The world lost an awe-inspiringly talented woman when Whitney Houston passed away on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February 2012. Not afforded much time to respectfully put together a fitting tribute, the Grammy producers scrambled to put together a piece for the ceremony’s live airing. They did the best they could with Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson’s performances, but the chance to cook up truly stellar tribute came back around when the Grammy committee hosted “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston” that aired this past Friday on CBS (Nov. 16).
Filmed in October 2012, Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater was packed with those ready to celebrate Houston’s life and talent. Her mentor Clive Davis, daughter Bobbi-Kristina and boyfriend Nick Gordon, and brother Gary and his wife Pat Houston were all present in the audience.
Jennifer Hudson had the crowd up and on their feet when she opened the show dressed like Whitney circa 1986 and belted a medley of Houston’s dance hits “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Usher sounded better than ever during his rendition of “I Believe in You and Me” from The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack. Gospel powerhouses CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams dueted on “Count on Me,” and holding her own as a powerhouse in her own right, Celine Dion came out of seclusion to pay homage by singing “The Greatest Love of All.”
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