Last night, the Grammy Awards basically dedicated the show to Whitney Houston by making sure her name was never far from the mouths of presenters. Beginning with an opening prayer from host, LL Cool J, and with random mentions throughout the night. I loved the thoughtfulness they showed, especially with so little time. And the main tribute in the show came with did a tribute for Whitney Houston in the form of Jennifer Hudson singing a very understated but beautiful version of I Will Always Love You. J-Hud showed great restraint and sand Whitney’s signature song with such poise. My eyes sweated a little more than I wanted it to.
I might be in the minority in this but I thought it was a good enough tribute for Whitney for now. I didn’t want the Grammys to attempt an epic tribute in 24 hours and fail epically. The rush wouldn’t have pleased anyone, and most people who should perform in honor of our legend are probably not even ready for it.
What I’d really like is for a real tribute to be done befitting of Whitney Houston’s legacy, in 2 weeks to a month. People will not be done grieving for her, but they’d have time to process it before being expected to get on a stage and perform. It needs to be nothing short of amazing, with some of the industry’s best vocalists paying homage by singing Whitney’s top songs. It would be awesome if Oprah directed it or played a major part. Clive Davis should produce it and pick the songs to be performed. Quincy Jones needs to make an appearance and direct a massive choir/orchestra.
And the most important piece of this tribute will be getting the right lineup of voices to bless us with Whitney songs throughout the 2 hours. My pick of vocalists is: Brandy, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Cece Winans, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Adele, Celine Dion, Monica, Jennifer Hudson, and Kim Burrell. Christina Aguilera can be in the mix too, if told that she can’t do runs for 30 minutes straight. ALL of these voices paying tribute to Whitney’s memory would render even the strongest of thugs emotional. Suge Knight would be somewhere calling his mama and doing the ugly cry.
But that lineup is of legends and newbies alike, whose voices make us wanna kick down chairs and do holy ghost stomps. It’s only right that they give us the All Stars for the occasion. And Kim Burrell is a MUST! Not only because her voice makes me wanna run down a church pew with high knees, but because Whitney LOVED her. Kim did a tribute for Whitney at the 2012 BET Honors, and Nippy spent the whole time standing up and pacing because she was so touched! Yes, LAWD. Watch below and get everything you need.
Kim took Whitney to church in that auditorium. Come on and SANG for Jesus and the BET consumers, Kim!!
One thing I’d like to request is that BET not touch this tribute. They’d do something silly and I’ma have to write a sternly-worded letter to Debra Lee. And who wants that? Not nobody. Also, they better not even think about including Lady Gaga. I don’t even want her to introduce the performers. I’m not here for the gimmicks. I AM NOT HERE FOR THAT.
So yes. Universe, I need you to make this tribute happen. Team effort. Make it so epic that I DVR it and never delete. Make it so dope that I go buy the physical DVD so I can watch it over and over again. Please and thanks.
No other voice can touch Whitney’s but the celebration of her life can be amazing. Just get the right people. Who else should be in this tribute? Did I miss any important folks who should be sanging? Are my expectations too high? What say you?