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dateline: 14 February 2012

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54th Grammys Dedicated To Whitney Houston

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Grammys: The Grammy Awards; annual US awards in the recording industry
  • dedicate: to do something in honour of a person (often a deceased person)
  • icon: a person who symbolizes something larger
  • tribute: a demonstration of respect or admiration for someone
  • sweep up: to take easily

54th Grammys Dedicated To Whitney Houston

Organisers of the Grammy Awards scrambled through the weekend to dedicate the 54th show to the Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old American icon was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room a day before the awards show. LL Cool J began the awards night with a for Houston, saying that there had been a death in the Grammy family. Houston had won and performed at the Grammys numerous times in the past, and is considered by many to be the greatest female of all time. With only 24 hours to prepare, Jennifer Hudson fought back tears as she sang a tribute version of “I Will Always Love You”. English singer Adele swept up six awards, best song for “Rolling In The Deep” and best album for “21”.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why did Grammy organisers have to scramble at the last minute?
  2. Why does the report mention Jennifer Hudson?
  3. Whose big night was overshadowed by the sad news?

Discussion Question: Why is it significant that Whitney Houston died right before the Grammy Awards?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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