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Whitney Houston's death: Fans ponder Grammys tribute

February 12, 2012 |  6:34 pm

Even after the Grammys began Sunday, a throng of people continued to wait in the cold behind yellow tape outside Staples Center in hopes of catching a glimpse of a pop star or celebrity.

Joey Jennings of Florence, South Carolina, had been wandering around the area since 1 p.m.  He said he's followed Whitney Houston since he was teenager.

"I always wanted to see her in concert," said Jennings, 41. "There was something about her voice that captivated me."

Jennings captured the scene outside Staples Center, men and women dressed in their finest suits and dresses with a video camera and his phone.

Indira Gonzalez, 24, tried to fend off the chill with a hot coffee. She spotted Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift while waiting behind the yellow tape and made sure to post her photos on Facebook and Twitter.

Gonzalez used to watch Houston's movie "The Bodyguard" with her grandmother growing up and called the timing of the Grammys in the wake of Houston's death "awkward."

"It's supposed to be a celebration, but it just happened yesterday,"she said.

Others preferred to sit and watch the action.

Mike Pierick sat on the patio of a nearby restaurant with his wife, waiting for their son and daughter who were attending the Grammys.  Only a few feet away, a fence separated the couple from the festivities.

Pierick, from Charlotte, North Carolina, said Houston brings back college memories. He said Houston had a "tremendous voice."

He said he didn't think a tribute to Houston would weigh down the ceremony.

"I think they got that out of the way in the beginning," he said.


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