To this day, I still think Whitney Houston's rendition of the National Anthem is the very best available. What an enormous talent, destroyed. All at once, I feel sad, angry, and very concerned for her 18-year-old daughter.
I am also mystified at some folks who just don't get it.
At the premier Pre-Grammy party, now broadcast via the net all over the world, Tony Bennett said, "First there was Michael Jackson. Then there was Amy Winehouse. And now, the magnificent Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to commit themselves to get our government to legalize drugs. So they have to get it through a doctor, not just some gangsters that just sell it under the table..."
Amazing that Tony seems to have forgotten that Whitney Houston tossed her life away by abusing legal narcotics. Prescription drugs, obtained from a doctor, not a gangster. Just like Michael Jackson, and Elvis.
Of course, this ethically decrepit declaration came as a prelude to a nationally broadcast event giving center stage and an enormous platform to Chris Brown – the great talent who badly beat up his girlfriend, just after the 2009 Pre-Grammy Bash.
I forget who gave this advice to pop stars and the like, but I believe it.
By and large, entertainers should just "shut up and sing." That's all they are
asked and qualified to do.
Messing up their own lives for all to see is simply not a qualification to ruin the lives of others.