LL Cool J Opens Grammys With Prayer For Whitney Houston

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Sincere prayer on a Hollywood stage? You don't see that every day, but Sunday was not an average day. At the beginning of the 2012 Grammy Awards, host LL Cool J paid tribute to Whitney Houston, who died the previous day at 48.

"There's no way around this," he said, addressing a silent crowd. "We've had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

Watch LL Cool J's prayer for Whitney Houston below:

After the NCIS: Los Angeles star finished, a video of Houston singing her hit "I Will Always Love You" played. "Whitney, we will always love you," he continued.

"And we'll remember you the best way we know how – with a song."

Jennifer Hudson's performance of the song honored Houston later in the telecast.

What did you think of LL's prayerful tribute?

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i feel mr. cool j did a cool job

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You n yur music will b missed!! May god bless n have you in his glory!! AMEN!

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Amen to that. Totally loved the respect given to Whitney and her family. LL definitely showed respect to all.

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LL Cool J What a class act.

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He qualified that prayer by saying (twice), "At least for me -- for me." It was personal and highly appropriate. That was religion done right -- not the hot mess the Niki M. performed!! I guess she can't rely on just talent, like Adele or Jennifer.

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IT WAS VERY APPROPRIATE!!! I WISH WE HAD MORE PPL IN HOLLYWOOD THAT WASN'T AFRAID TO SHOW OR LET THE WORLD KNOW THEIR CHRISTIANS, OR WASN'T ASHAMED OF GOD IN THE PUBLIC EYE. JESUS SAID IF YOUR ASHAMED OF MY FATHER, HE WILL BE ASHAMED OF US......AND THERES NO WAY TO GOD, THE FATHER, AND HEAVEN, EXCEPT THROUGH HIM.
I THINK ON JUDGMENT DAY, THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF TEARS AND EXCUSES AND EXPLANATIONS TRYING TO BE TOLD, IN HOLLYWOOD, AND A FEW OTHER PLACES. NOT JUST ACTORS/ACTRESSES, BUT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS ALSO, AS WELL AS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
I SAY, AMEN, TO L.L. FOR BEING SO BRAVE AND NOT ASHAMED OF GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

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it was a ingrained prayer and showed her death is a big blow and tha lov for whitney hudson.it sad for us