Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute To Leonard Cohen, Whitney Houston At Tribeca

Jennifer Hudson rocked up a storm at the Tribeca Film Festival opening in front of a dynamic crowd on Wednesday, April 19.

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Hudson, 35, kicked off her mini-set with a cover of Canadian Leonard Cohen’s iconic “Hallelujah”. Afterwards the singer said without Whitney Houston, “there would be no Jennifer Hudson,” before busting out renditions of Houston’s “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

Other performers at New York’s Radio City Hall included Barry Manilow, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Dionne Warwick, Carly Simon, and Aretha Franklin.

The live concert followed the world premiere of the new Clive Davis documentary, “The Soundtrack Of Our Lives”, which outlines the music man’s incredible career and his relationship with Houston. In addition to footage of Houston’s first television appearance, “The Soundtrack Of Our Lives” includes an early demo of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.

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The documentary also dives into his working relationship with others artists like Barry Manilow, whom Davis helped turn into a top-selling recording artist. It also shows how he helped resurrect the careers of both Warwick and Franklin, the latter of whom closed the impromptu tribute concert.

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