Jennifer Hudson Confirmed For Whitney Houston Grammy Awards Tribute Performance

12 February 2012, 05:11 | Updated: 12 February 2012, 05:59

The 'Listen' singer has been asked to perform in honour of the late singer at the annual awards ceremony.

Jennifer Hudson will give a tribute performance at tonight's Grammy Awards in honour of the late Whitney Houston, who passed away yesterday (11th February) at the age of 48.

The 'Listen' singer has been asked to sing at the prestigious awards ceremony tonight (12th February) in Los Angeles by the Grammys' executive producer Ken Ehrlich. 

"We had a long-term association with Whitney. Whitney was a multi-Grammy winner," Ken Ehrlich told CNN earlier today. "She appeared on the show a number of times. Obviously we are very saddened.

"We don’t want to rush to anything that wouldn't be respectful" he confirmed. "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," Ken continued. "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."

The television producer reiterated that the overall tone of the Grammys will still be one of celebration despite the tragic death of the 'Heartbreak Hotel' singer.

He added: "She was a great artist and a great performer and knew the importance of thrilling an audience, and that's what we still plan to do tomorrow."

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead yesterday at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in LA yesterday after the emergency services were called to her room and were unable to revive her.

The Los Angeles Police Department have launched  full investigation into her death but have ruled out the involvement of any criminal intent.

The Grammy Awards 2012 are scheduled to go ahead tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

View our gallery of Whitney Houston's life in pictures here.

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