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Jennifer Hudson Honors Whitney Houston With a Moving Tribute of ‘I Will Always Love You’

Jennifer Hudson was one of the stars most visibly affected by Whitney Houston’s death. Though even under the weight of sadness, the ‘Dreamgirls’ star stepped out onto the Grammy stage following an ‘In Memorium’ montage to pay tribute to her idol with a performance of ‘I Will Always Love You.’

It most certainly wasn’t without trial. A source revealed to Us Weekly that Hudson shed tears multiple times while attempting to rehearse the song, made famous by ‘The Bodyguard.’

“It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time,” said Grammy executive producer Ken Erlich, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general.”

Houston was the one to present Hudson with her first ever Grammy Award. To Hudson, meeting her idol “almost overshadowed getting the Grammy.” She’s even admitted to creating “duets with her” as a means of singing with her.

Watch Whitney Houston present Jennifer Hudson her first Grammy Award.

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