"The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family" will explore the last-minute scramble to rearrange the awards ceremony following Whitney Houston's death
Whitney Houston, who died the day before the 2012 Grammys, will be remembered with a one-hour special on CBS the night before this year's awards ceremony.
"The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family" will explore the frantic hours leading up to last year's Grammys, following "How Will I Know" singer Houston's death at age 48 in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel. It will detail how producers and artists scrambled to make last-minute changes to the show in light of Houston's death.
The special, airing at 9 p.m. on Feb. 9, will include accounts from producer and Houston mentor Clive Davis, as well as Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson (who sang Houston's signature song "I Will Always Love You" at the awards show), Bruce Springsteen, L.L. Cool J — who hosted the ceremony — and Katy Perry, among others. The special will also include previously unseen rehearsal footage.
"The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, CBS, and The Recording Academy, with Ken Ehrlich and Susan Zirinsky executive producing.
Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her hotel suite by a member of her personal staff. A coroner's report later determined that the singer, who struggled with substance abuse in much of her life, had cocaine in her system, which, along with heart disease, contributed to her death.