I really enjoyed the Oscars this year...mostly because Billy Crystal is a phenomenal host! It's his ninth time doing it, and he most definitely wins for the lifetime achievement of Best Oscar Host Ever!
Watch the opening film portion for the 84th Oscar Awards. It only got better from here...
Indeed, my favorite line from his opening monologue was, "Nothing takes the sting out of a recession like watching millionaires present each other with gold statues." It's funny because it's true!!
Thanks Billy for making the Oscars shine! In honor of you're great work, I'm awarding you with your very own Oscar from me!!
He's hard to give up...but you, Billy, deserve him more than I do this time!
For many years, Whitney's #1 Hit "I Will Always Love You" has been one of my favorite songs to sing. So I will sing it in tribute to her now, just like Jennifer Hudson did at the Grammy Awards and Mercedes did on GLEE (except I'm a white girl singing in my home). Whitney Houston made all of us want to sing. We miss her...
Click Play to listen to me sing this fabulous song to you while you read below about beloved Whitney's life.
As we all know by now, Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel room last Saturday, the day before the 54th Grammy Awards. Her death saddened the nation, and brought us back to the time when she was in the height of her career; when she was America's pop sweetheart. It was a time when we couldn't get enough of her songs, when only Whitney could have preformed that amazing rendition of our national anthem at the 1991 Superbowl to inspire a nation at war in the Persian Gulf. One of Television's Greatest Moments, bringing solders and families together through song.
Only 48 when she left this world, Whitney lived more than most people (even the Stars) in her short life. Because her death came right before the night we honor all those in the music industry the Grammy's became both a celebration of this year's musical accomplishments and a celebration of Whitney Houston's life. As it should be, Whitney received a memorial celebration to match her iconic status; honoring the the influence her style and music had, not only on the music industry, but on all of us. Whitney changed the face of pop music for women. Her talent, both as an actress and singer, was an inspiration to everyone.
When talking about Whitney Houston, the struggles she had in her tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown, and her addiction to crack cocaine cannot go unmentioned. Still, even though she lost some of her vocal range through her years drug abuse, Whitney came back to sing again. How many people are able to do that?
Making her first public appearance after years of being out of the spotlight on Oprah in September 2009 for a tell all interview and to sing again, Whitney made a smashing comeback. Her last album "I Look To You" debuted at No.1 on several charts across the world. With 304,801 units sold within the first week of its release in the US, this was Whitney's biggest first week sales of her career, and the best selling album in its first week by any female artist in 2009.
Whitney Houston's funeral will be held at noon on Saturday February 18, 2012, in the church where she first sang as a child. Her family will remember her in a small private service at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, which seats somewhere between 300 and 1,500 people, depending on what you read. They have no plans nor wishes for a public memorial service. We will each honor her passing in our own way...hopefully with a song.
It's that time of year again! Valentine's Day! Love is in the air, and everyone is thinking about something romantic to do. Well, I have an idea...
It's the most romantic way of sharing your love. I'll never forget when I had my first mind-blowing kiss from a man who made my knees weak and my heart beat faster. No, it wasn't my first kiss ever; an awkward smushing of mouths together by an inexperienced teen. I'm talking about that magic kiss that changes your heart and makes the world a more beautiful place - romantic right?
You know what I'm talking about!
So, for Valentine's I have to honor that amazing kiss; the one changes us from the inside out, or is it the outside in? At anyrate, it changes us forever. I give special kisses to all of you who know that kind of romance and celebrate it!
May you enjoy your Valentine's Day! Kiss those you love and remember those you have always wanted to kiss again.
P.S. Red's Kissing Game will premier soon right here on Red's World. Yes, I make Games!