Replay: Amber Riley's Whitney Houston cover on 'Glee'
February 15th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Replay: Amber Riley's Whitney Houston cover on 'Glee'

"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 song was pre-planned, and when news broke of Houston's death Saturday, Riley, after expressing her shock, added in a tweet that she was glad to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the singer.

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.”

Filed under: Glee • television • Whitney Houston

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    July 26, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. payday loan

    You can definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Elizabeth

    Wonderful rendition...
    ...but no one can sing it as good as lovely Whit.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    So powerful! I am still teary-eyed, Amber. I have watched maybe 3 episodes of Glee, and missed all but the last part of Amber's performance on TV. Thanks for having this video so that I could see it in its entirety. Simple beautiful!!!

    February 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kaitlyn

    one word: beautiful. ms. houston would be very proud amber. voice like an angel

    February 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yar

    one/half step below, but several steps above everyone who has sang this song. Great Job Amber.

    February 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bonnie

    It was the exact arrangement of the original Ms. houston version, and done with such ease. Expert delievery. What a voice!

    February 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charles

    CORRECTION: Glee's Whitney Houston Cover of Dolly Parton. Dolly did it first, and better.

    February 16, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      Thank you Charles, I was wondering if anybody was going to bring up that Whitney's version is just a cover of Dolly's version which Dolly wrote for a dear friend and mentor, but most of these people aren't old enough to have even seen "The best little wh&%# house in texas" which is a great movie which featured this song with Dolly strolling the property. Dont' get me wrong I love all the versions of this song out there but just making sure everyone knows Dolly Parton wrote it and sang it 1st.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Evin

      Better or worse isn't the point (it's merely a preference on vocal and musical style). What is the point that a lot of people don't realize that Whitney did a cover of Dolly's 1973 song, and apparently a lot of the population believe it's her song. Did it get revived when Whitney covered it, sure it did, but it's still Dolly's song.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inez

      Dolly did great for her type of music, Whintey did AWESOME for hers. Amber was amazing. JHud did a wonderful job, she was fighting emotions.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDiva

      If it was so better than Whitney's version, then why didn't it exceed the charts as Whitney's version did? The music charts and record sells don't lie. Dolly always does a great job, and I am a fan. But let's be real...Whitney blew it out the ballpark; and the sells of her version exceeded way higher than Dolly's version.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bonga

    first time to see her,she's a genius coz made my tears roll after nine years almost coz shes the first US singer i hosted through her tape in my house in nineties precisely coz of I WILL ALWAYS LOV U.Let her know that even in Congo a french speking nation,we're happy that she's honored Whitney valably.Lov u Riley and keep doing it again and again for her memory.Such voices need'nt fade or vanish...BRAVO,les chiens aboient mais la caravanne passe,RIP Houston.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mieka31

    Not a glee fan, but this was awesome! Amber absolutely nailed it! What a fabulous tribute to Whitney!

    February 16, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. WhitneysFriend

    She should of song this on the GRAMMY'S- JHub was not that great

    February 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hemnebob

    it was superb.

    February 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JEJ

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sharon maclean

    great performance

    February 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sasha

    Beautiful job. Although I find some of the facial expressions she makes distracting. The rest of it was pretty and errily timed, although its obvious it was made before Whitney's passing. She still hit it well, the rest of the episode was good, SO excited to see Rachel's dads, the fact that no one has mentioned it yet is just wrong

    February 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Heartfelt

    This is most heartfelt cover of Whitney's song that I have ever heard. Great Job!:) She needs to be signed to a Record deal quick. I love her voice.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Audrey

    I have never seen Glee, but I gotta say that was the best redition, apart from Whitney's, of that song I have ever heard. Absolutely brilliant!

    February 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. hiswife

    Man!! Amazing...I wish she would have done the Grammys because JHud was not that great.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEJ

      I completely agree!

      February 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      I also agree

      February 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJAnnie

      Jennifer Hudsin was wonderful she didnt perform like whitney because she was honoring whitney with a respectful tribute simple and basic she could have very easily brought it just like amber who did a fantastic job.....but the night wasnt about jennifer it was about whitney and jennifer's job was to respectfuly honor whitney not herself.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Conrad

    February 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. SoSoulfulNC

    SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Amber is one of my favs on the show and whenever she sings....I feel it!! I think the creators and producers of Glee need to let her and the chick who plays Santana sing more songs. Out of all the girls on the show...they have the best voices to me. Not taking anything from Lea (Rachel) b/c she can also sing as well but her voice just reminds me of being on Broadway and all her the songs she sings are like that. The past two Glee episodes have been good...keep it up!!

    February 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Crys

    Absolutely stunning... and very moving.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. comment

    she did whitney so much justice. absolutely beautiful. the whole episode was really good in fact, and i loved all the song choices. i know glee hasn't always been the greatest this year, but i hope cnn will start re-capping the episodes again.

    February 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Blu_Rayne

    Awesome performance!

    February 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |

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