By Sharon Waxman
(TheWrap) — The Grammy awards scrambled Saturday to cope with the sudden death of pop singer Whitney Houston, and planned a tribute to the 48-year-old singer during the awards telecast.
The awards’ executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the L.A. Times that Jennifer Hudson would perform a “respectful” musical tribute to Houston during the CBS awards telecast on Sunday.
Ehrlich told the Times: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”
The Grammys were mainly anticipated otherwise for a performance by Adele in the wake of her vocal surgery.
Houston was declared dead at 3:55 pm on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No cause of death has been determined.