As the music industry celebrates its finest artists this Sunday with the Grammy Awards, it also mourns the loss of the one of its greats, Whitney Houston, who passed away last year. At will.i.am's annual benefit concert, Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown and other friends of the late singer shared their remembrances.
Brown, who was performing at the star-studded benefit concert that is held annually to help raise awareness and funds for charitable causes, first spoke about coming out and supporting will.i.am and his i.am.angel Foundation.
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"Will is such a great guy and everything he's doing for i.am.angel is just spectacular," he said. "It's just something I want to be part of. I'm here to be a performer and...lend my talents to what he's doing."
When asked about how he and his family were doing a year after his ex-wife's passing, Brown replied, "Wonderful, thank you. Thank you for asking."
Amongst the group of performers and attendees were some of Houston's friends and those who had rubbed elbows with her in the music business. Rapper MC Hammer recalled where he was when he heard the unsettling news.
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"I was actually at home," Hammer said. "She was a personal friend, so it was devastating to say the least. Rest in peace. They'll never be another Whitney Houston. God bless her soul."
Will.i.am, who was excited to raise more funds for his passionate push for improved STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) education, took a somber moment to remember Houston.
"I was preparing for this," he recounted of February 11 of last year, the day she passed. "We were rehearsing. She was a dear friend. We recorded together. She met my mom; I met her family. We grew to be friends, so I will miss her."