A Death In The Family Documents Emmy-Nominated GRAMMY Telecast

Documentary provides an intimate glimpse into how the 54th GRAMMY Awards addressed the challenges due to the untimely death of Whitney Houston
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    Bruce Springsteen
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    Jennifer Hudson
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    LL Cool J
July 26, 2012 -- 11:51 am PDT

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards recently received six Emmy Award nominations, the most ever in one year for a GRAMMY telecast, in recognition of outstanding production and directing excellence. Viewers can obtain an intimate glimpse of the fascinating story behind the Emmy-nominated telecast through the lens of A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On.

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 Jennifer 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. The documentary features interviews with GRAMMY-winning artists Dave Grohl, Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Walsh and includes never-before-seen rehearsal footage.

A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On premiered at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif., in June and was followed by a panel discussion featuring 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.

Including this year's GRAMMY nominations, the GRAMMY Awards have been nominated 31 times for production excellence, and a total of 33 times overall. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sept. 23.

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