Honoring an Icon: Jennifer Hudson Pays Homage to Whitney Houston

Honoring an Icon: Jennifer Hudson Pays Homage to Whitney Houston

Jennifer Hudson honored Whitney Houston’s life with an amazing tribute at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Hudson took the stage at last night’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards to sing an a cappella version of Whitney Houston’s hit I Will Always Love You. A lone spotlight beamed down on the Grammy and Academy Award winning American Idol alum after the artists and music industry executives who have passed away in the last year were paid their respects in a video montage. Thunderous applause rang through the audience before the room went dark and Hudson’s first clear, strong notes rang out.

She sang what could be considered Whitney Houston’s most famous hit, written by Dolly Parton for the soundtrack of The Bodyguard. Hudson’s rendition of the song was above and beyond perfect, as if she was channeling the recently deceased singer herself. Her version was an exact replica of Houston’s own performance at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards twenty years ago. Throughout the song, Hudson appeared to be blinking back tears, and when she finished, she finally caved in to her overwhelming emotion. The audience went wild.

Honoring an Icon: Jennifer Hudson Pays Homage to Whitney Houston

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