One British newspaper referred to Jennifer Hudson as a true professional.

I agree but I think she showed so much more. I think she showed courage for coming forward to even attempt that performance.  Think about it, has any major star ever passed away roughly 24 hours before their industries major award show? Let alone someone relatively young for a occupation that has seen many divas performing into their eighties. Even with the sad history of drug abuse this was not expected. Because of this, this years Grammy’s could expect a huge, even record audience. The focus of all that would climax with the vocal tribute near the end of the evening.

I don’t know Ms. Hudson’s history with Whitney Houston, though I understand she was friends with her. Many people with nothing more in common than her music were deeply moved emotionally.  Ms. Hudson surely had that to work pass. The other performers and acts that went on that night have had days or weeks to rehearse. Ms. Hudson had less than 24 hours. I know very little about music but I know that even for one song that she may have sung before, to sing it well and to the standard set by Whitney Houston on that same stage, hours of rehearsal would be needed.

If she had declined to attempt it, was there someone else who could or would have stepped in? Was a video montage being prepared? Someday I’d be interested in hearing the story behind the decisions that had to be made during those 24 hours. But Ms. Hudson attempted it, she stood up in front of the whole world and she did it. Perfectly.


All my respect.


About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. Tea Party supporter. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read.
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