Producers of the 54th annual Grammy Awards are scrambling to make changes to the show to include a tribute to Whitney Houston, whose shocking death came just a day before the big show.
One name is already on board for the tribute: Jennifer Hudson.
“We will do something appropriate tomorrow. Nothing more appropriate than Jennifer Hudson singing on our stage in remembrance of Whitney Houston,” president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, confirmed.
Grammy Awards producer Ken Erhlich added, “Whitney was a multi-Grammy winner, she appeared on the show a number of times. We’re very saddened, and we don’t want to rush into anything that wouldn’t be respectful. I’ve asked Jennifer Hudson to come, and we’re really at this moment talking about what she’s going to do.”
Erhlich said it’s “too early” for a “full-blown tribute,” but “knowing Whitney like I did, she was a great artist and a great performer, and she knew the importance of thrilling an audience, and that’s what we plan to do.”
The moment will indeed be a surreal one for Hudson. She was presented with her first ever Grammy for Best R&B Album by Houston, who she would often refer to as one of her inspirations, in 2009.