Grammy Awards start, but overshadowed by Houston

NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Music Writer Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grammys got under way on Sunday, with the Recording Academy trying to focus on music's biggest night after of the death of one of music's biggest names -- Whitney Houston.

Houston died on the eve of the Grammys at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party. Her death cast a huge shadow over the event, and after Bruce Springsteen opened the show, host LL Cool J said: "There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family."

The actor-rapper then said a prayer for Houston as stars like Lady Gaga and Miranda Lambert bowed their heads in silence.

Then, LL Cool J introduced a clip of a glowing Houston singing one of her best-known songs, "I Will Always Love You."

LL Cool J then said: "Whitney, we will always love you."

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Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP's Music Editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi