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Best: Jennifer Hudson sings 'I Will Always Love You'
The pressure of trying to sing a song like "I Will Always Love You" is one thing. Add the pressure of saluting your childhood icon who has only passed away a day before in front of thousands of people? That's a mountain of pressure very few of us could handle (and one reason Chaka Kahn decided not to appear). After reports of having trouble keeping it together during rehearsals, Jennifer Hudson delivered a rendition to move even the coldest hearts. One Grammy icon's light fades as an Oscar winner's legend grows.
- Gregory Ellwood