“It was a big shock when the news hit,” said Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich. “We’re definitely going to do something, but in some ways it’s too fresh and too early to do a full-blown tribute.”
Executive producers are now confirming that Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan have been asked to perform a tribute to the late singer.
The 48-year-old Houston had been making the rounds in the days before the Grammys, appearing at rehearsals and even showing up to offer singing advice to Monica and Brandy.
Houston even came out to Kelly Price’s pre-Grammy event, where she made her last public appearance. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Price said of the event, “There was no craziness going on, absolutely none of it. It was a great musical event. And honestly, I’m saying it because her daughter was there with her, my two children were there with me. It was an atmosphere that lent itself to being okay for our kids to be there. So that’s what was going on.”