February 15th, 2012
11:49 AM ET
"Glee" was already planning to cover Whitney Houston on Tuesday's episode - the show's first time doing so, star Matthew Morrison told CNN - but the performance has since also turned into a tribute.
Keeping in tune with Valentine's Day, the episode featured plenty of love songs, and Amber Riley's character Mercedes ended up belting out "I Will Always Love You" to her love interest/ex, Sam.
The actress, who turns 26 today, said after last night's show, "OK, I got through it, only minimal tears. I hope you are proud Ms. Houston. [T]hanks guys for the kind words."
Here's a clip of Riley's performance in case you missed it (forewarning - you might need to have some tissues at the ready):
When some suggested Saturday that Riley was a good choice to sing at Houston's Grammy tribute, Riley admitted she wasn't sure if she could make it through without crying.
Jennifer Hudson, who was tapped to assist in Sunday's Grammys tribute and turned in a moving rendition of "I Will Always Love You," was also visibly emotional during her performance.
She told CNN in a statement of being asked to sing, “It was the greatest honor of my life to be able to be the one to pay tribute to Whitney’s memory. It was from my heart. I haven’t stopped crying since she passed. Her family is in my prayers.”
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