Nightly News | February 12, 2012
>>> we want to bring in music journalist , author and msnbc contributor toret from the red carpet at tonight's grammy awards in l.a. how has this changed this night and how are people reacting as they arrive?
>> yeah, the grammy, the red carpet , it totally changed the night. this is usually an awards show that is excite and irreverent and it is subdued this year. some air has been taken out of the balloon. everyone wants to talk about whitney houston and share a story about how they were their bedroom is a child, singing to the hair brush, trying to do the runs, trying to open up their voice as big as whitney houston could. and i'm not just talking about the women. i'm talking about guys too, who you may not expect are telling me they loved whitney houston and anybody who wanted to sing would be inspired by whitney houston . but, i mean, this is a major loss in terms of the woman who created the modern sense of the pop diva, the sort of queen of singing, who could be elegant and beautiful and give us a gigantic voice. you don't know how difficult it is to just stand on the stage and sing, with no dancers, no lights show, just give us your voice and she could do that and she opens up the door for all the other women who want to do that, be that mariah carey to adele to even just jessica simpson is talking about i was inspired by whitney houston , everybody who wants to sing owes a debt to her. the greatest voice of her generation. you know, interestingly, whitney houston is aretha franklin 's god daughter . she takes the baton from aretha franklin and gives it forward to the rest.
>> thank you for your insight tonight from the grammys. join us tonight for a special edition of "dateline," remembering whitney, that's at 7:00, 6:00 central here on nbc.