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Monday, February 13, 2012

Whitney Houston Honoured at Grammy Awards and BET Networks



If the shocking news of the death of the famous creator of Soul Train and showbiz impresario Don Cornelius on the first day of February was bad, then the sudden death of Whitney Houston on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards is worse as it has broken the hearts of millions of her fans worldwide. It must have left many of her fellow stars depressed as they gathered at the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, for the biggest musical awards in the world. But as the saying goes, the show must go on and so rap-star LL Cool J hosted the show with a special memorial tribute in honour of Whitney Houston.

"Although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed by her musical spirit," said LL Cool J.

The theatre was shining with galaxy of stars, including Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5,Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Bonnie Raitt, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars among the celebrities making sure the 2012 Grammy Awards was a night to remember.


And the winners are as follows.




Album of the Year: "21," Adele

Record of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

Song of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

New Artist: Bon Iver

Pop Solo Performance: "Someone Like You," Adele

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "Body and Soul," Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Pop Vocal Album: "21," Adele


Alternative Album: "Bon Iver," Bon Iver

Rock Song: "Walk," Foo Fighters

Rock Album: "Wasting Light," Foo Fighters

Rock Performance: "Walk," Foo Fighters

Hard Rock/Metal Performance: "White Limo," Foo Fighters

R&B Album: "F.A.M.E.," Chris Brown

R&B Song: "Fool For You," Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim & Jack Splash

R&B Performance: "Is This Love," Corrine Bailey Rae

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Fool For You," Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona

Rap Album: "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," Kanye West

Rap Performance: "Otis," Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap Song: "All of the Lights," Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "All of the Lights," Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Dance Recording: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," Skrillex

Dance/Electronica Album: "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," Skrillex

Musical Theater Album: "The Book of Mormon," Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone



The following is a news release of the special memorial tribute to Whitney Houston by BET Networks.


Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012).

12 Feb 2012 18:20 Africa/Lagos

BET Networks Celebrates the Memory of Legendary Singer Whitney Houston With a Special Programming Lineup

BET TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON Airs Today, February 12, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.*
BET to Air Whitney Houston's Last Televised Performance from the 2011 CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL Today, February 12, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.*
106 & PARK Pays Tribute to Legendary Singer Whitney Houston with a 3-hour Special Episode on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.*

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BET will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Grammy-award winner and legendary talent Whitney Houston with a special lineup of programming beginning Sunday, February 12 . "We are all simply heartbroken by the sudden passing of Whitney Houston. She was among the greatest artists of our time. She was an icon, trailblazer, international phenomenon—an incomparable talent that will forever be missed. Our prayers and condolences go out to her daughter, mother and her entire family. We will always love her," said Debra L. Lee , Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20070716/BETNETWORKSLOGO )

Starting at 11:30 a.m.* today, BET will air coverage, titled BET TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON, on the passing of the singer, who died at 48, followed by an encore presentation of BET HONORS 2010—where she was honored for her extraordinary achievements in the field of entertainment. At 3:30 p.m.*, BET will air Whitney Houston's last televised performance in an encore presentation of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL 2011. Viewers can also tune in to CENTRIC throughout the day to watch music videos featuring the songstress.

On Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m.*, 106 & PARK will pay tribute to the singer's life and legacy with a 3-hour special episode followed by the 9:00 p.m.* premiere of BET HONORS 2012.

BET Programming Lineup
Sunday, February 12
11:30 a.m.* - BET Tribute to Whitney Houston
1:30 p.m.* - BET HONORS 2010 (encore at 7:30 p.m.*)
3:30 p.m.* - CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL 2011

Monday, February 13
6:00 p.m.* - 3-hour Special Episode of 106 & PARK

For more updates on Whitney Houston , please visit www.bet.com. Viewers can keep up with this developing story on Twitter by following @BET. Additionally, past tributes and performances of Whitney Houston can be seen on BET.com:

http://www.bet.com/video/bethonors/2010/jennifer-hudson-whitney-houston-tribute-2010.html
http://www.bet.com/video/bethonors/2010/kim-burrell-whitney-houston-tribute-20102.html
http://www.bet.com/video/bethonors/2010/whitney-houston-tribute-2010.html
http://www.bet.com/video/bethonors/2010/whitney-houston-2269611.html
http://www.bet.com/video/musicnews/2012/sparkle-whitney-houston-mike-epps-news-brief-s1.html
http://www.bet.com/video/celebrationofgospel/2011/legendary-performance-by-whitn-231962.html

*All times are ET/PT.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

About CENTRIC
Centric is a 24-hour music and entertainment channel that reflects the lifestyle and sophistication of today's African-American and multicultural adult viewer. With a finger on the pulse of an ever-changing beat, its compelling music content fuses Soul, R&B, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Jazz, Old School, New School and everything in between with today's hottest artists. It is a unique mix of music, culture and lifestyle programming that embodies the lives, tastes and aspirations of the CENTRIC viewer: All you. All day. All night.



SOURCE BET Networks

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