As news broke Saturday night on the death of music icon Whitney Houston, 48, mourning turned to madness as writers and producers for the GRAMMY Awards scrambled to find the proper way to honor the late singer. With little more than a day to schedule a tribute, they enlisted the help of Jennifer Hudson and close friend Chaka Khan.
Overwhelmed with emotion, Chaka pulled out of the performance leaving Hudson with the sole duty of honoring Houston. She tweeted before Sunday’s show:
“As I grieve the loss of my friend and ‘little sister,’ I don’t feel it appropriate to perform at this time. Continue to pray for the family.”
Singing a heartfelt and powerful rendition of Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Hudson belted out the timeless ballad that brought the audience to their feet.