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Sincere prayer on a Hollywood stage? You don't see that every day, but Sunday was not an average day. At the beginning of the 2012 Grammy Awards, host LL Cool J paid tribute to Whitney Houston, who died the previous day at 48.

"There's no way around this," he said, addressing a silent crowd. "We've had a death in our family, and so at least for me, the only thing that feels right is to begin with a prayer for a woman we loved, for our fallen sister, Whitney Houston."

Watch LL Cool J's prayer for Whitney Houston below:

After the NCIS: Los Angeles star finished, a video of Houston singing her hit "I Will Always Love You" played. "Whitney, we will always love you," he continued.

"And we'll remember you the best way we know how – with a song."

Jennifer Hudson's performance of the song honored Houston later in the telecast.

What did you think of LL's prayerful tribute?

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by Free Britney at

With Whitney Houston's death taking place less than 36 hours before the show, you knew the Grammy Awards would feature a moving tribute Sunday night.

Jennifer Hudson delivered that and then some.

On a darkened stage where Houston had performed many times before, in front of artists who will remember her as an unforgettable talent and influence, on music's biggest night, Houston was honored with one of her most biggest hits.

Here's Jennifer Hudson performing "I Will Always Love You" ...

Whitney's memory and Hudson's poised, powerful and understated rendering of the song brought audience members to their feet at L.A.'s Staples Center.

The performance came at the end of the 2012 Grammys' in memoriam segment, and she shined. Could anyone have done it better than Jennifer?

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