Host LL Cool J asked the star-studded crowd at the 54th Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles to join him in a prayer for legendary singer Whitney Houston, who died Saturday.
"There's no way around it," the rapper told the crowd, which included Adele, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and others. "We've had a death in our family," he said. "For me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we love, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."LL opened the prayer by thanking God for “sharing our sister Whitney with us,” and added, “although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit and to have her lasting legacy of music to cherish and share forever. Amen.”
Following LL Cool J's prayer, the emcee introduced a video of Houston bringing singing her signature song “I Will Always Love You” at a previous Grammys show.
The crowd rose to their feet out of respect, as LL Cool J said, “Whitney, we will always love you.”
Later in the show, Grammy-award winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson also honored the late Houston with her own soaring rendition of 'I Will Always Love You.'
Watch a video of LL Cool J's prayer for Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammys below: