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Jennifer Hudson Will Sing Whitney Houston Tribute At Grammys; Adele Will Just Sing: VIDEO

HudsonJennifer Hudson will sing a tribute to Whitney Houston at tonight's Grammy Awards, FOX News reports:

"She's a good friend of the Grammys," [said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammy Awards]. "She's had some very significant appearances on the show. It felt right to ask to her to come and help us honor Whitney, which she will do musically."

This will be the 30-year-old Hudson's third performance at the Grammys. She received a standing ovation for her moving rendition of "You Pulled Me Through" in 2009, in what was one of her first performances after the murder of her mother and brother. That same year, Houston presented Hudson with her Grammy for Best R&B Album. In 2011, Hudson joined Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams onstage to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.

AdeleAs it happens, Whitney presented Jennifer Hudson with her first Grammy in 2009.

The English writer, singer, and general phenom Adele is widely expected to sweep this evening's Grammys, and until Whitney Houston's death on Saturday the chatter among Grammywatchers mostly consisted of speculation on the state of Adele's voice. She will perform live tonight for the first time since November, when she undewent surgery to correct problems stemming from a vocal hemorrhage. She ought to do fine. Last week she sang the first verse of "Rolling In The Deep" a capella during an interview with Anderson Cooper, and she sounded fantastic. Maybe her timbre's a little darker than before. It'll be a good sound to hear tonight, during a uniquely solemn Grammys. Take a listen AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. I am absolutely sure that is the wrong video as Ron Paul and Adele look and sound nothing alike. I was extremely disappointed to play the video thinking I was going to hear Adele only to hear the crazy old man speaking.

    Posted by: ormedic | Feb 12, 2012 2:44:20 PM

  2. What?! Fixing. Uno momento.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Feb 12, 2012 3:08:49 PM

  3. They couldn't have asked Dolly???
    That's a shame, not a big fan of Jennifer.

    Posted by: marc | Feb 12, 2012 3:26:40 PM

  4. I can't think of a worse choice. Hudson is one of those screamers who can hardly carry a tune. Whitney could sing, had the voice of a generation.

    Posted by: ugh | Feb 12, 2012 4:23:18 PM

  5. To me, a tribute honors the person’s work. I don’t see how that is done when someone else sings the songs for which that singer was known.

    If Whitney Houston had written the songs in question, that would be a performance of her work. If someone else comes out and sings “The Greatest Love of All,” that’s kind of offering a Whitney Houston presentation without any Whitney Houston in it. Imagine if when Rex Harrison died, someone came out and said, “To honor the fine work Mr. Harrison did, I will now play Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.”

    Maybe this is trivial but I hope that when people honor her memory, it’s done by presenting her work, not by proving someone else can sing the same songs well.

    Posted by: Chip | Feb 12, 2012 4:29:14 PM

  6. Well, Chip, it doesn't say in the article that she'll be singing a Whitney Houston song. It seems likely, sure, but there are other ways to pay tribute.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 12, 2012 4:38:08 PM

  7. Whitney's voice was waay better than Hudson's, but I think it's fitting that Hudson sings the tribute.

    Posted by: Elmo | Feb 12, 2012 5:02:21 PM

  8. Dolly's own version of I Will Always Love You would have been perfect so beautifully subtle!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Feb 12, 2012 5:50:41 PM

  9. Thanks for fixing the video Brandon : )

    Posted by: ormedic | Feb 12, 2012 6:57:54 PM

  10. the moment here would have been for chaka kahn to offer elvis's 'i believe' as a tribute to great artists lost addiction. dolly might have offered he (can turn the tide) as a call and response.
    of course this would have been over the heads of those who view musical expression as 'product'.

    Posted by: my2cents | Feb 12, 2012 8:37:42 PM

  11. Adele is the most-overrated singer since your Uncle Fred exited the shower convinced he was the next Caruso. Her's is a pedestrian imitation of others' technique pasted onto a mediocre voice. Anderson describes it as amazingly powerful. He's also heterosexual.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Feb 12, 2012 10:08:58 PM

  12. Whitney loved Jennifer's rendition of it..see it on youtube for yourself! BET awards 2010..see Whitney right in front cheering Jennifer clearly enjoying herself. So having Jennifer perform the tribute was not only a great choice, it was the right one.

    Posted by: Christina | Feb 13, 2012 7:33:01 AM

  13. @Christina you are correct, Whithey Houston loved Jennifer Hudson rendition of the song,in which she talked about it on VH1. Jennifer Hudson was the perfect choice to sing this song and Whitney reported, Jennifer Hudson is the only person to attempt her version of the song.People stop hating on Jennifer Hudson, if Whitney Houston loved it when she was alive,why do you hate it when she is no longer with us.

    Posted by: John J. | Feb 14, 2012 4:59:21 PM

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