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To the world she was an icon, but to them she was a friend.

Whitney Houston‘s sudden death last night has left many stunned, most especially R&B stars Brandy and Monica.

The pair, who were being coached by the late singer for their planned performance at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala, instead sat in clear disbelief at the solemn event.

Over the years, Houston took on a mentor role for both ladies. Indeed, she maintained a close bond with Brandy, while helping Monica through the suicide of her boyfriend and in other trying times. The singers will no doubt be leaning on each other during this trying time.

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It’s been a game of hop, skip, and jump for R&B belle Christina Milian in recent years.

Ditched by Def Jam in 2006, the 30 year old moved to the ill-fated MySpace Records, only to leave for The-Dream‘s Radio Killa imprint in 2010; a move which also saw her jump the broom with the hitmaker.

Yet, predictably, that deal spoiled when their marriage did, leaving Milian – once again – without a label.

However, in a testament to her infallible hustle, ‘The Voice’ star has inked a new recording deal. Find out who it’s with after the jump…

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Brit-belter Adele is set to make a spectacular return to the stage tonight at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. So, what better way to usher in her comeback than a glowing feature on the cover of Vogue magazine’s March issue?

The singer, who looks stunning in the shot, has maintained a unshakable presence on the charts while she recovering from the  emergency throat surgery which threatened her career last November.

To date, Adele’s sophomore set ’21’ has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

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As the world mourns the loss of the iconic Whitney Houston, Grammy producers have been making frantic changes to tonight’s show, so as to honor the late, great, superstar.

Hence, in a move we can only commend, vocalist Jennifer Hudson has been drafted in to tribute the singer.

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In somewhat of a surprise move, Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Gala did indeed take place last night following the untimely death of Davis’ protégé, Whitney Houston – just hours prior.

The likes of LA Reid, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, and Diana Ross, were among those in attendance at the industry celebration; one producers insisted should go on – as it’s “what Whitney would have wanted”. A nod, it seems, to the age old Hollywood adage “the show must go on”.

Granted Whitney’s body was still at the very same venue (the Beverly Hilton Hotel), I can’t say it’s a sentiment we share.

Check out pics from what became a very sombre event below…

Images: FayesVision/WENN.com

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The untimely death of Whitney Houston this evening has sent shockwaves the world over.

Read what the late star’s industry contemporaries had to say about the numbingly tragic events below…

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In response to the tragic passing of Whitney Houston, her former collaborator and long time friend Mariah Carey has shared her thoughts on the news via Twitter today.

Her comments below…

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In what can only be described as a major tragedy, Pop icon Whitney Houston has died today.

Updated:

According to USA Today, Houston’s publicist has confirmed her death.

From everyone here at That Grape Juice, we will always love and miss you.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston

1963 – Forever

Rest In Peace

Looks like it was literally a pink friday for ‘Last Friday Night’ singer Katy Perry.  Donning a flowing Alexis Mabille couture dress and Christian Louboutin, the pop eccentric was billed to tribute Sir Paul McCartney at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute (singing Beatles’ hit ‘Hey Jude’) last night. The L.A. Convention Center-hosted bash also guested music stars Corinne Bailey Rae, India Aire, and Alicia Keys who, like Perry, signed on for entertainment duties at the esteemed gala.

The event certainly comes as one of many both Keys and Perry are readying for as both have been confirmed performers at the 54th annual Grammy Awards airing tomorrow night!  Until their highly anticipated showings, get into the ladies below:

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Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts.  Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.

Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.

Our inaugural entry comes as Kimbra Johnson, known simply as Kimbra.  This New Zealand belle, whose funky fusion of jazz, pop, and ska, sees her provide surprisingly refreshing tastes of a multi-genre mashup – a musical casserole if you will.

The 21-year-old’s debut album ‘Vows’ made a splash on New Zealand and Australia charts in the fall of 2011 with its repackaged lead single ‘Settle Down’ (seen below).  Accompanied by singles ‘Cameo Lover’ and ‘Good Intent’, the eclectic chanteuse saw her U.S. fanbase get a major boost after the latter’s inclusion on hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy.

Catch Kimbra on the up-and-up with ‘Settle Down’:

Click here for more on Kimbra!

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Estelle is in a cocky mood.

Indeed, on her latest cut ‘International’ featuring Chris Brown and Trey Songz, the ‘1980’ belle gets all kinds of bragadocious in support of her new album ‘All Of Me‘.

Listen up below…

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After months of anticipation, Melanie Fiona‘s new album ‘,The MF Life‘, will hit stores March 27th, following the release of the well received ‘4 Am‘.

Now peep the LP’s official track list below, along with Fiona’s thoughts on tomorrow night’s Grammy Awards….

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