LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston will be remembered with a tribute by Jennifer Hudson tonight at the Grammy Awards, a day after she was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel.
The 48-year-old singer was pronounced dead just hours before she was expected to attend a pre-Grammy gala. Beverly Hills police say "there were no obvious signs of any criminal intent."
The coroner's office says an autopsy will be performed.
Houston had been at rehearsals for the Grammy show on Thursday, coaching singers Brandy and Monica, according to someone who was there but wasn't authorized to speak publicly about it. The person said Houston looked disheveled, was sweating profusely and liquor and cigarettes could be smelled on her breath.
Houston was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone. Her 1992 hit "I Will Always Love You" won her Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal.
But with her success came drug use, erratic behavior and a rocky marriage to singer Bobby Brown that ended in 2007. All of it took a toll on her once-stunning voice, leaving it sounding frayed and hoarse in recent years.
069-a-11-(Lieutenant Mark Rosen, Beverly Hills Police Department, at news conference)-"attempting resuscitation measures"-Police Lieutenant Mark Rosen says help was on the scene quickly for Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (12 Feb 2012)
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077-c-22-(Alicia Quarles, AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor)-"self-destructive side"-AP Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Alicia Quarles reports Whitney Houston had reached the pinnacle in the entertainment world. (12 Feb 2012)
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061-r-47-(Archive audio of Whitney Houston, performing "I Will Always Love You")--Archive audio of Whitney Houston, performing "I Will Always Love You." (Whitney Houston has died at age 48) (12 Feb 2012)
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075-c-14-(Alicia Quarles, AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor)-"gone too soon"-AP Entertainment and Lifestyles Alicia Quarles reports the death of Whitney Houston is casting a pall over a big weekend in entertainment. (12 Feb 2012)
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051-w-31-(Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor, with music)--Whitney Houston was in Los Angeles for a musical event, and some says she didn't look well a few days before her death. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has the story. ((opens with music)) (12 Feb 2012)
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052-w-33-(Michael Weinfeld, AP Entertainment Editor, with Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy and India Arie (ah-REE'), singer)--Whitney Houston is being remembered as one of a kind. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld has more. (12 Feb 2012)
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APPHOTO NY127: FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, singer Whitney Houston performs on "Good Morning America" in New York's Central Park. Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) (1 Sep 2009)
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