The biggest devil is me. I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.Whitney Houston • Speaking to Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with ABC’s Primetime Live, a highly-rated interview where she notably said the phrase “Crack is wack,” taken from a Keith Haring mural painted in 1986. The interview put Houston’s personal problems on display in front of a wide audience. You can watch the interview here. (follow this tag for more info as we get it)
LA County Coroner: Whitney Houstons death has not been reported to our office. #BREAKINGNEWS— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) February 12, 2012
@AlanDukeCNN reports Whitney was found dead by friend Ray J Norwood at Beverly Hilton Hotel, site of tonight’s Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party.— Bryan Monroe (@BryanMonroeCNN) February 12, 2012
Two things we’re hearing: One, the death hasn’t been reported to the L.A. coroner’s office, and two, it happened before a Grammys party hosted by Clive Davis, her longtime mentor. She apparently was found as she was supposedly getting ready for the party, which we’re hearing has now been cancelled.
And yes, Ray J Norwood, is that Ray J, the one who is Brandy’s brother. EDIT: CNN’s reporting was inaccurate; it was her bodyguard who found her. (follow the tag for more info as we get it)
First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.Bobby Brown • Coming out on stage with New Edition in Southaven, Miss. Saturday night, a short time after finding out about the death of his ex-wife, Whitney Houston. He performed despite the difficult situation. In other news, Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan (the latter of whom had her song “I’m Every Woman” famously covered by Houston) will perform a tribute to the late singer at tomorrow night’s Grammy awards. (more)
On k.d. lang: ”Next to Judy Garland, she’s the best singer I’ve ever heard,” he says, tearing up with emotion. “She gives me goose bumps when I hear her sing.”
On Ella Fitzgerald: “She made as many records as Crosby and Sinatra and they’re all beautiful. They’re all in top shape … [s]he’s the best singer I ever heard … absolutely.”
Tony Bennett is way too quick to give out praise.