Whitney Houston's sudden death on Saturday didn't give time to prepare a tribute her legacy demanded, but Jennifer Hudson's elegant and simple performance of I will always love you at the Grammys struck the perfect note.
Standing in a silhouette below a projected image of Houston, Hudson delivered an emotional performance of Houston's biggest hit. Hudson and her majestic voice have often been compared to Houston. She is obviously a different singer, different diva, but she's the closest thing we have now to Whitney, L.L Cool J told the Washington Post on the red carpet at the Grammys.
The audience watched the performance in silence, until prompted into a standing ovation by Hudson's ad-lib of Whitney, we love you.
Houston's body was found in a bathtub in a fifth-floor suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday. The cause of her death is unclear and could be for weeks.Coroner's officials have said they will not release the results of the singer's autopsy at the request of police detectives who are investigating Houston's death.
There were no indications of foul play, but rumors surrounding her death signal to the possibility of an overdose of prescription drugs.
Houston ruled over the charts for more than a decade with 170 million albums sold, according to CNN. She won many awards, including Emmys, Grammys and Billboard music awards. In 1992, Houston married R &B star Bobby Brown, when rumors of drug abuse started to surface.
In 2002, the singer admitted to taking recreational drugs while denying the use of Crack. Until 2011, she battled with drug and alcohol abuse before checking herself into an outpatient program. While Houston's addiction overshadowed her musical career over the years, her sudden death on Saturday gave her a comeback, with fans remembering her unforgettable musical legacy.
Here are 5 Celebrity Whitney Houston Tributes:
Jennifer Hudson: I have nothing
Kate Perry: I wanna Dance with Somebody
Christina Aguilera: Run to you
Keri Hilson: I have nothing
Amber Riley: I will always love you