Is there a pre-Grammy curse? – Houston is not the only singer to pass away so tragically right around the Grammys. Karen Carpenter, who with her brother Richard performed as the Grammy-winning pop duo The Carpenters, died on February 4, 1983. The cause of death was heart failure related to her battle with anorexia. She was 32.
Is there a pre-Grammy curse? – Stevie Wonder, seen performing here in 2004, was arrested during an anti-apartheid protest at the South African Embassy in Washington, a few days before the Grammys in 1985.