There was a haunting tribute to Whitney Houston by Jennifer Hudson at Sunday's Grammy® Awards.
Hudson fought back tears as the audience rose to its feet in a standing ovation. Throughout the awards show, music's biggest stars paid homage to Houston.
Alicia Keys declared, "We love Whitney Houston."
The legendary Stevie Wonder said, "I just want to say, to Whitney up in heaven, we all love you Whitney Houston."
Singer Bruno Mars even paused in the middle of his performance to pay tribute to Houston.
Host LL Cool J kicked off the night, striking a respectful tone.
"We have had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer," the host told the audience.
LL Cool J told INSIDE EDITION on the red carpet, "We want to show Whitney the love and appreciation she deserves and to take that moment to give people a minute to grieve."
And the usual glitz and glamour of the red carpet was also restrained by grief.
INSIDE EDITION's Lisa Guerrero reported from the red carpet and said, "The mood was somber and some of music's biggest superstars were visably shaken."
Cyndi Lauper told Guerrero, "It's somber and I know that she was trying, she was trying and she didn't win. She couldn't beat the demons."
"The first thing I thought about was I lost a friend," said Billy Ray Cyrus.
Miranda Lambert said, "To me she represents everything a female artist should be. Just with her acting, everything she accomplished in her career."
Guerrero asked Bonnie Raitt if there was a specific song from Houston that resinated with Raitt, she replied, "I Will Always Love You."
As the music world honored its fallen superstar, it also showered its newest star, Adele, with six awards, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year. She tied Beyoncé for most wins by a female artist.
It was a triumphant return to the stage for the soulful singer, who recently underwent career-saving surgery on her vocal cords. During her performance, she certainly proved, she still has the pipes to deliver.
Rihanna hit the stage soon after ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who assaulted her three years ago over Grammy® weekend. But they never came face-to-face.
The music world has clearly forgiven Brown, awarding him Best R&B album.
But there's no doubt, the emotional highlight of the night was Hudson's stirring performance. Back in 2009, she received her first Grammy® from Houston. Now she was honoring her with this rendition of her greatest hit.