Grammy 2012 Whitney Houston tribute: Was Jennifer Hudson's song enough?
Initially, Chaka Khan was set to join Hudson in singing for Whitney, but she pulled out after deciding that singing "I'm Every Woman" wasn't appropriate so close to Whitney's passing. Instead, Hudson took the stage alone.
She performed a somber but soaring rendition of "I Will Always Love You" beneath a still frame shot of Houston in her brightest days. The performance had no fanfare and Hudson wore a simple black dress. She did a wonderful job and we have no criticism. We loved her change to the lyrics at the end, as she sang, "Whitney, we love you."
The performance reminded us, as it should have, that no one can do it like Whitney could do it.
We will say this, though: Given the magnitude of the loss felt by the industry, and the fact that several artists performed twice throughout the evening's three-and-a-half hour ceremony, we expected a little more time to be allotted for Whitney. We'd have happily watched more performance clips from her many, many Grammy appearances.