shadow…

On an evening overshadowed by the shocking death of a singer who was once one of pop music’s most radiant young stars, the pop stratosphere’s latest bright light, 23-year-old British R&B-soul singer Adele, was lauded with Grammy Awards for cathartic music she channeled out of her own pain and despair.

Adele delivered the biggest single and album of 2011 with “21,” her sophomore outing that explored various facets of a painful romantic breakup, and she scored the year’s biggest single, “Rolling in the Deep,” in which the singer reaches to the depths of heartache to find solace and hope.

Those qualities ultimately eluded Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at age 48 on the eve of the Grammy show, after struggling for more than two decades with drug abuse and other issues. She died just hours before she had been scheduled to attend the annual pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis, the veteran music executive who had discovered Houston and signed her to her first record contract nearly three decades ago and guided her to superstardom with soaring hits including “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love for You” and “Greatest Love of All.” Read More>>

Source: LA Times