It's a great privilege, but also a huge burden for Jennifer Hudson to be chosen to pay tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night — held just a day after Whitney was found dead in her hotel room.
A Grammys crew member told The Hollywood Reporter Jennifer was "having a hard time" rehearsing Whitney's song, "I Will Always Love You." Jennifer was reportedly "crying and had to keep pausing" to collect herself during Sunday’s afternoon rehearsal. "She was having a hard time getting through the song, especially on the second run-through." And she only has a few hours to get it right — or at least just get through it. No one would fault her for breaking down during the performance.
Despite her troubles in rehearsal, Jennifer sang beautifully in the tribute, which was part of a broader "In Memoriam" segment. Watch the full performance below.