“There’s no way around it,” the LL Cool J told the crowd.
“Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us. Today our thoughts are with her mother, her daughter and all of her loved ones. And although she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit, and to have the legacy of her music to cherish and share forever. Amen.”
He then introduced a clip of one of six-time Grammy winner Houston’s big moments at the 1993 awards show: performing “I Will Always Love You.”