Only 48 hours before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards was supposed to air live, the institution was given the tragic news that Whitney Houston had passed away. Now a new behind-the-scenes documentary shows how the awards show dealt with the sudden loss of the diva.

The 26-minute documentary, A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On, focuses on the two days before the show’s premiere, from working on rehearsals for Paul McCartney’s Grammy performance to hearing the tragic news that Houston had died and subsequently dealing with the sudden passing of one of The Recording Academy’s most beloved artists. It is even believed that this year’s ratings hike—39.9 million people tuned in, its second largest viewing audience ever—was due to people’s interest in how the institution would honor the late singer.

The film, which is the first to take an in-depth look at the annual broadcast, premieres June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Science in North Hollywood and will be posted on

Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Jennifer Hudson, who sang “I Will Always Love You” in tribute to the late singer, also appear in the documentary.

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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