The 54th annual Grammy Awards were largely darkened by the sudden death of Whitney Houston, aged 48, on 11 February.
The ceremony, held on 12 February, was punctuated with tributes to the late musical icon, starting with a prayer for Houston from host LL Cool J.
"There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family," he said, adding: "The only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman who we loved, for our fallen sister."
The audience then watched a clip of Houston singing one of her greatest hits, I Will Always Love You, and gave her a standing ovation.
Later in the show, singer Jennifer Hudson — who was presented with a Grammy by Houston in 2009 — performed her own rendition of the same song, which was a smash hit from Houston's film The Bodyguard.
"Whitney, we love you," she sang, as she closed her performance.
Watch Jennifer Hudson's tribute below: