Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan and a host of musical greats are lined up to pay tribute to fallen star Whitney Houston at the 54th annual Grammy Awards tonight. The legendary singer died Saturday in her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, just hours before she was to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party hosted by Clive Davis, her mentor.
Jennifer Hudson, 30, has been asked to perform in the tribute to Houston tonight. The late superstar presented Hudson with her own Grammy for Best R&B Album in 2009, the same year Hudson’s mother and brother were killed in Chicago.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: Atmosphere at the Apollo Theatre on the streets of Manhattan on February 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Chaka Khan will also perform in the tribute to Whitney Houston. Houston began her career singing backup for Khan.
The news of Houston’s death came as a shock to the entire Grammy family, especially to Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich. He learned of her death during rehearsals for the 54th Grammys in L.A. Saturday afternoon.
As music industry leaders begin arriving at the Staples Center in L.A. this afternoon, Houston’s decades-long musical career is the main topic, her sad passing is at the heart of all conversations.
The Grammy website has posted a video tribute to Whitney Houston chronicling her many achievements in the Recording Academy.
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