February 12th, 2012
12:05 AM ET
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of this year's Grammy Awards, tells CNN that the ceremony will pay respects to Whitney Houston, and the Vice President for the Recording Academy, Barb Dehgan, confirms that Jennifer Hudson will take part.
"Whitney was a multi-Grammy winner, she appeared on the show a number of times. We're very saddened, and we don't want to rush into anything that wouldn't be respectful," Ehrlich said.
"I've asked Jennifer Hudson to come, and we're really at this moment talking about what she's going to do," he continued. "It's going to be something respectful. It's not going to be a full-blown tribute, that's too early and it's too fresh at this moment. It's going to be something respectful to Whitney's memory."
The script has been tweaked "to make sure the tone is right," he added. "Our show celebrates music of the past year, and is known not only just for the past year [in music] but the past years of American popular music. There are some shifts that we wanted to make script-wise that probably make it a little more appropriate."
Even with those changes, "It's still going to be a great music show. Knowing Whitney like I did, she was a great artist and a great performer, and she knew the importance of thrilling an audience, and that's what we plan to do."
Sadly, Whitney Houston will never get to see her latest film, "Sparkle," thrill moviegoers when it makes it to the big screen.
The 48-year-old entertainer had signed on to play opposite Jordin Sparks in the remake of the 1976 film, and recently wrapped the project. The story is loosely based on The Supremes, and follows three sisters who have to face the difficulties that come along with fame as their singing careers take off.
Sparks portrays the titular character, Sparkle, one of the three Williams sisters, and Houston played their mother, Emma.
As of now, the studio plans to release "Sparkle" in August of this year.
A spokesman for Sony Pictures tells CNN in a statement, "Like all those who knew and loved her, we are shocked and saddened and the world has lost an incomparable talent. Right now our thoughts are with her daughter, her family and her friends."
The film's producer, Bishop T.D. Jakes, asked in a statement for the "world to join us in lifting up Whitney's family in prayer and ask God for their strength and comfort during this devastatingly difficult time."
"At the apex of her career, Whitney had no peer, with a voice that shaped a generation," the statement said. "She has left behind a musical and film legacy that will endure.... she will be sorely missed by us all."
Elsewhere, Fox's hit "Glee" will also pay tribute to Houston this week with their first ever Whitney Houston rendition. Star Amber Riley will perform "I Will Always Love You" as part of the program's Valentine's Day episode, Riley's co-star Matthew Morrison said.
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