Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan to Perform Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan to Perform Tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammys

The singers will commemorate Houston on music's biggest night, this Sunday.

Published February 12, 2012

Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Whitney Houston at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Entertainment Tonight reports. Houston died on Saturday at the age of 48.

Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich tells the Los Angeles Times event organizers believed Hudson could perform a "respectful musical tribute" to Houston.

"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," Ehrlich told the newspaper.

Khan tweeted her condolences after learning of Houston's death, "I'm speechless...I'm in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family."

Hudson and Khan both had a deep personal connection to Whitney. Hudson has often spoken of the deceased singer's influence on her own vocal style, while Houston covered Khan's classic hit "I'm Every Woman" for the Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992.

Though Hudson and Khan's performances are the only ones confirmed at the moment, music's biggest night of the year is sure to become an impromptu tribute by many artists to one of its brightest stars. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pop" or "the Voice," Houston is a six-time Grammy winner and the most awarded female act of all time, though her career was overshadowed in the later years with her rumored drug use.

Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 P.M. on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, where she was a guest and was scheduled to perform at her mentor and longtime friend Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammys party. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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