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Jennifer Hudson's Emotional Tribute To Whitney Houston At The Grammys

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There really are no words that can do this justice, so we'll just let the performance speak for itself.

Please watch Jennifer Hudson performing the Whitney Houston classic I Will Always Love You, in honor of the recently deceased singer, at the 54th Grammy Awards (above).

May she R.I.P.

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60 comments to “Jennifer Hudson's Emotional Tribute To Whitney Houston At The Grammys”

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    Underwhelming, indeed. She was nowhere near Whitney and it felt rather empty. Blah.

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    yeah this wasn't nearly as good as whitney was.

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    It looks like she's gaining some weight back. All these tributes are just to self serve the artist who wants the publicity and have their single to sell on Itunes & other music avenues.

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    I know she was emotional but it still wasn't that good. She does not have the same power in her voice as Whitney and could not do it justice. Mariah Carey should have done it; she is the only other singer that comes close in vocal ability to Whitney.

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    Absolutely horrible. I couldn't make it past about 20 seconds. Knowone can sing that song like Whitney could. I'm going to have to find my copy of the bodyguard so I can watch it in her memory.

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    the point of the tribute was to not over power Whitney's version it was just about showing love and appreciation for Whitney. Also, It would have been tough for Jennifer Hudson to do the whole song because she was so emotional, even during resersals Jennifer couldn't sing the song in one go because she kept crying.

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    I can't stand Jennifer and her manly voice. She lost weight and all the sudden everyone cares about her like it's some miracle. Btw why she picked this song?! It's not even Whitney's original! I know her version is famous but she is not the person who wrote it, Dolly Parton did! Any singer can sing a song written by someone else, the art is in the creation of the song and Dolly gets all the credit for that…

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    To the comments before me, I dont think you understand the performance by Jennifer. It was a tribute to her, an honor. Jennifer wasn't there to prove she is a better singer or even sing it like Whitney because no one can and every one knows that.

  10. 10

    Meh… but then again, no one can live up to Whitney. I'm just glad Jennifer didn't act like Xtina and try to take attention away from the song by showing off. But it could have had more umpf….

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    Mariah Carey would have been my 1st choice for this particular song.

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    The point of the tribute isn't to show love and respect. It's for singers like JHUD to have her performance talked about all week. Interviews, Grammy performance on iTunes, and people calling her the next Whitney. These celebs don't give a duck about anyone but themselves.

  14. 14

    Thank God it was short.

  15. 15

    Where was chaka khan?
    Jennifer Hudson - never heard her sing before but I thought she did a lovely job.

  16. 16

    Anyone else would have broken down attempting to sing a Whitney song at this time…she did that song divine justice - Jennifer is indeed a true professional - she is one who knows the pain of loss all too well….overall one of the best Grammy's in years!

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    You are right @ mr or ms Gossipgoblin, these other goons seem to be missing the point entirely and would like to take any chance they can to get a dig in on some one. Of course there was only one Whitney. There is only one Jessica Simpson too, thank GOD. This performance is a tribute, sung with emotion, heartfelt, raw and so fresh it proably hasn't even set in to her head that she was just with this woman the day before among other celebrities, probably seeing her in passing not even knowing what was to come. Imagine how it would feel to be singing a song for a dead woman a day later.

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    Do you previous commentors not even realize that song isn't even Whitney's? It is Dolly Parton's. So your vile little comments about how she was horrible are unneeded. This was a tribute, not a competition. Its so stupid how you still can't even stop comparing artists vocal ability even in tributes. l0l sad.
    I feel she did a good enough of a job, given that she had less than 24hours to be informed and prepared given the circumstances. Though I do think that Mariah Carey shared a closer relationship with her, it would have been more fitting to attempt to secure her to perform instead.

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    Every hater post on this board can go F&#@ themselves. That was an outstanding tribute performance. She has an amazing voice, and Mariah couldn't touch Whitney on her best day.

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    Mariah Carey would gladly give up one of "Dem Babies" to be able to sing like Whitney. No one come close to Whitney, but Jennifer did a good job!

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    Jennifer Hudson is not Whitney. What was she thinking?? Disrespectful to attempt to sing Whitney's signature song. Too soon way too soon.

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    I always found Mariah Carey's voice too shreaky and high pitched. Jennifer Hudson's voice sounds more like a gospel voice, the tradition Whitney came from. It has much more soul and depth to it than Mariah's. It's not just about hitting high notes people.

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    Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job considering she had less than 24 hours to comprehend the death of Houston who was not only the Queen of Pop but a friend and idol of Hudson. The tribute was perfect in that it was simple but powerful and emotional.

  24. ONIT says – reply to this


    This wasn't about being better than Whitney, replacing Whitney or living up to Whitney. This was simply an emotional effort to honor Whitney. It's a shame you haters find a way to disrespect a woman that died too soon. You should be ashamed of yourselves but then again, you aren't ashamed of anything. You even take away the honor a deceased woman should receive by pushing yourselves in the fore. Whitney doesn't deserve this. She deserves better. R.I.P.Whitney!

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    she had what? 5 hours to learn the song?

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    fyi.. whitney wasn't a song writer dinks. She only sang though she did write on a cece duet

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    At the the time of Whitney Houstons death even she could not sing that song anywhere near the original version before she damaged her voice so stop being so hateful to a beautiful tribute to someone she obviously looked up to in her youth. I'm sure Whitney was smiling.

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    thank goodness she doesn't sing like xtina. hate when divas are so full of it they dont think they need to know words just shriek

  29. 29

    Beautiful and touching! R.I.P. Whitney Houston

  30. 30

    It was just ok. I am not a fan of Jennifer Hudson's voice. It's too Southern Church sounding for me.

  31. 31

    I thought it was absolutely beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.

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    I thought she did a beautiful job.

  33. 33

    Whitney Houston's relatives would have had input into who would sing, although that was surely the least of their worries. Jennifer Hudson looked beautiful, sang flawlessly but not identically to WH, and dressed respectfully. The Houston family must have been so touched.

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    I did not enjoy. Hudson's performance at all. I think she is highly overrated. She always sounds too 'gospel' like and way over the top emoting and gestures. She was at a disadvantage in that no one can sing this song, Whitney will always own it. Even composer Dollt Parton cannot sing this song.

    Hudson looks like she has put on some weight. I hope she doesn't blow her remarkable achievement. There goes her diet endorsement, and her diva attitude.

  35. 35

    Did she mangled the song?
    Where was the part "and I'm wishing you joy and happiness…" before the segued to "And I will always love you"?
    Not a big fan of Jennifer H, anyways.

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    I don't think Jennifer Hudson was trying to compete against Whitney. We all know there was only one person that could sing that song so stop complaining. Jennifer only had a few hours to practice the song and it's been a day since Whitney's passing so of course she was emotional. Give the girl a break!

  37. 37

    I didn't like it, even if there wasn't Whitney's version to compare it with. What's up with the unnecessary inflections? However, as with all presents, it's the thought that counts. RIP Whitney.

  38. 38

    Hmm, I stayed up to see a moving tribute by Jen Hudson and Chaka Khan, so this half-assed howling was rather disappointing. "Emotional" is not an adjective I would use to describe this performance.

  39. 39

    Re: pradagirl7 – What do you mean "a few hours to practice the song" ? Every singer knows this song without having to practice it. This song was certainly sung in innumerable showers over the last two days.

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    She did a great job. Was she as good as Whitney, of course not, no one is. Plus she had less than a day to do this. Great job Jennifer.

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    Re: Gay Republican – Exactly. Jennifer's voice & performance were (as always) just *meh*.

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    Re: Jackay00 – Hardly. Everyone's known the words to that song since 1992. Jennifer's voice, while it has power, just isn't enjoyable to listen to.

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    horrible horrible horrible.. she should stick to selling weight loss programs

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    Jennifer looks chunky.

  47. 47

    I'm not a Jennifer Hudson fan, by any means, but I thought that she did a wonderful job. I do think, though, that someone like Mariah Carey may have been a better choice, especially since she has worked with Whitney Houston in the past. Her tribute was no better - or worse - that the Alicia Keys/Bonnie Raitt tribute to Etta James.

    But more so than either of those performances, I was hung up on the fact that both Etta James and Don Cornelius were absent from the "In Memoriam" montage.

  48. 48

    I Will Always Love You is not a Whitney song! It is a Dolly Parton Song! I wish people would remember that!

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    Jennifer is amazing. Not only is she still grieving for her family, as well as for Whitney, but she was able to pull this off with less than a day notice. I cry when I just hear a sad song and she was able to perform it live in front of millions of people even after all the trouble she had in rehearsals. Love you JHud!

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    She def couldn't hit Whitney's high notes which is why I'm guessing she left off the big high note towards the end of the song. But she did do a low key version of it well. Overall it was good.

  51. 51

    Jennifer Hudson has no range in her voice. All she does is yell/scream and when she tries to pull back it's either useless runs or this low voiced no emotion crap AWFUL

  52. 52

    YOu guys sound like idiots. The woman is singing a tribute to a fallen star and you feeble mindled buttholes are talking about her? WTF? Get a life…rent one..shit do something.

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    She sucks. She needs a damn VOCAL COACH. She doesn't have the CONTROL, range, melisma or the vocal acrobatics ability.Her over all tone isn't pretty either. Plus she doesn't have the perosnality. I have TRIED to like her, but she sucks.

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    Re: Jackay00 – LEARN THE SONG???? WTF, if you lived in the US and had access to a radio you KNOW that song. Plus, she claims that Whintey was her idol and inspiration so she should KNOW the song if that is true.

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    If the song was a tribute to Whitney then it was not a good one at all.

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    This was a tribute to Whitney, not an attempt to sing it as well as she can. It was a shortened song and meant to just to honor Whitney not prove she can hit those notes, because she can hit those notes. It's on youtube and she is singing it with Whitney standing in front of her (BET Honors).

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    Frankly, I don't know how she held it together given the circumstances. She barely had time to rehearse and it's like, the saddest song ever.

  59. 59

    did her ass expand again

    this is lovely little disjointed not the same as whitney sang it was more flowing with whitney

    rip whitney love u xx

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    shes cute i like jhud and she seems like she really is emotional i dont like how shes changed it a bit should of been the same as it was