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Whitney Houston: Toxicology results could take weeks to obtain

Whitney Houston‘s life of glorious song and unnerving self-destruction apparently ended in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Grammy weekend, but it could be weeks before investigators know exactly why she died.

Coroner’s officials say they will not release any information on an autopsy performed Sunday at the request of police detectives investigating the singer’s death. Houston was found in the bathtub of her room, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter declined to say anything more about the room’s condition or any evidence investigators recovered.

There were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston’s body, but officials were not ruling out any causes of death until they have toxicology results, which will likely take weeks to obtain. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said that his agency may release more details Monday about Houston’s death, but it will depend on whether detectives feel comfortable releasing any information. READ FULL STORY

Backstage at the Grammys: Winners Adele, Bon Iver, Lady Antebellum, and more talk awards, Houston's legacy

About an hour after the Grammys were over, it was still unclear whether Adele was going to come backstage and talk to reporters, but suddenly the unmistakable a cappella strains of “Rolling in the Deep” came floating down the hall outside the press room and the woman of the hour appeared.

When asked how being silenced by throat surgery affected her this year, Adele was open and honest. “It’s been really, really peaceful. I’ve never been happier. I found great happiness when I was ill.” And as for that ex-boyfriend? “I think he’d be very happy for me.” Winning all six categories she was nominated in, Adele was humble but not modest. “I’m very, very proud of myself. It’s incredible.” READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson performs 'I Will Always Love You' in stirring Whitney Houston tribute at the Grammys

When the news broke that pop legend Whitney Houston had passed away on Saturday, the producers of the Grammy Awards were suddenly put in an almost untenable position. They absolutely had to pay tribute to the late icon, but there was nowhere near enough time to put together the sort of salute that Houston’s legacy demands.

Ultimately, they came up with a simple and elegant solution, sending out Jennifer Hudson to take the stage (video below) for a run through “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that Houston made into a worldwide smash on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Clearly moved by the enormity of her charge, Hudson nevertheless used her amazing instrument to bob and weave with impressive execution, turning in a performance that Houston herself would have been proud of.

Following an In Memoriam montage that saw tips of the hat to late icons like Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons, and Phoebe Snow, Hudson appeared bathed in light to start “I Will Always Love You” a cappella. Later joined by nothing more than a piano, Hudson’s huge voice was up to the enormous task of taking on one of the biggest songs in the entire balladeer songbook.

Though she skipped the huge note at the end of the song that became a calling card for Houston, she did ad lib “Whitney, we love you” as she closed out her performance. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston's autopsy results on security hold, coroner's office confirms singer found in bathtub

UPDATE: Los Angeles Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirmed to People that Houston’s body was found in her bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton and that “there were no visible signs of trauma on the body.” No other details are being released at this time.

EARLIER: An autopsy on Whitney Houston was indeed performed one day following her death Saturday, but don’t expect any information to be released on the results today: The Beverly Hills Police Department confirms to EW that they are not disclosing any information about Houston’s cause of death at this time. According to the Associated Press, neither are coroner officials, who have been asked by detectives to place a security hold on the results. Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen told the Associated Press that the public might learn information about Houston’s death on Monday, pending detective permission.

Houston passed away Saturday of undisclosed causes in Beverly Hills, Calif., shortly before she was scheduled to appear at Clive Davis’ Grammys party; The ceremony will be celebrating Houston’s life and legacy via a performance from Jennifer Hudson.

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Whitney Houston: EW's Ultimate Playlist

We have compiled the 25 most important, Grammy-lauded, platinum-selling, and just plain heartbreaking songs from the late pop legend. All of the videos are included here; you can also visit EW on YouTube to watch the full playlist. 

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Whitney Houston: Investigators searching for answers

Investigators worked Sunday to piece together what killed Whitney Houston as the music industry’s biggest names prepared for a Grammy Awards show that will be undoubtedly feel as much like a memorial as a celebration.

Houston’s body arrived at a Los Angeles morgue early Sunday, hours after the 48-year-old had been found dead in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing for a pre-Grammy gala. Officials did not say when an autopsy would occur, but any cause of death determination will likely be delayed while they await toxicology results.

Meanwhile, paramedics say they took Houston’s daughter to a Los Angeles hospital Sunday morning for unspecified medical reasons. The Beverly Hills Fire Department says Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken from the Beverly Hills Hilton around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. An email message sent to a representative of her father, singer Bobby Brown, was not immediately returned.

Sunday’s Grammys were to feature a musical tribute to Houston by Jennifer Hudson, and the show is likely to feature remembrances of Houston from fellow musicians on the red carpet and during the live telecast.

Houston herself won six Grammys and had been expected to perform at the pre-awards gala Saturday night thrown by music impresario Clive Davis, her longtime mentor. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston's isolated vocal track on 'How Will I Know': A true once-in-a-generation voice

It should go without saying that Whitney Houston had a once-in-a-generation voice, the kind of soaring, peerless pipes that somehow made the highest, piercing notes sound effortlessly sung. But sometimes a reminder of such things is still helpful. Within hours of the news of Houston’s death hitting the Internet, a recording of her isolated vocal track on her number one charting hit “How Will I Know” went viral after comedian and radio host Jake Fogelnest posted it to his blog on Tumblr. Check out the recording below, and try not to get goosebumps:  READ FULL STORY

Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston speak out about Whitney Houston's death

“I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife, Whitney Houston,” Houston’s ex-husband, R&B star Bobby Brown, said in a statement to People magazine following news of her death on Saturday.

“At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter, Bobbi Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed towards my family and I at this most difficult time.”

Brown performed with his band New Edition in Mississippi last night, where he commemorated Houston on stage: “First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” Brown told the audience. “Second, I would like to say, ‘I love you Whitney.’ The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage.”

Houston’s mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, also issued a statement in light of the tragic death of her daughter. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends.”

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Newark chuch where Whitney Houston got her start mourns late singer

Congregants at the Newark church where Whitney Houston got her start came together Sunday to mourn her sudden death.

Houston, 48, died Saturday at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel, authorities said. The cause wasn’t known, her publicist said.

The pop star began singing at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark as a child. And while parishioners had fond memories of her many performances there over the years, they said her and her family’s longtime membership and service to the church is what they will never forget.

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Whitney Houston: 'I Will Always Love You,' other hits catapult to top of music charts

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Whitney Houston might have passed away Saturday, but it’s clear her fans will always love the legendary singer. Not surprisingly, news of her death catapulted some of her greatest hits to the top of the music charts today. On iTunes, Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is currently the No. 1 download, while “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is finding a place in the top 10. Some of Houston’s other hits are rising up the charts — among the top-selling 100 singles on iTunes today are the singer’s “One Moment in Time,” “How Will I Know,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “I Have Nothing,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Saving All My Love For You,” “I Look to You,” “Greatest Love of All,” “Run to You,” “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” “You Give Good Love,” “My Love is Your Love.” (And, undoubtedly, you can only expect more Houston songs to find their way into the top 100.)

Houston is also more than present on the Amazon charts — Her Greatest Hits album is No. 1 on Amazon, while her Ultimate Collection and The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album round out the top three. In total, Houston’s albums occupy eight of the top 10 finishers on Amazon.

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