CBS airing Whitney special
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
Jennifer Hudson embodied the look of one of her idols, Whitney Houston, during a tribute to the late singer put on by Grammy organizers.
WHITNEY TV SPECIAL
What: “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.”
When: 10 p.m. Friday.
Information: Visit www.grammy.com and search for “Whitney.”
Rocking a pompadour and glittery jacket reminiscent of Houston's stage costumes from the 1980s, Hudson belted out a medley of Houston's hits at the Nokia Theatre recently for "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston," which will air as a TV special.
The tribute will air as an hour-long special at 10 p.m. Friday on CBS. The compilation album, "I Will Always Love You — The Best of Whitney Houston," was released Tuesday.
The special also will include Houston's "most memorable performances" and interviews with various artists.
"She has been a huge part of my life musically," Hudson said. "She's just been like this outline, this blueprint for myself."
Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Usher, CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams also participated in the musical tribute.
Houston died at 48 the night before the Grammy Awards in February from accidental drowning complicated by drug use and heart disease. LL Cool J honored her at the awards ceremony in February but said last month that the singer's musical contributions merit more.
"The time that we spent remembering Whitney at the Grammys wasn't really enough for her career," he said. "Even though it was wonderful, and I got to say the prayer, and I got to address her death, her career was larger than just a few segments. You need a whole show to celebrate a career like Whitney Houston's."
T.D. Jakes, a minister and producer of Houston's final film, "Sparkle," said Houston's early death can serve as a sad cautionary tale.
"Our message and our heart's cry to young people is to really govern the choices that they make, and that those choices have consequences, long-term consequences," he said. "It is not enough to be talented. We must also be wise."
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