CBS to air special on Houston’s death and Grammys

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Dated February 23, 2000 files photo shows US singer Whitney Houston holding her Grammy award for Best Female Rythm and Blues Vocal Performance for “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay” at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Grammy-winning pop legend and actress Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday in a Beverly Hills hotel, police said. She was 48, her publicist confirmed. AFP FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES — CBS says it will air a behind-the-scenes look at how Whitney Houston’s death affected the 2012 Grammy Awards.

The hour-long special, titled “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family,” is scheduled for Feb. 9, the eve of this year’s music awards.

Last year, Grammy producers learned of Houston’s death less than 24 hours before the ceremony. The CBS program recounts the scramble to pay tribute to the pop star and revamp the show.

The special includes interviews with LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and other artists.

The 48-year-old Houston was found drowned last February in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub. Coroner’s officials ruled her death accidental, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing factors.

The Feb. 10 Grammys will air on CBS.

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