News Nuggets: Whitney Houston’s death casts a shadow over Grammy weekend

Whitney Houston‘s death came as the industry gathered to celebrate music: “The news of Whitney Houston’s death came a few hours before one of the music industry’s most glamorous rites: Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel … Observations of the cruel irony of the timing of her death shot through Twitter and text messages between music executives, many of whom wondered whether the event would go on as planned. It did go on, but with a mixture of somberness and party-business-as-usual glitz that made for some incongruous scenes.” NEW YORK TIMES

Grammy executive producer Ken Erlich on plans to honor Whitney Houston at the Grammys: “‘It was a big shock when the news hit,’ said a low-key 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’ … Ehrlich added that the fact that the Grammys, which air Sunday, have their first solo host in eight years — the rapper and actor LL Cool J — is ‘both sad and fortuitous, as LL is in a position to talk about her.’ The producer said he had been on the phone with his host several times since the news of Houston’s death broke Saturday evening. ‘He’s trying to see what exactly he’ll say, but I’m glad he’s able to do so,’ said Ehrlich.” USA TODAY

Jennifer Hudson will pay tribute to Whitney Houston with a Grammys performance: “[Grammy executive producer] Ken Ehrlich said that Hudson will be featured in a ‘musical tribute.’ He said it’s too fresh to do more at this time, but they had to note the Grammy-winner’s amazing accomplishments … Houston actually presented Hudson with her first Grammy. Hudson said meeting her idol ‘almost overshadowed getting the Grammy.'” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Remembering six legendary Whitney Houston performances, including her 1994 performance at the Grammys: “Houston brought down the house at the 1994 Grammys with her cover of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ The hit song, made popular by the film ‘The Bodyguard,’ also helped land her three Grammys that same year. She won for best female pop vocal performance for the song, as well as album and record of the year for the film’s soundtrack.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Glee” may turn its Valentine’s Day show into a tribute to Whitney Houston: “‘It’s kind of eerie.’ This is what Matthew Morrison has to say about the passing of  Whitney Houston mere days before Fox will air ‘Glee’s’ big Valentine’s Day episode featuring a rendition of Houston’s seminal version of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ And now, a rep for 20th Century, the studio that produces ‘Glee,’ tells us that episode may turn into a Whitney tribute.” E! ONLINE

Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil and Matt Noble join Jonathan Cook to dish Oscars on Matt’s and Jonathan’s podcast show. SCREEN VERDICT

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