The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jennifer Hudson broke down during Whitney tribute rehearsal

Not surprisingly, Hudson is said to be “having a hard time” at rehearsal for the tribute number, which will air three-quarters of the way through the broadcast, as part of a broader “In Memoriam” segment. She is singing Houston’s monster hit “I Will Always Love You.”

A Grammy crew member tells The Hollywood Reporter that Hudson was “crying and had to keep pausing” to collect herself during the Sunday afternoon rehearsal. “She was having a hard time getting through the song, especially on the second run-through.”

Chaka Khan has also been added to the tribute number with possibly more surprise guests to be announced.

The Grammy telecast kicks off at 8 pm ET.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Kesia Monteith

    Oh Lord! This tribute will be a hard one.

  • http://twitter.com/lorismile1 Lori

    Awww poor Jennifer.  I feel for her.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I feel for her too.  This is another reason why I think that a video montage would be the best choice under the circumstances.  Whitney’s death is too recent and people are still in shock.

  • OffLeash

    ITA a montage would be more appropriate. Why have someone sing her songs instead, no matter how talented they can be? I hope they change their minds. I want to see Whitney remembered with a video tribute of her best performances.

  • Anonymous

    This death is too fresh…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    This is another reason why I think that a video montage would be the
    best choice under the circumstances.  Whitney’s death is too recent and
    people are still in shock.

    When you consider it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet since the story first broke, I would say under the circumstances, that it would be best to show a montage rather than the performances.  I could see any of the performers involved in this tribute having a hard time getting through it tonight.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I agree with what everyone is saying about a montage being the better choice tonight.  This is tremendous pressure for Jennifer. She’s already going to be emotional, and she’s had little time prepare. Fingers crossed that she brings it tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

    Who was it that said Jennifer Hudson was a bad choice because she will just make it about herself? You were dead right on. 

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

     I agree and do a full tribute at a later date. Nawwah :(

  • Kesia Monteith

    I’m not gonna lie, I was getting beyond annoyed at all the negative comments thrown at JHud about doing this tribute…but her getting chocked up like this, oy! Maybe for someone like JHud who clearly felt such a personal connection to her idol, a montage of her performances maybe would have been best.

  • Kesia Monteith

    She would not make it about herself. She lost her idol like many others did this weekend. If Dolly Parton (since so many on this blog wanted her to do this tribute) got emotional doing her iconic song, would people think she was making it about herself? UGH! 

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

     You’re right! She should have been laughing and partying it up, ya know, business as usual. How dare she cry!

  • larc

    Afraid the Grammy Awards show will be too much of a downer tonight.  Think I’ll pass. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that Jennifer is a bad choice because she finds it hard to maintain her composure while rehearsing.  Evidently, she’s been affected deeply by Whitney’s death and I can totally understand her difficulty in controlling her emotions.  To me, that’s not “just making it about herself” at all. It’s just too soon and there’s too little time to expect anyone to carry off a tribute by singing live. I really hope that they have been working on a montage as well, and decide to go with that.

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

    She lost her idol like many others did this weekend.

    They met once for about 2 seconds. The woman was a drug addict that could sing, when she wasn’t too f-ed up. What exactly is there to idolize?

  • Anonymous

    Yes, because showing emotion in the face of death = Jennifer making it about herself. 

    Heaven help her if she does something drastic like use a handkerchief to dry her tears.

  • breakdown

    I’m sorry, but having someone, anyone, doing perhaps Whitney’s greatest song in the same style as her does not make it about Whitney. I would have preferred a montage.

  • Lovesyesha

    How is her crying about something that is clearly emotional, her making it about herself. I am pretty sure she realizes that this is about paying respects.

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer Hudson is doing the RIGHT THING by changing up her performance to pay tribute to her Idol. If anyone knows about loss in life, it’s Jennifer, and I applaud her courage here.

  • Anonymous

    I am not personally a huge fan of Jennifer Hudson’s voice – she is great singer, but her approach lacks delicacy and her tone is a little too sharp for me – but I do think that she is a classy, well-respected artist and an excellent choice to do this tribute. Let’s not forget the fact that this tragedy may have opened the wounds of her own unthinkable tragedy just a few short years ago.

  • Anonymous

    Afraid that’s not correct. When Jennifer broke through with Dreamgirls she was invited to this party. Whitney would be coming on Clive’s arm as always. Jennifer would be singing I Am Telling You I’m Not Going. When Clive asked her at the rehearsal if she was nervous, she said yes. Clive told her she was going to close the show. Jennifer asked wasn’t that Whitney’s spot? Turned out Whitney wanted Jennifer to close the show. Jennifer has told this story before. I expect the two women were closer than people may know about.

  • Mieps

    I think it is safe to say that everyone on this particular blog idolizes at least one person – and it is equally safe to say that most of these people have not met their idol. Don’t you think they would they be sad if their idol died? Do you really have to know someone personally before you are allowed any feelings for them.

  • RockiDreams

    If she was so upset perhaps she should have declined to perform like others did. 

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it is time for us to reflect on our own personal need to pass judgements.

  • Anonymous

    And then the naysayers here would give Jennifer grief about that.

    Catch-22 and all that goes into that puzzle.

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

     

    If she was so upset perhaps she should have declined to perform like others did. 

    She should have declined but that’s just not her way. It’s a great opportunity to grab the spotlight. I think people who were sincerely affected stayed home. People who really cared could not party on.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

    There’s comes a time when you realize that no matter what you do, there are going to be those who will make it a negative. Just have to shake the dust off and keep it moving.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh…. This whole thing is so incredibly sad.   I give huge props to Jennifer and the others who are participating in this tribute.   I feel certain that it is all heartfelt and not just an attempt to “grab the spotlight”.

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

    If it was really about Whitney then Whitney’s beautiful voice would be front and center. I want to see and hear her, not some other over singing over hyped American Idol in her place. 

  • Anonymous

     Simple solution – Those not wanting to see or hear Jhud sing tonight – Don’t watch the telecast!

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

     

    Perhaps it is time for us to reflect on our own personal need to pass judgements.

    Oh how very judgmental :)

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

     

    Simple solution – Those not wanting to see or hear Jhud sing tonight – Don’t watch the telecast!

    Good idea. I hate watching shameless grabs for attention on the backs of people not yet cold.

  • jdanton2

    I would take Jennifer Hudson over Dolly Parton any day doing the tribute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579290324 Michael Bishop

    I fail to see how Jennifer Hudson performing a tribute and breaking down in rehearsals = making it about herself.  She was asked to perform, and felt honored to be asked, so she accepted.  It’s been less than 24 hours; regardless of how close Whitney and JHud were or were not, it is still a loss for her…yet another loss in her life.  Each time someone in our lives die, family, friends, loved ones, or even those we admire from close or afar, it’s a loss and a piece of us, even if just a little piece dies as well.   I’m not a huge JHud fan, but I’m confident she will do a classy job with the tribute.

  • Tess

    Didn’t Jennifer sing at Michael Jackson’s service?  Is she the go to girl for tributes?  It seems that is where she tends to get a lot of her exposure.  Funny thing is I don’t have any recollection of anything she has done that is Jennifer centric, what I’ll remember about her is that she sang a lot of other people’s music and very loudly on a lot of shows paying tribute to really great singers…she doesn’t even do anything from her own songbook for her weight watchers’ ads.  I find her career rather perplexingly interesting in a very weird way.

  • Anonymous

    This is a moment of high emotion that I want to experience to the fullest.  JHud won an Academy Award for wringing every drop of angst out of an old ballad, and she will attempt to do the same tonight.  I am no worshipper of the addict, but it’s gonna feel so good.

  • Tess

    Yep…lots of peeps have one great performance in them, its trying to reach that peak, again, that is troublesome for many.  I’m still waiting for JHUd to impress me, again.  

  • http://twitter.com/1WaySTweet Ron Simpson

     Update: Just hours before Chaka Khan was set to perform
    a tribute to Whitney Houston with Jennifer Hudson at the Grammys, the
    soul legend has decided to pull out. “As I grieve the loss of my friend
    and ‘little sister,’ I don’t feel it appropriate to perform at this
    time,” Chaka tweeted to her fans. “Continue to pray for the family.”

    http://blog.music.aol.ca/2012/02/11/whitney-houston-grammy-jennifer-hudson/

  • Anonymous

    It’s all yours, Jen… Make us cry!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy
  • Anonymous

    I agree. It’s incomprehensible to me the poularity of Jennifer Hudson (in regard to being the go-to person for singing tributes) when she herself has had a mediocre and rather bland recording career. I cannot stand to listen to her sing. Her voice is too boistrous, loud and obnoxious to me.

  • Anonymous

    And JHud’s detractors continue to make it all about her and not Whitney. Ironic, considering they’ve accused Jennifer of doing the very same thing.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure I’ll cry during Jen’s tribute.  For beautiful Whitney who touched my soul and for Jennifer who sings beautifully.

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  Do people get frost-bite when they bump into you?

  • Anonymous

    They showcased Whitney tonight on Dateline (think that’s what it was). You might have liked that.

  • ronnie

    Jennifer Hudson has had a lot of success on the R&B Chart, yes, to some, that’s not a real chart, but she is a Grammy and Oscar winner, so Hollywood loves her- sorry if your favorite did not get asked, perhaps they are not good enough

  • Anonymous

    I’ve  never seen this performance before.  When was it???  It looks pretty recent.  Whitney in the audience looked thrilled and I think Jennifer made her proud.  Thanks for the link.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It was a BET tribute to Whitney in 2010.

  • Anonymous

    I think Jennifer (I despise the contraction of her name…it feels disrespectful in a way) did an amazing job and she appeared very moved. In my opinion only she seemed to be ill at ease and it may have been the recent loss of her own family and the connection to grief she felt…but regardless…she did an admirable job on short notice, with everyone comparing her to a really magnificent, in her prime, vocal. She acquitted herself respectfully, imo. It’s sad all around,imo.

    It’s funny…I am not a particular fan of Jennifer; in fact, I think she oversings often…and her commercials are driving me batty..BUT…she acquitted herself well and did justice/respect for Houston’s talent. Regardless of Whitney’s travails after her triumphs..she was a talent that is rarely seen..a talent unlikely to be equaled in her prime; she earned, regardless of her later life, the accolades. Very sad times, indeed. Musically, at least. Pray for her daughter; I lost my own mother in December and while I am much, much (!) older than Bobbie Kristina, it’s never easy, and for BK, so young, it doesn’t matter about the fame and talent; she lost her momma. It is never going to be over. Pray she perseveres.

    I’m done. (-:

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Jennifer’s performance was both beautiful and tasteful. *love*

  • Anonymous

    not so long ago.  thanks for the video.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkAngel Goboywonder

     My condolences for the lost of your mother. Those were lovely words for Jennifer.

  • Anonymous

    Did Jennifer sing on the Grammies?  I never saw that clip of the BET tribute before.  It’s the only performance of that song I have ever liked.  Even her falsetto, which I usually hate on a woman, is gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you; she (my mother) was my hero and inspiration to live and let live, to give others the benefit of the doubt, to try and “walk” in their shoes, so to speak, to try and love unconditionally.

    I do think Jennifer did the tribute because SOMEONE needed to; and she surely didn’t seem to be drawing attention to anything but Whitney. Good on her, I say.

  • http://twitter.com/politicsislife Elizabeth Matthew

    Not a huge Jennifer Hudson fan but her performance tonight was respectful, heartfelt and spot on…congrats Jennifer, tough song to sing in very difficult circumstances. 

  • tomr

    And, unlike Christina A., she didn’t make it about herself and dressed appropriately.

  • mmb

    I don’t generally enjoy Jennifer’s performances. But I thought she was perfect last night – looked beautiful, sounded great. Everything was a little restrained. She didn’t go crazy with vocal runs or anything. Very very nice. Probably my second favorite performance of hers after Let It Be at that charity telethon thing.

  • Anonymous

    Watched this again.  Still so sad about Whitney. Jennifer was awesome and I loved seeing Whitney enjoying Jen’s performance!!!