Jesus, this was the best they could get? This bitch couldn't hold a note to save her life. Get Beyonce!
Sorry Op,she did an amazing job....understated, respectful, and quite lovely
r1, you must be deaf. She was one step above Whitney's present-day voice. It was cringe-worthy. Beyonce would have knocked it out of the park.
I didn't see the Grammy's but I've never cared for any of the "diva" singers. They may have fairly good voices but none of them seem to be able to not sing without yodeling through the scales in every song. Aguilera and Carey do it, Whitney did it, it's a plague among them now.
We get it. You have a powerful set of pipes, now sing it straight without the vocal gymnastics. What the fuck happened to singers like Carol King?
R2 you couldn't be more wrong....Beyonce is quite wonderful, but only as a pop singer....she doesn't have half the voice that JHud has.....there just is no comparison.
JHud? Oh god.
Ugh... Stick to something you actually know something about. Perhaps, dick sucking.
Hudson was amazing.
As soon as they announced that Whitney was dead it was pretty clear that she would be singing because she had been on Piers Morgan with Clive Davis on Friday. I don't have anything against her generally, but I did not think Jennifer Hudson did a good job with the song. I actually wish they had Dolly Parton do it if it was going to be that song.
That said, I won't hold the performance against her because she only had 24 hours and I'm sure she was stressed out/nervous beyond belief.
I just would have rather had them replay Whitney's One Moment in Time performance or some other time she was at the Grammys.
Seems you're the only one that thought that OP, everyone is raving about her performance.
Sorry Justin wasn't there to please you.
I don't think it's so much JHud as the song itself--it's just awful. Sends wild dogs running.
ITA with R7 that they should have paid tribute to Whitney by letting her do it herself. A montage of her most amazing live performances would have been SO much better.
Op = same person bitching about Whitney Houston
R6, LOL! But dick sucking IS an artform. It has brought me much joy over the years.
JHud is good but she has a weird vocal tick where she overly puffs her W's. Anyone else notice that?
I thought it was lovely.
You're a cunt.
Gays just like her because she was in that dumb musical. She's their Liza now. Too bad she has no talent.
[quote].Too bad she has no talent.
You have the same talent as she does when it comes to comebacks.
Good lord R10/15. We get it you love Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston. Some people don't. Get over it. Are you that same crazed Jennifer Garner/Leann Rimes/Aguilera fan who's been posting here.
[R17] eats feces from the sidewalk.
Shouldn't you be in your jr. high homeroom class already R18?
She was good, but she does not have the range Whitney had (or used to have). She knows her voice, though, so she understands what she can handle.
[quote] I actually wish they had Dolly Parton do it if it was going to be that song.
That would have been brilliant!
Listen to R14, she knows her darkie divas!
Hudson's voice is really deep now. She's gone from a mezzo-soprano to an alto in the past couple of years.
Op! You are so right. I thought she was awful.
R9 nails it; it was the song.
I just wish modern singers would pay half as much attention to diction as they do the vocal pyrotechnics.
Overly-mannered singers can be annoying, but not nearly so much as these under-40 mushmouths with lazy tongues and lips.
Hudson was great. It amazes me that she held it together. This is a woman who lost three family members. It's been a couple of years but that sort of trauma resurfaces whenever you have to grieve another loss. So good for her.
I'm reading posts by "Dustin" in the Grammy thread and he's waxing poetry about Hudson's rendition. I'm rolling my eyes and cringing.
JH's performance -- while not a complete disaster -- was unmemorable and uninspiring.
Like r20 said, the range was just not there. She could not hit the high notes. I think when you're singing a Houston song, you have to be able to hit those high notes or else you're just doing a karaoke version. I was just waiting for JH to be done with it.
Beyonce only does what gives Beyonce attention.
She released her newborn's photos in advance of her big red carpet post baby debut Sunday til Whitney died and made it ...all about..Whitney!
JHud was a good last minute replacement. Mind you, they had less than 24 hours to get that together from Whitney's death til; airtime.
What happened to Chaka Khan? Word was that she was going to perform too.
I used to think Jennifer Hudson was pretty good. And maybe she still is. But she was awful last night singing "I Will Always Love You." Just awful. Maybe it's just not her type of song.
No one could sing like Whitney. And as good as some singers may be, compared to Whitney, they're not all that good--especially when they should not be singing Whitney's songs.
It was just a lousy, awful tribute to one of the most talented singers ever.
She was holding back and restraining herself out of respect. She could have knocked it out of the park but Didn't want it compared to Houstons version.
Parton would have been a great choice because it would have not been compared to Houston.
I think Kahn said she would not perform out of respect.
I thought she did great, with Whitney touches but no flourishes. I think she was crying as she was singing.
I miss that style of voice so much. Classy, clean and clear, and rich beyond description.
Peggy Lee. Same thing.
She was singing unaccompanied at first, and then only with one piano. Whitney herself would never have sounded that good.
[quote] It was just a lousy, awful tribute to one of the most talented singers ever.
Bitch, bitch, bitch.
She may not have been technically perfect, but someone she looked up to very much died less than 24 hours before AND she was singing that person's signature song AND it's an incredibly moving, sad song to boot AND she was clearly emotionally sad and holding back tears. I fail to see where she was lousy, or awful.
Forgive the universe for not providing you the absolutely perfect experience you demanded from its entertainment vending machine….you heinous cunt.
I'm not to familiar with Jennifer Hudson, but I thought her performance was understated, appropriate, and quite moving.
Fuck you in the hatchet wound, OP.
They should have let Amber Riley sing it. She's my new favorite diva..
I just watched the replay. No one else could have done that song. She fucking nailed it.
Hate away haters, we love Jennifer and we love her even more for knocking this one out of the park.
I watched Hudson's clip today and she was outstanding. You're an idiot, OP.
OP, please post the YouTube link to your flawless vocal tribute to Houston.
She wasn't as good as Whitney. That doesn't mean she wasnt good, great, even. The whole reason we are mourning Whitney is because she was an exceptional talent. Calling someone else crap for falling short of the bar she set is like calling Steve jobs retarded because he wasn't as smart as einstein
[quote]She may not have been technically perfect
R37. Please, no one expected perfection. But that tribute was mediocre at best. And yes, even lousy.
I didn't think I waxed poetic, I just stated why I prefer JHud to Whitney.
I think Whitney makes "I Will Always Love You" sound like a threat.
It was moving and honest.
[quote]OP, please post the YouTube link to your flawless vocal tribute to Houston.
Here you go.
OP is probably Simon Cowell, still ticked that he booted her off Idol and she went on to a career that puts all his favs in the shade.
I thought she was fab and so did my side-kick.
Speak for yourself, bitch.
Hudson was in a tough spot -- she only had a brief chance to rehearse, it was a highly emotional and sad context, and if she tried really showboating 100% she'd have been criticized for that; it was supposed to be a respectful homage to Whitney, not an attention grab.
I think she did very well.
I will always love R43 and R48.
TY R48, LOL!!
And when the crowd started to applaud she tried to shut them up. Did you see that? She was totally in the moment.
Don't forget, too, that her mother, brother and nephew were all murdered two years ago.
I am sure this brought that back, too.
Love JHud and think she sounded wonderful.
I think Dustin is right about Whitney's version, but I think that was appropriate for the context of a movie about a stalker.
Am I the only one who can't stand "JHud"? She seems so emotionally cold and bitchy. Plus she fucked Oprah over.
Or more succinctly, about a narcissistic diva in a dysfunctional family being stalked by an obsessive psycho. It should sound like a threat, and not, as intended by Parton, as an apology.
I like Jennifer, but I thought she sung it in too low a register.
I prefer the version Amber Riley is doing on tomorrow night's Glee.
You idiots. She kept it simple and didn't belt it out of respect for Whitney. She could sing just as well as Whitney any day.
She decidedly cannot sing like Whitney. And neither can any current female pop/RnB star. And I say that as someone who wouldn't consider himself a particular Whitney fan bar a few songs.
I always feel like she is "struggling" when JHud is singing.
Houston just simply owns this song much like Garland owns Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Hudson did a decent job, but her voice has nowhere near the power, range and majestic beauty Houston's voice had in her prime. I always thought Houston's music was too schlocky, but boy, her voice was one of a kind.
[quote]You idiots. She kept it simple and didn't belt it out of respect for Whitney.
You're entirely correct.
[quote]She could sing just as well as Whitney any day.
Alas, you couldn't be more wrong.
[quote]I think Kahn said she would not perform out of respect.
What I wouldn't have given to hear Madeline Kahn's rendition of that song. I'm getting verklempt just thinking about it.
Khan was on Piers Morgan and she was quite pissed about the Davis party (rightly so, I think) and didn't want to have anything to do with what was effectively an industry tribute.
She also said right out that Whitney was ultimately responsible for her own decisions, while mentioning how destructive the music industry is for female singers.
r68 Madeleine Khan is dead.
R68. I watched Chaka Khan on Piers Morgan too. Chaka said the fact that the Clive Davis party went on was "complete insanity." She's right.
Chaka also said that Whitney would not have said, "the show must go on." Whitney would have said, "stop everything."
R69, spelling is your friend.
I meant Chaka Khan
It was great seeing Jennifer Holliday on Piers Morgan talking about her friend, Whitney. Now there's an incredible talent.
No one--that's NO ONE--can ever surpass Jennifer Holliday singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." She sang it 30 years ago, and she still kills it to this day. The woman is super human.
I completely disagree. I think it was fine that Clive's party continued to be held.
Why should all the catering of expensive food and other expenses go to waste.
In fairness to Davis, though, r70 it was reported that he asked her family for direction, and they said not to cancel.
Whether or not that's true, and exactly whom he contacted, is another issue.
Unfortunately, Sharon Osborne will be on Piers Morgan tonight talking about Whitney. I suppose Sharon Osborne will portray herself as a friend (that wasn't).
[quote]Am I the only one who can't stand "JHud"? She seems so emotionally cold and bitchy. Plus she fucked Oprah over.
For that she gets three Mermaid Girl kisses from Heaven.
R74. I have to think that the Houston family was just being gracious to Clive Davis if they told him to carry on. It hardly seems realistic that Whitney's mother or brother even had the wherewithall or interest to discuss some self-indulgent party within three hours of Whitney's death.
r75, Osbourne might be a fame whore, but she's been in the business a long time and also grew up in it. She can be blunt, too.
I'd be interested in what she has to say. I think it depends on what questions she's asked.
I love you, R37.
self-indulgent party? The party is completely separate from anything having to do with Whitney's death.
ITA with R77, who would ever have the balls to approach the family and ask such a thing within hours of a death? Can you picture it? "Oh, Cissy, so sorry for your loss.....and by the way, would you mind terribly if we went ahead with the festivities this evening?'
She came in to perform at that party r80
Chaka Khan was right saying that going ahead with that party was "complete insanity."
And I might add, totally classless.
R76 I love you! Can I get a Mermaid kiss?
I don't think it was that overt, r81. It depends how close he was to the people around her.
Although I totally agree with Chaka Khan.
R85. If the people around Whitney agreed to that party, then they're totally tasteless.
[quote]Unfortunately, Sharon Osborne will be on Piers Morgan tonight talking about Whitney. I suppose Sharon Osborne will portray herself as a friend (that wasn't).
Ugh, I can't fucking stand this bitch. Who the hell cares what the Whoresbournes have to say? Sharon was not friends with Whitney and probably never even met her, so who gives a fuck about her opinion?
I wish Piers and the Whoresbournes and all these other fucking Brits would just fuck off back to England.
That song is tough to sing. Thought she did fine and the whitney tribute was not overdone and was bittersweet.
Meh. I agree - they shoulda got Dolly. Plus, JHud is not down with the gay marriage. So there's that.
r89, this isn't about you.
Blame Clive Davis. That bastard has no heart. He made JHud do it.
Jennifer Hudson was perfect. Her performance was understated, heartfelt, packed with emotion and in the best of taste. .. It's unsettling to read here the posters who felt somebody else would have "knocked it out of the park." This was a moment for restraint, not finger popping. .. Why are eo many American gays drawn to gaudiness and ostentation?? .. Believe it or not, less is more.
LeAnn Rimes version is nice.
I thought Jennifer Hudson sucked. Understated my ass. It was bad all the way around. She will never be one of the great voices.
Should've been Dolly.
r95 = A bitter Beyonce, bored at home with a stranger's baby!
Beyonce would have fucked it up even worse. She couldn't change Whitney's maxi-pad, let alone sing one of her songs.
I don't like her, never have done since she was on American Idol. All 'tude and no personality.
And this bitch never could do Whitney as much as she was obsessed with trying to, she has a darker tone and sounds nothing like her. All wrong. And La Toya London was much better than her on Idol anyway.
Both Whitney & Jennifer were/are great great singers.
But personally, I always loved either Dolly's original version or Linda Rondstadt's version much better. Whitney was way over the top with that one.
To all those who hate Jennifer Hudson, who would you have recommended to sing the tribute?
Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are the only two vocalists out that have voices similar to Whitney in her prime. And again, the point of a tribute is to honor and remember the dead. Not sound exactly them. Please pull your heads out of your asses.
Yeah, never a fan of IWALY - and it's a shame it's such a massive behemoth signature song, as she's not exactly short of others. It's all about Dolly.
isn't there a version where a man sings the song?
The only man I can hear singing this song is Willie Nelson.
Jennifer did her best. The tribute was near the end of the show so her nerves were shot by then thinking about it. She took a couple breaths during the song and slowed down because of the nerves.
I wonder how much money Dolly has made from that one song.
I'd love to know that too R107.
I'm pretty sure a man sings it in the movie?
Was it just me, or did everyone see the tape of Whitney giving JHud her Grammy a bit more than a year ago? Very very clearly, Whitney was BLASTED on something. She could barely get her mouth around the words.
[quote]I'm pretty sure a man sings it in the movie?
Yes, a version by John Doe is heard playing from a jukebox in one scene of The Bodyguard.
Dolly wrote that song for her *13th* album in 1973. Damn, she's been around a long time.
I was so amazed to see these positive remarks about this supposed singer. And don't believe she deserved the OSCAR. That is supposed to be for talent. Not for being the best of such a mediocre film with another certain type of films to appease This sector. The only way she got it was the other movies that year sucked more than her voice, and over acting. Whitney deserved much better than that and J "no talent" Hudson, was on Pierce Morgan and was described as the next Whitney "really?". What Illegal drugs has Clive Davis been using. She has a commercial that sucks and I have to run to turn off that Screeching Noise down. Is it a fact or not that African Americans appreciate her "talent", more than white America does?. And how long is it going to be before she has a "HIT". She hasn't had one before.
OP give her a break! She is currently testifying at her family's murder trial. She's lucky to be singing at all.
r112 = Beyonce
I'm not a fan of the hunt and peck style of singing. The melody will do just fine.
Agreed. just loud.
Hey her brother was killed shut up
You are pathetic. Have some class about your words; especially towards other people...even if you didn't like the performance.