Whitney Houston

Grammys plan a mega-show ... which they may promptly change


Last year's Grammy telecast offered sensational television -- from Adele to the Beach Boys to moving Whitney Houston tributes.

And this year We won't know for sure until it happens, Sunday on CBS. This is a telecast that goes through constant changes, right up to showtime. Here's the story I sent to papers; a separate one will list details:

By MIKE HUGHES

The Grammy awards are coming Sunday,
with the usual stockpile of big-time, big-voice types.

It turns out, they really can sing Whitney


All these years, Randy Jackson has been warning the "American Idol" contestants: Don't even try to do the big three -- Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey or Celine Dion. You'll pale in comparison.

And tonight, we learned he was wrong -- or two-thirds wrong, anyway. The six "Idol" women were ordered to each do a Whitney song; four of them nailed it.

Cable and TV add moreWhitney Houston specials


With Whitney Houston's funeral scheduled for noon Saturday (Feb. 18), TV and cable channels keep adding more coverage.

There have already been documentaries all week, but here's what's still coming:

-- Friday (Feb. 17): "NAACP Image Awards," 8-10 p.m., NBC. A
Houston tribute is being added. That's followed at 10 by a "Dateline" that includes Al Roker interviewing Aretha Franklin about Houston.

Grammy awards: Greatness and excess co-exist


I'll do some sniping in a moment, simply because ... well, because I'm like that. But first, let's make it clear that this was a truly great Grammy awards show.