We’ve already heard from Dolly Parton about Whitney Houston’s death, but the country music legend felt compelled to release a second statement praising Jennifer Hudson’s Grammy Awards rendition of Houston’s most famous hit, ‘I Will Always Love You’ (penned and originally recorded by Parton, of course).
The 66-year-old Parton says she was “brought to tears” by Hudson’s cover:
“I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney. Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you.”
The song was recorded by Houston as part of The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992, and since then has widely been considered her defining track. Sadly, she made little money from the song itself, with royalties going to Parton instead.
Still, the power of the song clearly remains for many fans, Parton included. Below is an audio of Hudson’s Grammys cover version in full – does it have the same effect on you?