Dolly Parton Reacts To Jennifer Hudson’s Grammys Tribute To Whitney Houston

On last night’s Grammy Awards, the show opened with a prayer for Whitney Houston. Near the end of the show, Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to the singer with a song that Whitney catapulted to the top of the charts, I Will Always Love You. See the video here, in case you’ve missed it.

It was a touching tribute to an icon, even though some have said that perhaps Jennifer shouldn’t have been the one to do it. Now, the song’s creator, Dolly Parton, reacted to the performance and to Whitney’s untimely death.

She said, “I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang, I Will Always Love You on the Grammys in memory of Whitney. Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you.”

What did you think of Jennifer Hudson’s tribute at the Grammy Awards? Should Dolly Parton have sung their signature song? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!

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Dolly Parton Reacts To Jennifer Hudson’s Grammys Tribute To Whitney Houston was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by Roberta Ferguson
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  • Rejoice36

     Jennifer was the perfect person to sing the song and she did an amazing job under the circumstances.  She restrained her vocals and didn’t try to sing like Whitney or compete with Whitney’s version, she was instead, very respectful and melancholy which is why it was so beautiful. In lieu of the fact that she was overcome with grief and was trying to control her emotions, the fact that she was given less than 24hrs notice, she is the consummate professional and was the right person to sing.  She has a powerful voice and I’m sure made Whitney smile down from heaven. Great job Jennifer and R.I.P. Whitney–a true songbird who is now singing in heaven.

  • Jewelsmaid

    I think Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job.  I do think it would have been extremely powerful though for Dolly to have joined her on stage.  With this being said, I do believe Jennifer did an outstanding job, and I do not think anyone but Whitney herself could have done better!

  • Scotstech

    Dolly would have been perfect. She has the most heartbreaking & vulnerable tone when singing that song. J Hud did a good job, though. Must have been very difficult to perform.

  • Kath_192

    Jennifer Hudson absolutely was the wrong choice. The rendition would have insulted Whitney. You don’t try and COPY someone. It a song had to be sung libe it should have been either Dolly Parton or Celine Dion. Even better a video montage with Whitney’s own voice. Also found the lack of attention to Amy Winhouse was criminal.

  • Tasso

    the perfect voice to sing the song is LEONA LEWIS!!!