Jennifer Hudson to Headline Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute
Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson is expected to lead the tribute to the late Whitney Houston at Sunday's Grammy ceremony, according to TVGuide.com.
Jennifer Hudson, whose own powerhouse vocals have compared to the late singer, will perform a "respectful musical tribute" during the CBS broadcast, Grammy Executive Producer Ken Erhlich tells the Los Angeles Times
"It's too fresh in everyone's memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn't recognize Whitney's remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and, in particular, her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years," Erhlich says of the six-time winner, who died Saturday at 48.
Hudson said in a New Zealand Herald article that one of the highlights of her career was being presented with a Grammy for Best R&B Album by Houston herself back in 2009.
"Who would present me with my first Grammy, Whitney Houston herself -- that almost overshadowed getting the Grammy," Hudson said.
This will mark Hudson's third performance at the Grammys. In 2009, she received a standing ovation for her rendition of "You Pulled Me Through," in one of her first performances after the murder of her mother and brother, according to TV Guide.
In addition to Hudson’s tribute, other performances slated for tonight include an Etta James tribute by Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt, a duet between Rihanna and Coldplay, a duet between Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood and Adele’s highly anticipated first big performance since her vocal cord surgery.
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars are also expected to perform, among others.