Stars shine in Whitney trib­ute

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS ANGELES — Jen­nifer Hudson em­bod­ied the look of one of her idols, Whitney Hous­ton, dur­ing a trib­ute to the late singer in Los Angeles.

Rock­ing a pom­padour and glit­tery jacket rem­i­nis­cent of Hous­ton’s stage cos­tumes from the 1980s, Hudson belted out a med­ley of Hous­ton’s hits Thurs­day at the Nokia The­atre for We Will Al­ways Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Hous­ton, which will air as a TV spe­cial next month.

Hous­ton died in Fe­bru­ary at 48 from ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing com­pli­cated by drug use and heart dis­ease.

Brit­ney Spears, LL Cool J, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Hen­son, CeCe Wi­nans and Yolanda Adams also par­tic­i­pated in the mu­si­cal trib­ute.

Spears said she’s al­ways been “a huge fan” of Hous­ton’s, adding, “I think that her voice is bet­ter than God.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Yolanda Adams and Cece Wi­nans look at im­age of Hous­ton af­ter per­form­ing.

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