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Jennifer Hudson to perform tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammy Awards tonight (February 12)

Troubled singer died aged 48 yesterday (11)

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A tribute to late singer Whitney Houston has been added to the bill at tonight's (February 12) Grammy Awards.

Jennifer Hudson will perform at the ceremony to honour the troubled singer, who was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton yesterday (11).

The cause of Houston's death has not yet been disclosed, although US gossip site TMZ has claimed prescription drugs were present in the room and it was possible the 48-year-old drowned in the bath.

According to Grammy.com, full details of the tribute to Houston have not yet been announced but Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, which produces the show, commented:
A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

Houston had enjoyed success at the Grammy Awards in the past, winning the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female award in 1985 for 'Saving All My Love For You' and again in 1987 for 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)'. In 1993. meanwhile, she triumphed three times, winning Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Record Of The Year for 'I Will Always Love You', and Album Of The Year for 'The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack'. She claimed her last Grammy in 1999, meanwhile, for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for 'It's Not Right But It's Okay'.

Whitney Houston, who sold 200 million albums worldwide, famously battled drug addiction throughout her career. She leaves behind one child, Bobbi Kristina, whose father is her ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown. The pair were married from 1992 until 2007.

Born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, she went on to release her debut, self-titled album in 1985. She released seven albums in all, her last being 2009's 'I Look To You'. Brought up in a musical family, her mother Cissy Houston is a soul and gospel singer and her cousin is Dionne Warwick. Houston's godmother is Aretha Franklin.

Producer Quincy Jones said of Houston's death: "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

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