At the awards ceremony last year, rapper LL COOL J. addressed the audience: “There is no way around this. We`ve had a death in our family…”
He was talking about the death of 48-year-old Whitney Houston. Houston died February 11 in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the day before the music industry gathered for the annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Below is a list of notable musician deaths since the 54th Grammy awards.
Fontella Bass, soul and gospel singer. She died of a heart attack at age 72 on Dec. 26, 2012.
Donald Byrd, jazz trumpeter. Died at age 80, on Feb. 4, 2013.
Robin Gibb, original lead singer of the Bee Gees. He died at age 62 of colorectal cancer on May 20 2012.
Levon Helm, singer and drummer with The Band. He died at age 71 of throat cancer on April 1 2012.
Michael Hossack, Doobie Brothers drummer. He died at age 71, of cancer, on March 12 2012.
Davy Jones, lead of The Monkees. He died at age 66, of a heart attack, on Feb. 29 2012.
Jenni Rivera, pop music singer and reality television star. Died at age 43, in a plane crash on Dec. 9 2012.
Earl Scruggs, famous banjo player. Died at age 88, of natural causes, on March 28 2012.
Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player. His daughter is singer Norah Jones. He died at age 92, of respiratory and heart problems, on Dec. 11, 2012.
Donna Summer, disco queen. She died at age 63, of cancer, on May 17, 2012.
Paul Tanner, trombonist with Glenn Miller Orchestra. Died at age 95, of complications from pneumonia, on February 4, 2013.
Joe Thompson, fiddler. He died at age 93, of pneumonia, on Feb. 20, 2012.
Doc Watson, a folk-music icon. He died at age 89, of complications from a fall, on May 29, 2012.
Adam “MCA” Yauch, one of the three Beastie Boys. He died at age 47, from salivary gland cancer, on May 4, 2012.
The 55th Grammy Award ceremony will be on CBS 6 at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.