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Hudson To Pay Tribute To Houston At Grammys

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Singer Jennifer Hudson (R) accepts the Best R&B Album from singer Whitney Houston (L) during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singer Jennifer Hudson (R) accepts the Best R&B Album from singer Whitney Houston (L) during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS/AP) – Chicago native Jennifer Hudson will honor her idol, the late Whitney Houston, at the Grammy Awards tonight on CBS.

Houston died Saturday at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Her cause of death has not yet been determined.

Show executive producer Ken Ehrlich said that Hudson will be featured in a “musical tribute” to Houston to note the Grammy-winner’s amazing accomplishments, adding Houston’s death is too fresh to do more at this time.

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It won’t be the first time Hudson will pay tribute to Houston. Two years ago, at the BET Awards, Hudson serenaded a beaming Houston as she belted out Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You.”

Hudson has talked about Houston as a role model, recalling that as an 11-year-old girl, she would sing pretend duets with Houston.

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Prior to the news of Houston’s death, Hudson attended a pre-Grammy event Saturday where she discussed the impact Houston had on her career.

Houston actually presented Hudson with her first Grammy. Hudson said meeting her idol “almost overshadowed getting the Grammy.”

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