Contact Us

Jennifer Hudson Recalls Emotional Breakdown Before Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute

Jennifer Hudson
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

The untimely death of Whitney Houston on Feb. 11 stunned the music community and the entire world. After hearing the tragic news, grief-stricken producers of the 54th annual Grammy Awards had the daunting task of creating a special tribute for the late pop icon in less than 24 hours.

In the new documentary, ‘A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On,’ Grammy Awards executive-producer Ken Ehrlich recalls the last-minute changes to the show after the sudden passing of Whitney Houston. The movie can be viewed in its entirety on

In one segment, Jennifer Hudson recalls her emotional breakdown while singing Houston’s timeless classic ‘I Will Always Love You’ during Grammy rehearsals.

“We rehearsed the song one time. And then the second time around, Ken came over and said, ‘It’s not a performance. You’re singing to Whitney,’” she recalls (via ETOnline). “And I knew exactly what he meant. So the second time around singing it, I could not get through the song.”

The documentary also included interviews with Grammy host LL Cool J, who gracefully open the show with a spiritual prayer, which the producers believe was a pivotal moment on national television.

Of course, Hudson gave a somber yet memorable performance of ‘I Will Always Love You.’ It was a respectful tribute that will forever be remembered in Grammy folklore.

Rest in peace, Whitney Houston. We will always love you.

Watch the Grammy Documentary

Watch Jennifer Hudson Discuss Her Onstage Breakdown Over Whitney Houston’s Death

Best of Mix 94.1

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for MIX VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive MIX VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.