Jennifer Hudson honoured Whitney Houston's life with the best tribute of all tonight.
The 30-year-old singer took the stage at tonight's 54th Annual Grammy Awards to sing an an a cappella of Houston's hit I Will Always Love You.
A lone spotlight beamed down on the American Idol alum after the artists and music industry executives who have passed away in the last year were paid their respects in a video montage.
Emotional moment: Jennifer Hudson reacts on stage after performing Whitney Houston's hit 'I Will Always Love You' tonight at the Grammys;
After musical luminaries like Amy Winehouse, rapper Heavy D and Etta James were showcased, Houston was shown wearing a red dress.
Thunderous applause rang through the audience before the room went dark and Hudson's first clear, strong notes rang out.
Hudson stood there looking lovely and svelte in a stunning in a black dress with a black and white striped top.
She sang what could be considered the songbird's most famous hit, written by Dolly Parton for The Bodyguard soundtrack.
Her rendition of the tune was above and beyond perfect, as if Hudson was channeling the recently deceased singer herself.
Indeed, her version was an exact replica of Houston's own performance at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards twenty years ago.
Throughout the song she appeared to be blinking back tears, and when she finished, she finally caved in to her overwhelming emotion.
The audience, of course, went wild.
Houston was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday at the age of 48.
Her passing left the music industry in complete shock, especially as a party she was meant to attend carried on downstairs.
At Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy fete, musicians like Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett and Diddy all gave tribute to the superstar.
The stars have all been vocal about the tragedy that is Houston's passing.
X-Factor UK judge Kelly Rowland said: 'We lost our hero. I would not be standing here today if it was not for her.'
She told E Entertainment: 'My prayers go to her mother and her daughter. If we feel this loss I can only imagine how heavy their loss is.'
Kelly Osbourne also remembered Houston, telling her E Entertainment co-hosts that the I Will Always Love You star was always kind to her.
She told the American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest: 'I knew her personally and she really was a lovely woman.'