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Whitney Houston: Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson Pay Tribute

Singer Whitney Houston received a final Grammy sendoff with a special tribute attended by daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and A-listers like Britney Spears and Jennifer Hudson.

“Extra’s” Terri Seymour caught up with the stars to find out their favorite memories of Whitney. Britney told Terri, “I remember being really nervous [to meet Whitney for the first time]. I was walking around barefoot backstage and they were like, ‘That's Whitney Houston's room and I was like, ‘Oh my God I have to go in there.’”

Jennifer, who performed a medley of "I'm Every Woman," "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” was “speechless” the first time she met Houston.
Hudson gushed, “Oh my God, I was speechless the first time I met Whitney. She came over and spoke to me and she said, ‘Wait, stop, it's you. You're the one’… I couldn't even speak.” 

L.L. Cool J also recalled fond memories of his friend. “One time she saw me with my pant leg rolled up. She said ‘L.L., you got that from my husband.’ I said ‘Na, na, na -- your husband got that from me!’ Bobby [Brown] you know that's true.”
Bobbi Kristina attended with fiancé Nick Gordon. The couple tweeted photos from their night out, including one with the caption, “On our way to #TheTribute to mommy (: wish us luck ! #ROCKINRedCarpet (;.” Whitney's mother, Cissy, and brother Gary were noticeably absent, however, sister-in-law Pat was there.


The celebration, called “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,” included a heartfelt introduction by Halle Berry and performances by artists like Usher and gospel singers Cece Winans and Yolanda Adams.
Watch the special Nov. 16 on CBS.