In a case of stunning coincidence, Glee will move forward with plans to feature a performance of Whitney Houston’s signature ballad “I Will Always Love You” by Amber Riley on Tuesday’s episode. Musical director Adam Anders has told Rolling Stone that Riley’s already scheduled performance will serve as an immediate tribute to Houston, with the hope for a full tribute episode at a later date. “It’s kind of eerie,” Matthew Morrison told E! News of the timing of Houston’s death and the show’s upcoming hour. Sources tell the E! that Glee producers are considering adding a title card at the beginning or conclusion of the episode to honor Houston’s legacy. Along with the reported performance by Jennifer Hudson at tonight’s Grammy Awards, Glee‘s rendition of “I Will Always Love You” (embedded below) are just the beginning of what will likely be a slew of Houston tributes in the days and weeks to come.
Meanwhile, Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film and Houston’s first feature-length acting project in 16 years, will maintain its August 17 release date. The film costars Jordin Sparks, Cee Lo Green and Derek Luke, with original music written by R. Kelly. As an actress, Houston is best known for her role in the 1992 film The Bodyguard, for which she earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Song (“I Have Nothing,” “Run To You”). Filming on the project has wrapped, with executive producer Howard Rosenman telling The Los Angeles Times that Houston was “unbelievably fantastic” following the screening of a rough cut.