67 Comments on "Jennifer Hudson Tribute To Whitney Houston"
I haven't watched the clip yet, but I just wanted to say that I'm in complete agreement with those who think Alicia Keys is overrated. I espoused this opinion at work once and was stared at like I'd sprouted a second head, so it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who feels that way.
@Media Darling. Sorry but JHud does no song understated. She belts everything and sometimes a stong singer can pull back and make you want MORE not wishing you would give less. I think Whitney embodied that ability and I think Jennifer did fine. But I am not a huge fan of her voice. She is talented I just wish she would back off a bit. Lord, it's overpowering sometimes. That is all.
I think she did ok. She seemed emotional, nervous & like others said, she didn't have much time to prepare. Her voice, to me, is just not as strong as others but I get why she was selected.
I'm not a huge JHud fan but I wouldn't consider her the flavor of the month.
It was a perfect choice of song, because people will always love Whitney and JHud impressed the hell out of me.
Anyone remember the collaboration between Alicia Keys and Jack White? AK sucks and is severely over-rated.
Since Saturday I've heard this song broadcast non-stop. I feel like I'm back in 1993 when it was also played ALL the time during the first 6 months of that year. Freaky.
Still think she did a good job, but I do agree that IWALY wasn't the best song choice. I know Whitney had a huge hit with it… I thought "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" might have been a better choice.
Jax, JHud did not hit any of those high notes in that song. It was more subdued and understated.
Keep in mind too that JHud has lost some important people in her life the last few years, including her mother. I give her props for even getting through the song at all, and I'd much rather hear her sing then Beyonce. As if.
ITA about AK and Bonnie Raitt. Man, that was brutal. Not as brutal as Nikki Minaj, but close.
Now I am dying to see this after reading all your comments. The video has been removed on here, but I have it on my DVR. Had to go to bed early for an early wake up. *off to watch*
I agree with MediaDarling – I thought the song was done with class and tact – and not at all done to mimic or one-up Whitney at all. Extremely respectful.
i personally thought it was tacky as fuck to bring out the flavour of the month to sing her most famous song….especially when we all know WHITNEY hasn't been able to hit those high notes for years.
It was last minute but the producers and editors should have chosen to show clips of her singing and performing over allowing another artist to outshine her before the body was cold.
I liked her first song, but now I hate her with a passion because of that dumb-as-shit NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWKKKKKK!!!! song she did with Jay-Z. Fucking. Hate. That. Fucking. Song.
@Robin, you are NOT the only one. Bonnie's a class act, an icon, and she's got a smoky alto that perfectly fits any blues song. Alicia was NOT worthy of her company, IMO. She is SO overrated.
So, not butting into a conversation I wasn't involved with in order to get some dirt makes me jaded? I'm sorry but to most people, that means I'm CONSIDERATE. Wow. Idk maybe other people would asked but I wasn't raised to interject myself in someone else's conversation.
bn, saying you didn't care enough to ask sounds a lot like being jaded. Just because JHud wasn't the first choice doesn't mean she wasn't a good choice. She did a good job, in my opinion. Good, bad…they're only opinions; none are wrong. No one was going to sing that song like Whitney, that's the point.
I thought the other reason that song was chosen was because of the lyric, *I will always love you* as sung TO Whitney.
Jhud did fine.
I would have preferred a clip of Whitney singing her own songs for the tribute. That would have reminded everyone of the gift she had, without putting any other singer in the no win position Jhud finds herself in now.
I agree with Carol; I really wished that Dolly would have come out and sung that song. Although I am in that small minority that cringes every time I hear that song. Whitney did an amazing job with it; just not my favorite, and it was waaaay overplayed for a long time.
Wow Jasmine! I'm so glad I wasn't the only one that thought for a split second at the beginning of Jhuds performance that whitney wasn't dead.
I totally agree with Layna Day's statements.
I'll add that even though we all know Jhud can belt, she sang the tribute song perfectly. With elegance and empathy – she sang it beautifully. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to sing it. She even dressed the part, hair and all. She made sure the tribute was about whitney and not her. Bravo Jhud!
I can understand why Jennifer was chosen, especially given her association with Clive Davis. Even though I didn't want her to do the tribute, she did a lovely job.
But, as amazing as her voice is, I think she also showcased why no one can sing that song like Whitney could. Whitney has such an amazing voice- this one really hurts.
JH can sing but I would have preferred a different song. I didn't like the arrangement either and IWALY is so synomanous with Whitney ever since she covered it.
I'm in the vast minority here…but I have never liked this song, sung by anyone–be it Dolly, Whitney or whomever.
It's annoying as all hell to me.
My faves from Whitney are "Do You Hear What I Hear?" at Christmas and "Greatest Love of All" the rest of the year.
There's a blind on BG that strongly implies that Beyonce skipped the Grammys at the last minute because it wouldn't be all about HER comeback after baby.
When she was a no-show, my first thought was that Whitney stole her thunder.
I didn't like it. The song choice was too strongly associated with Whitney, it didn't really matter what JHud did with it, it wasn't going to be "right". But if she just would have stepped out there, kept it simple, without the vocal flourishes, I would have respected her more. It just felt like she was trying to imitate but she isn't Whitney, she never will be. Singing "We love you Whitney"? She could have finished the song and softly said, "We love you Whitney" and it would have been better.
It didn't feel respectful.
It's not a question of liking anyone. I'm fairly neutral on Jennifer. She has a good voice, but it's not for everyone.
But finding fault with her at a time like this–I don't get it and frankly, don't want to get it. It takes away from what's important.
@Ida and Lana- Thank you. You both said pretty much what I was thinking.
Frankly, I think if they had gotten anyone else, it would have turned into "THEM".
Jennifer did a lovely job. It was a tough situation. Imagine being asked to cover the signature song of someone you have idolized less than 24 hours after that person passes away. She looked beautiful and composed and sang wonderfully as herself – not trying to imitate Whitney or sing beyond her range.
I admire anyone who can perform in that type of scenario.
I agree with Cindy, Vicky and bnl but to each their own. If you like her fine, and if we don't that's okay too. It's just a matter of opinion.
Hmm. Interesting. I wonder who the first person was? Alicia Keys?
I honestly don't know who they contacted before Jennifer. I didn't care enough to ask and alot of what I hear is stuff I overhear other people talking about so I'm not in the position to get more details. But the people who were talking about it are in the position where they would have accurate info so I have no reason not to believe them.
@Ida, that is good to know – thanks!
bnl1016 – I love your insider scoop, so thank you for always sharing!!
I think Jennifer Hudson did well enough. I'm sure that was a ton of pressure. I would have preferred just a moment of silence, but of course the Grammys are going to ham it up and of course the song was going to be "I Will Always Love You" and of course Jennifer Hudson was the singer. Her relationship with Clive and Whitney prompted the choice, I'm sure.
I disagree that Celine or Mariah would have made it all about themselves.
^Who was the first person?
Just to address one thing – no, most insiders are not jaded. Sometimes this is why I feel like I shouldn't post here the way I do. You have to be in the entertainment world to fully get it. Some people fight me on stuff I hear with my own ears and that's when I have to just walk away from it. I'm sorry that your opinion is that they wouldn't have had someone else do it but Jennifer was NOT the first person they tried to get.
I thought she did alright. I didn't really expect her to be as good as Whitney because how could she be with that song?
Ida, I agree 100%. Thank you.
@KLM — "I'm glad they practice sustainable farming, but they are owned by McDonalds!!"
My heart sunk when I read your post — but I checked the fount of truth known as Wikipedia (that's sarcasm, but I DO love Wiki), and it says McDonald's divested their interest in Chipotle five years ago.
I also really dug that commercial — the song, the art direction, everything.
MM, I'm not being critical of her, you know she was just in shock and knee deep in handlers. Is that what happened with Chaka Khan?
Aw, I'd cut Jennifer Hudson some slack. If she tried to sing it like Whitney, people would obviously say that she can't sing it as well as her. Also, she was supposed to appear with Chaka Khan who no-showed. Can you imagine all of this happening in 24 hours and JH just trying to roll with it?
What were your opinions of the Willie Nelson commercial? I was so moved by it initially (firstly, I love me some Willie, so his cover of the Scientist is the bomb as far as I am concerned), but man, it was such a buzz kill when I found out it was a Chipotle commercial!!! Argh. I'm glad they practice sustainable farming, but they are owned by McDonalds!! That sort of trumps any good Chipotle may be doing… Sorry to hijack this thread, just wondering what others thought…
Thanks Cindy…I thought maybe I was just projecting when I thought her hair was way too Whitneyesque and the dress as well. It creeped me out especially since I saw a tweet that said it had been discussed that MiMi sing the tribute but Clive Davis said it absolutely had to be J. Hudson. An ensemble rendition of The Greatest Love would have worked fine and would not have left this somewhat distasteful residue in my mouth reeking of…oh yeah…chasing the $!