After posting yesterday that I find the notion of a new Whitney Houston Greatest Hits package rather distasteful, there’s mightily more respectful news to report. CBS will air a one-hour tribute special on November 16, with top-notch vocalists Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson performing. Usher will also sing… (How’d you like my little Usher dig there? Get it?)
It’s going to be fascinating to hear what Celine might sing. Few vocalists could dare take Whit’s signature “I Will Always Love You,” and yet both Hudson and Dion could nail that baby. Apparently, Jenn has previously performed it in tribute to Houston, so perhaps it will be handed to Celine. Man, I’ll be crying like a baby over that performance.
“We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” will tape October 11 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The special will also include Houston’s “most memorable performances” and interviews with various artists. More performers will be announced. Bravo! Whitney died in February. The new compilation will be released November 13. *