A Death In The Family Reveals How The GRAMMY Show Went On

New documentary provides an intimate glimpse of how the 54th GRAMMY Awards addressed the challenges due to the untimely death of Whitney Houston
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    LL Cool J
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    Bruce Springsteen
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    Adele
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    Jennifer Hudson
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    Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Rusty Anderson, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Brian Ray
June 11, 2012 -- 10:40 pm PDT
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Going behind the scenes at the GRAMMY Awards is a fascinating subject in any year, but for this year's 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, it's particularly compelling.

Music fans are able to get an intimate glimpse of the fascinating story of the 54th GRAMMY Awards through the lens of A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On. The short documentary features interviews with GRAMMY-winning artists Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Walsh and includes never-before-seen rehearsal footage.

With the death of Whitney Houston 24 hours before the 54th GRAMMY telecast, the show needed to address many changes. From host LL Cool J's opening prayer and Hudson's unannounced performance of Houston's GRAMMY-winning classic "I Will Always Love You" to Paul McCartney's all-star lineup and the last-minute decision to end the show with the closing medley from the Beatles' historic album Abbey Road — these changes demonstrate what the annual GRAMMY Awards does best: deliver a critically acclaimed live telecast despite unexpected circumstances and challenges

A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On was premiered at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif., on June 11. A panel discussion featured LL Cool J, Grohl, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and GRAMMY telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich, director Louis J. Horvitz, co-producer Terry Lickona, talent producer Chantel Sausedo, and writer David Wild.

The documentary is expected to be housed and screened at the GRAMMY Museum.