Grammy Awards Wrap-Up

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Music's finest--and loudest--pay their respects and celebrate their peers

The 54th Grammy Awards kicked off last Sunday night in L.A., with a host of great performances that spanned from legends like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys and Bruce Springsteen to new generation singers like Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Alicia Keys. And though this year showcased the best performances in years, the mood of the star-studded event was definitively somber, due to the untimely death of music icon Whitney Houston, who was found dead in her Beverly Hilton Hotel room just the night before.

Check out the highs and lows of the awards show.

Black Icon Whitney Houston Dead at 48

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Celebrated singer and icon Whitney Houston is dead at 48. So far, no cause of death has been revealed.

The superstar singer made her mark in the music world, selling over 170 million singles and album worldwide. In total, Houston has released seven albums and three film soundtracks and was set to star in the remake of the cult classic, Sparkle, to be released this summer.

Houston first appeared on the music scene with her acclaimed self-titled album in 1985, selling 25 million records and setting a new precedent in pop music with her remarkable vocal ability. Since then, she has won 30 Billboard Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and two Emmy Awards.

In 1995, she made a dent in Hollywood when she appeared onscreen as Savannah Jackson in Waiting To Exhale, based on Terry McMillan's bestselling book. She also starred in the romance, The Bodyguard, alongside Kevin Costner and the Preacher’s Wife with Courtney Vance.

She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Photo credit: Patrick Demarchelier

Red Tails

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Red Tails is the action-packed story of the Tuskegee Airmen Training Program brought to life. With an all-star cast (Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Method Man, Nate Parker), this film takes you through the unforgettable journey of the African-American pilots who broke barriers and fought segregation to protect their country. Written by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder ( The Boondocks ) and produced by George Lucas ( Star Wars ). In theaters now.


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