Whitney Houston honored with star-studded tribute

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Tonight Whitney Houston will be honored by the Grammys with a star-studded tribute: We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston. Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, CeCe Winans and others shared their memories of the iconic entertainer and performed some of her greatest hits during a taping last month at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

“She inspired a generation of little girls and women to believe in their own dream and to know that they had within themselves the greatest gift of all. I was one of those little girls who then became a woman who never ever, ever, stopped loving Whitney Houston,” Berry said onstage during a tearful introduction.

Bobbi Kristina, her boyfriend  Nick Gordon, and Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston were seated front row at the event.

Jennifer Hudson rocked a 1980’s look while performing a medley of Houston’s uptempo hits, including “I’m Every Woman,” “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Usher performed “I Believe in You and Me,” and gospel legends CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams delivered a stirring rendition of “Count On Me.”

The one-hour CBS special will be airs tonight at 10 pm ET/PT.

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