Grammy organisers plan to mark the first anniversary of the sudden death of Whitney Houston with a behind-the-scenes TV show on how they scrambled to honour the singer just 24 hours after she died.
The Recording Academy said on Thursday that the hour-long special entitled The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family will air on 9 February, the day before the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Houston, who sold hundreds of millions of records and scored the mega hits I Will Always Love You and I Wanna Dance with Somebody, drowned in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel room on 11 February 2012 – the eve of last year’s Grammy Awards show.
Hours before and after Houston’s death
Houston’s unexpected death at age 48 cast a shadow over the event, which quickly changed its programme to pay homage to the soaring voice that had dominated the Grammys in decades past.
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson performed a medley of Houston’s hits at last year’s Grammys, and rapper and host LL Cool J opened the show with a prayer.
The TV special on broadcaster CBS features rehearsals and interviews with artists – including Hudson, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift – and the show’s producers in the hours before and after Houston’s death.
The Recording Academy produces the annual Grammy awards.