The majority of people who were tuned into the Grammy’s last night simply wanted to see how the award’s show would honor the life of legacy of Whitney Houston who passed away just a day before. Shortly after news broke of the singer’s death, Jennifer Hudson was confirmed to be at least one of the artists who would pay tribute to the singer, and there were also rumors circulating that Chaka Khan would perform her hit “I’m Every Woman,” which Whitney took to a new level when she remade the song in 1993.
But during the ceremony, Chaka Khan sent out a tweet letting followers know she’d pulled out of the performance, writing:
”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.”
Still, the show went on, and after much anticipation, Jennifer Hudson humbly took the stage in attire reminiscent of the iconic singer but with an air of reverence as she sang one of Whitney’s biggest hits, “I will always love you.” The pressure on her was enormous and while many on my Twitter timeline felt the tribute was unexpectedly short, I think the show did just enough to pay respect without running the risk of ruining classics that no one in our generation has the voice to touch anyway.
In case you missed it, check out the clip of J Hud’s tribute below. How do you think she did? Should more have been done to honor Whitney at the Grammy’s?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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