Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson has been added to the 2012 Grammy Awards lineup so she could perform a special music tribute to Whitney Houston. Houston died on Saturday at age 48. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Jennifer Hudson will be performing a special music tribute to Whitney Houston during the 2012 Grammy Awards tonight. Grammy organizers have issued a statement noting that Hudson was added to the lineup for the tribute to Houston for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

Reports are that Chaka Khan will also perform a tribute the dead singer. Houston used to sing backup for Chaka Khan before making her debut album Whitney Houston, in 1985.

Houston died on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel at age 48. The cause of the singer's death is unknown at this time but authorities have said they have seen no obvious signs of foul play or cause of death. Houston shared a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, with ex-husband singer Bobby Brown.

A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice, said Neil Portnow, president and chief executive officer of the The Recording Academy.

Houston is a six-time Grammy winner. She won her first Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Saving All My Love For You. Houston won the same award in 1987 for I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).

Then in 1993, the singer won three Grammys: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Record Of The Year for I Will Always Love You; and Album Of The Year for The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack. Houston won another Grammy in 1999 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for It's Not Right But It's Okay.

Hudson is also a Grammy-winning artist. She won her first career Grammy in 2008 for Best R&B Album for Jennifer Hudson.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards happen live today at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast between 8 and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The show also will be supported on radio across the world via Westwood One/Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube.