With the death of Whitney Houston just hours earlier, it's hard to focus on the matter of crowning the best in recorded music - but Sunday night's Grammy Awards are going to try.
Music's biggest night was rocked on the eve of the event with news that the 48-year-old pop legend was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing to attend a pre-Grammy party.
Speculation over this year's Grammy favorites seemed secondary in the wake of her death. Still, the show will go on, with a musical tribute to Houston by one of her biggest fans, Jennifer Hudson.
Meanwhile, several Houston fans in the Tri-State are dealing with her loss.
"I loved her," said Tracy Burton. "The big hair and she would do her videos. And then she did 'Bodyguard' . That was my favorite."
"I loved Whitney Houston. She was one of the greatest singers in the world. It's a shame," said fan David Cox.
Local music icon Bootsy Collins, in Symmes Township for a charity fundraiser Sunday night, remembered Houston as a young artist he met in New York when she was putting together her first album.
"She took music and made it colorless. It was universal. You know, everybody fell in love with Whitney and can identify with her music, with her voice," said Collins.
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