Grammy documentary to focus on Whitney Houston's death
A behind-the-scenes documentary about the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will show how producers handled the sudden death of pop star Whitney Houston.
Billboard reports that the 26-minute film, entitled A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On, is the first film the Recording Academy has created and will cover the 48 hours leading up to the show with Paul McCartney's rehearsals, the news of Houston's death on February 11 and the aftermath. It also contains interviews with Jennifer Hudson (pictured above), Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh.
Nearly 40 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast, making it the second-most watched in Grammy history.
"There was greater interest than normal because of the circumstances, but an awful lot of people want to know about the process," Ken Ehrlich, the show's executive producer, said in an interview with the magazine. "We never said, 'let's look back.' It was incredible how much stuff we didn't have because there was little footage other than rehearsals. But we had some B-roll and we lucked out that film crew was following Paul McCartney."
The film will premiere on June 11 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood.