Jennifer Hudson to Headline Whitney Houston Tribute at Tonight's Grammys

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Jennifer Hudson Whitney Houston Tribute GrammysJennifer Hudson will perform a tribute to Whitney Houston at tonight’s Grammy Awards (CBS, 8/7c), the show’s exec producer Ken Erlich announced late Saturday.

Remembered: Relive Some of Whitney Houston’s Memorable TV Performances

“She’s a good friend of the Grammys,” Erlich said in an interview to CBS affiliates. “She’s had some very significant appearances on the show. It felt right to ask her to come and help us honor Whitney, which she will do musically.”

Houston was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The cause of death remains unknown, although police told the AP they had found “no obvious signs of any criminal intent.”

In other Houston tribute news, producers of Glee may turn Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day-themed-episode — which features Amber Riley performing a cover of Houston’s power ballad “I Will Always Love You” — into a full-fledged dedication to the singer. A source tells TVLine that the show’s brass are looking into the possibility of adding an appreciation into the closing credits.

Comments (16)

  • Cece Winans would have been a better pick.
    Oh well. Do her justice J.

    Comment by Livia – February 12, 2012 05:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of course Glee had to get involved…

    Comment by K – February 12, 2012 06:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Because after Dr. Drew’s insight, a dedication from Glee is EXACTLY what this calls for. #UGH

      Comment by Elizabeth – February 12, 2012 06:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Glee was already doing the song Tuesday, adding a dedication in the closing credits is not them getting involved.

        Comment by Anna – February 12, 2012 06:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And if Glee has aired the episode heavily featuring a Whitney Houston hit just three days after her death and NOT acknowledged her passing, people (perhaps even you) would be complaining about how callous they are. There’s no winning.

        Comment by dee – February 12, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man, you people are such lousy animals. Who cares if Glee is now paying heavy tribute. How is that a bad thing? Who cares where the tribute comes from!? In fact, a tribute from any show would be good. Just leave Glee alone you bad commentators and concentrate on the main subject here. Whitney is gone and any show or any person willing to pay tribute deserves kudos.

    Comment by Lincoln – February 12, 2012 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Any show?
      Guys! New plot twist…

      Comment by The Walking Dead – February 12, 2012 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brittana kiss cut for Whitney tribute. The fandom goes ape…

    Comment by Boobgron – February 12, 2012 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yawn. Where’s Mariah?

    Comment by Justin – February 12, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or Celine, or Tina? or somebody more seasoned?

      Comment by Justin – February 12, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actually, the greatest thing that could happen would be a nice soft rendition of her greatest hit by the one whose work of love it is:
    “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” as sung by the great Dolly Parton.

    Comment by GT – February 12, 2012 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This

      Comment by ChrisGa – February 12, 2012 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Perfect!! I’ll be imagining that in my head (though I’ve got nothing against JH).

      Comment by ladyhelix – February 12, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally think they should have had Dolly Parton sing “I’ll Always Love You” She wrote the song and it was her hit originally and then Dolly was thrilled that Whitney Houston made it a mega-hit. Jennifer Hudson is amazing but she does not have the connection of that song with Whitney Houston. Plus no one can sing it like Whitney and Dolly’s would have been her own rendition but also a tribute to Whitney.

      Comment by rob – February 12, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was wondering if Glee ever did an entire episode in the past to honor Ms. Houston. If not, they should consider one. Her songs are just what the show needs and would be a fitting tribute.

    Comment by Myron – February 12, 2012 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really why her wasn’t their anyone better
    And I just how they rember what a wonderful singer she is and her addiction rest in peace Whitney
    And don’t miss a new episode of parks and rec with guest star louie c.k thursday night on NBC!

    Comment by p and r – February 12, 2012 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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