This Week In Entertainment: Whitney Houston, Adele, BAFTAS, Grammys, And 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'

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The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 17/02/2012 12:26 Updated: 17/02/2012 12:39

The week began with the shocking news that Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices of our time, had died.

As the world began to come to terms with her sudden death, tributes poured in from those who knew and admired the I Will Always Love You singer.

From Beyonce, who called Houston the "ultimate woman", to Jennifer Hudson, who bravely sang an emotional tribute to her idol at the Grammys - just hours after hearing of Houston's death at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The musical legend's funeral will be live-streamed to the world from the New Hope Baptist Church in her birth town of Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, and soul stars Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder her cousin Dionne Warwick and Alicia Keys are all lined up to sing.

Houston's death undeniably overshadowed the Grammy Awards, which took place the following evening on Sunday night, but that didn't mean there weren't celebrations to be had.

Adele made a sensational comeback to the stage, with her powerful performance of Rolling In The Deep. The down-to-earth Londoner received a standing ovation from her peers in the audience, including Sir Paul McCartney.

The Brit star then went on to scoop six Grammys at the ceremony, which had the difficult task of celebrating music's best while mourning the loss of one of their greatest. Becoming emotional herself as she accepted her sixth award of the night for Album of the Year - sobbing, Adele remarked, "I just first of all wanna say, 'Mum, girl did good!'"

Also making her comeback performance at the Awards was Katy Perry, who hadn't sung live since her marriage break-up from funnyman Russell Brand in December. Taking what seemed like a thinly-veiled pop at her ex, she changed the lyrics of her new song Part of Me, from: "You can keep the dog/I never liked him anyway," to: "You can keep the diamond ring/it don't mean nothing anyway."

Other stand-out performances from the music industry's biggest night of the year included Rihanna's pumped-up rendition of We Found Love, during which she writhed around on the crowd until the Calvin Harris-produced track came in, and Sir Paul McCartney's performance of new romantic standard My Valentine from his new album Kisses on the Bottom, which also recieved a standing ovation. McCartney went on to close the show with a rocking, guitar-heavy hits medley that featured Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen.

Back on this side of the pond, the acting world's finest were busy celebrating at the BAFTA Awards. Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Brad Pitt both made it over to the ceremony held at London's Royal Albert Hall, but it was French star Jean Dujardin who left with a gong as silent film The Artist continued its sweep of Awards season.

Meryl Streep also struck gold with her standout performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and provided a comic moment at the Awards as ever-the-gentleman Colin Firth was forced to rescue her lost shoe when she took to the stage.

And finally, on the box, Channel 4's observational documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding returned for a second series, once again becoming a hotly-debated topic of conversation as some viewers laughed at what was depicted on air but others were shocked and angered.

It wasn't just what was shown in the programme - such as a young Traveller woman claiming, while lying on a sun bed: "At the end of the day, if I get cancer I get cancer" - the show's adverts, which promise the series will be "bigger, fatter, gypsier", have also now been accused of racism.

However, despite all that happened this week, from the glitz and glam of awards on both sides of the Atlantic to controversial TV shows, this week will go down in history as the one when the world lost the incredible combination of beauty and talent that was Whitney Houston. Take a look back at her life in pictures below:

Whitney's life in pictures:

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    Singers Whitney Houston (L) and Dionne Warwick perform onstage during the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons, with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011. The event, on the eve of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY, honored Geffen Records founder and DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen who was presented with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Clive Davis And The Recording Academy's 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen - Inside

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Whitney Houston attends the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)

  • Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage

    Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage during the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons, with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011. The event, on the eve of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY, honored Geffen Records founder and DreamWorks SKG co-founder David Geffen who was presented with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Whitney Houston waves to the crowd at the 36th Ann

    NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Whitney Houston waves to the crowd at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards in New York 01 March 1994 after she was honored for Record of the Year, 'I'll Always Love You,' and Album of the Year, the soundtrack from the film 'The Bodyguard.' At rear is her producer David Foster, who shared the honors with her. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 1994 WORLD CUP FINAL

    17 JUL 1994 : WHITNEY HOUSTON SINGS DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE WORLD CUP BEFORE THE ITALY V BRAZIL 1994 WORLD CUP FINAL AT THE ROSE BOWL STADIUM IN PASADENA CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORT

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    (FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson (2R) gathers with Elizabeth Taylor (L), Liza Minnelli (2L) and Whitney Houston (R) at the United Nego College Fund dinner at a New York hotel March 10, 1988 in New York. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Mark CARDWELL (Photo credit should read MARK CARDWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2/27/98 Los Angeles, CA. Whitney Houston at the 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. She recieved th

    2/27/98 Los Angeles, CA. Whitney Houston at the 12th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. She recieved the Quincy Jones Award for 'Outstanding Career Achievement' in the field of entertainment.

  • 1999 VH1 Divas Live

    Whitney Houston performs during the VH1 DIVAS LIVE '99 at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Tuesday, April 13. Other performers include Brandy, Tina Turner, and Cher, with a special performance by Elton John. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

  • Singers Mariah Carey (L) and Whitney Houston perfo

    LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Singers Mariah Carey (L) and Whitney Houston perform 'When You Believe' during the 71st Academy Awards 21 March 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 42nd Annual Grammy Awards - Pressroom

    Whitney Houston at the 2000 Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA on Febuary 23, 2000 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

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    LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: (FILES): This 23 February 2000 file photo shows US pop diva Whitney Houston performing at the 42d Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Houston has checked into a drug rehabilitation clinic, her publicist said 16 March 2004, providing a new twist in her long battle with drug addiction. Houston, 40, has 'chosen to enter a facility for rehabilitation,' her publicist said in a terse statement that provided no further details of the type or location of the treatment, but which contained a message for her fans. 'She thanks everyone for their support and prayers,' the statement said. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Clive Davis And The Recording Academy's 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen - Inside

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Whitney Houston attends the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy)

  • Whitney Houston In Concert

    BERLIN - MAY 12: US-American singer Whitney Houston performs live during a concert at the O2 World on May 12, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the 2010 Nothing But Love tour to promote the album I Look To You. (Photo by Jakubaszek/Getty Images)

  • Whitney Houston Performs In Milan

    MILAN, ITALY - MAY 03: Whitney Houston performs at Mediolanum Forum on May 3, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

  • 2010 BET Honors - Show

    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 16: Whitney Houston accepts the BET Honor for entertainment during the 2010 BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

  • 17th Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Producer Clive Davis (L) and singer Whitney Houston arrive at the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

  • 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis - Show

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Singer Whitney Houston performs at the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoring Clive Davis at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • World Music Awards 2004 - Show

    LAS VEGAS, NV ? SEPTEMBER 15: Singer Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • US singer Whitney Houston attends in a w

    US singer Whitney Houston attends in a welcoming ceremony as a guest of honor for the polygamous Black Hebrew sect 30 May 2003 in the southern Israeli town of Dimona. Houston is in Israel for a week to make a recording with the sect. AFP PHOTO/Tal COHEN ISRAEL OUT (Photo credit should read TAL COHEN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Whitney Houston

    DECATUR, GA - AUGUST 27: Singer Whitney Houston leaves the DeKalb County Courthouse after a probation violation hearing for her husband, singer Bobby Brown on August 27, 2003 in Decatur, Georgia. Brown was sentenced to 14 days in jail followed by 60 days of house arrest for violating conditions of his probation, stemming from 1996 DUI charges. (Photo by Frank Mullen/Getty Images)

  • VH1 Divas Duets Post Concert Party

    LAS VEGAS - MAY 22: Actresses (L-R) Tia and Tamara Mowry with singer Whitney Houston attend the VH1 Divas Duets post concert party to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Singer Whitney Houston Visits Israel

    JERUSALEM - MAY 27: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (R) welcomes singer Whitney Houston (L) and her husband/singer, Bobby Brown (C), at the prime minister's residence May 27, 2003 in Jerusalem, Israel. Houston is on a private tour of Israel. (Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum/Getty Images)

  • Bobby Brown Appears In Court

    DECATUR, GA - NOVEMBER 25: Singer/actress Whitney Houston (L) smiles at her husband, singer Bobby Brown, during a court hearing November 25, 2002 in Dekalb County State Court in Decatur, Georgia. Brown was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for a DUI arrest in 1996. Judge Wayne Purdom set a trial of January 21, 2003. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images)

  • Michael Jackson Concert - Day 1

    Whitney Houston performing on the Michael Jackson '30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years' concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, Friday, Sept. 7, 2001. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

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