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Jennifer Hudson to Perform Whitney Houston Tribute at Grammys

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UPDATED: Houston, a six-time Grammy winner, was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday.

On the eve of the Grammy Awards, the devastating news came that Whitney Houston had died at the age of 48. The organizers of the Grammys are scrambling to put together a fitting tribute for the powerhouse singer, who was a six-time Grammy Award winner.

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Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich announced that Jennifer Hudson will be a part of the dedication that will air during the show on Sunday.

“Our plan at this point, I’ve asked Jennifer Hudson to come. We’re really, at this point talking about what she’s going to do, but it will be something respectful,” he told CNN on Saturday. CNN has also confirmed that Chaka Khan will be part of the performance dedicated to Houston.

Ehrlich added that he had already gone through the script for the telecast and made some changes. "There are some shifts we wanted to make script-wise that probably make it a little more appropriate to what’s happened," he said.

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“It’s not going to be a full-blown tribute, to me that feels like it’s too early, it’s too fresh at this moment, so we’re working on something that will be really respectful and appropriate to Whitney’s memory," he added.

The R&B singer was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday at 3:55 p.m. Emergency crews called to the scene tried to resuscitate her in the hotel room on fourth floor.At a press conference, Police Lt. Mark Rosen added that there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of death was being investigated.

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She was due to make an appearance at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala on Saturday night.

Over the span of her career, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos, and won two Emmy, six Grammys, and 30 Billboard Music Awards. Houston became one of music's most successful singers in the late 1980s and 1990s, with hits such as "Saving All My Love for You", "How Will I Know", "Greatest Love of All" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)." She had seven straight Billboard No. 1 hits in the 1980s.

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