BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Days after her triumphant return to the spotlight with her Super Bowl appearance, Jennifer Hudson is booked for Grammy-related events, including a party honoring music mogul Clive Davis.
The singer rehearsed for the Saturday party on Thursday night, singing her hit "Spotlight." Hudson and Davis embraced during the rehearsal.
Davis said Hudson specifically asked to be included in the evening, in which the Recording Academy is honoring the legendary music producer and executive.
"Very touchingly, she called me when she read of my lifetime achievement award, (and said) that she wanted to be part of it, that she wanted to come back with her musical life, so, of course, that is touching," he says. He added that Hudson will also be performing a surprise duet "that people won't see elsewhere."
Hudson is up for four awards at the Grammys and will also perform on the Sunday broadcast. The Oscar-winner is returning to the spotlight this month after being in seclusion since the October slayings of her mother, brother and nephew in Chicago. Her estranged brother-in-law has been charged in the killings.
Other performers at the Davis party are to include the Kings of Leon and Whitney Houston, who is expected to release her long-awaited comeback album this year.
"There's going to be many artists getting up there to party and, hopefully, just doing what they do best, which is to dazzle," Davis said.
By Melinda Newman, The Associated Press
The surprise duet was ....
Yes! Barry, and they sang my favorite song - Weekend in New England. I wish there was a video out there.