Usher, Jennifer Hudson, & Celine Dion Salute Whitney Houston on Grammy Special

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Some of music and Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston during the tribute special “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston,” which aired last night on CBS. The one-hour event featured performances from those Whitney inspired, with presenters including Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Taraji P. Henson, Clive Davis, and LL Cool J.

Jennifer Hudson had the audience on its feet with a dance medley of “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Celine Dion paid homage to her fellow diva with one of her personal faves, “The Greatest Love of All.” Usher performed “I Believe in You and Me” from The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, and CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams dueted on “Count on Me” as Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and other members of her family looked on.

Plus, the show included footage from the late legend’s first-ever television appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” her unforgettable rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, and her iconic performance of “I Will Always Love You” at the 1994 Grammys.

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31 Comments

  1. IfuckedYaMotha89

    Celine was beautiful! Jennifer was out of breath! Usher sounded really smooth sexy and emotional at the same damn time! Yolanda was cute CeCe was pregnant! all in all it was BEAUTIFUL better than the EBT awards could ever DO with Roseanne in the chair!

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  2. WHOA

    Im not gonna lie.. Usher made me tear up.

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    HEARTS HEAUX!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply:

    @WHOA, CELINE DION STOLE THE GOT DAMN SHOW!!!!!!!!!!! LADIES THE DEFINITION OF A VOCAL BEAST!!!!!!!!!! & HASNT AGED ONE BIT!!!!!!!!!!! SMH…………….SHE’S THE ONLY VOCALIST FROM HER ERA TO STILL HAVE HER VOICE SOUNDING EXACTLY LIKE IT DID BACK IN THE DAY!!! SHE SHITS ON MARIAH CAREY VOCALLY ESPECIALLY THESE DAYS. & SPEAKING OF MARIAH WHY THE HELL HASNT HER ASS PERFORMED AT ANY OF THE TRIBUTES TO WHITNEY?…….I MEAN SHE CANT SING ANYMORE ESPECIALLY LIVE BUT……HELL!!!!

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    Fa Reply:

    @HEARTS HEAUX!!!!!!!!!!!!,
    Good for you
    happy for you

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  3. joey

    Celine and Hudson killed it, rip

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    stu Reply:

    @joey, Celine killed the show? Just goes to show what you don’t know about music. She also is one of the best singers of our time. Whitney would be very proud of her.

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    troy Reply:

    @stu, she was obviously saying they did good… learn to read…

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  4. Yo

    I hated J. Hud’s performance. She sings tooooooooooooooo hard and harsh. Just doesn’t do Nippy and her prowess any justice whatsoever. Plus, I was distracted by that blimp on top of her shoulders and her mouth, giving me every bit of Donkey from Shrek. Too much weight loss does that. So cabaret.

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    Monty Reply:

    @Yo, Completely agree.

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    Fa Reply:

    @Yo, agreed! Way too hard!

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  5. Sabrina

    @ WHOA, Me too! That was sooo beautiful. RIP Whitney!

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  6. okfolks

    Usher made me cry. He is very good at doing emotional tributes. He also made me cry during MJ’s tribute too

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    Say What? Reply:

    @okfolks, yo, me too. I can’t lie. That was the only time I cried during Michaels death.

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  7. jay$$

    Usher, usher, usher, usher, usher!! He is always amongst the best when it comes to tributes. You can always feel the emotion. Best performance. Vocals were on point. He made me cry.

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  8. MinajRules2013too

    R.I.P. to the GREATEST singer of all time!!! I loved the performances from all of the artists, great tribute. Although, I must say I DO NOT trust Pat Houston, something a little fishy about that one.

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  9. ras

    that was a amazing tribute

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  10. Brandon

    Love Celine!!!!

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  11. Kristiopher

    wow whitney has affected a lot of people…usher did great! celine dion kinda reminds me of Whitney Houston she carries herself with so much grace & elegance. cece winans still has it! yolanda was good too!

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  12. Kristiopher

    now ms jennifer hudson where do i begin? don’t get me wrong she can. her voice is very powerful. i give her that but the beauty of whitneys voice is that it was powerful but yet angelic. i hate to hear her cover whitneys music because she sounds a fool! i truly think the only person who comes remotely close doing the best tribute for whitney is MONICA simply because she’s pretty like whitney & her voic is powerful & angelic

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    troy Reply:

    @Kristiopher, you sound dumb af! because she’s pretty… no…. and monica is just okay she can only sing 8 notes..but whatever

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    Yo Reply:

    @troy, You sound stupid. Monica’s octave range is bigger than Huds and yes, there are receipts.

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  13. MusicJunkie

    This Is All They Can Do For Whitney ? smh Usher & Celine was amazing

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  14. stu

    The whole show was really very well done. It was A wonderful tribute to one of our best singers of our time

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  15. Glamour Puss

    I don’t understand why Jennifer Hudson is the go-to girl when it comes to Whitney tributes. Her voice is too overbearing in my opinion. Whitney had a POWERFUL voice with an angelic, clear tone. It was like a bell. Jennifer can be very harsh, sharp, throaty and hard on the ears!

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    jay$$ Reply:

    @Glamour Puss, I completely agree. Deborah Cox would’ve been a better choice.

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    Roll Reply:

    @Glamour Puss,
    I agree! Jennifer Hudson is good, but they act like JH is the best at Whitney Tribute

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  16. Singerboy

    Why did they cut CeCe’s part in the song…man, I was waiting to hear it and I know she performed it cause someone from the audience recorded it.

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  17. Tevin

    Jennifer RATCHETson

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  18. philly11

    Go ahead Usher!!!!!

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  19. Joe

    Jennifer Hudson did amazing i cant stop watching and dancing and Celine Dion madde me cry so did Usher and then CeCe Winas and Yolanda Adams made me cry as well…. i love Whitney Houston she was my biggest inspirations and thats who made me love singing i started to sing her songs!!! i only sing her songs and wish i coulda met her before she died to tell her how great she is and how big she changed my life for te better and made it more lively her name will always still be around and her and her family will always be in my heart…R.I.P WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON

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  20. Pour boomz RearzTues

    they all did Good and I love usher performance

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