Jennifer Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys (Video)
Many were shocked to the death of Whitney Houston just before the Grammy Awards. In memory to one of the greatest female artists of all time, the 2012 Grammy Awards paid a short tribute to Whitney Houston on Sunday, February 12, 2012, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with Jennifer Hudson singing “I Will Always Love You“.
As aired at CBS on Sunday night, the 2012 Grammy Awards winners were announced, with event host LL Cool J offering up a prayer before the show formally started; and Adele, Foo Fighters, and Kanye West won the most awards.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson belted her own version of “I Will Always Love You“, Dolly Parton‘s song which was covered by Whitney Houston, who was found dead on Saturday inside her room at the at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at 3:55 p.m. (LA time).
As reported earlier, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich announced that he invited Jennifer Hudson to perform at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, which was a last minute change to honor the six-time Grammy Award winner, since the show was about 24 hours away.
In an interview with Access Hollywood on Monday, Parton said that “I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney.”
Parton originally wrote “I Will Always Love You” in June 1973 for her mentor and partner Porter Wagoner. She was able to hit the number one spot with the song twice in the Billboard country charts.
Jennifer Hudson, 30, who won as American Idol Season 3 finalist in 2004, won a Grammy Award via her self-titled 2008 debut album, which was presented to her by Whitney Houston, whom she claims as among her inspirations.
Whitney Houston’s lead single “I Will Always Love You” became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period.
Below is Jennifer Hudson’s performance singing “I Will Always Love You” in memory of Whitney Houston:
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