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Whitney Houston death: Chaka Khan pulls out of Grammys tribute

February 12, 2012 |  4:57 pm

Chaka Khan

The death of Whitney Houston before a pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday night not only sent shock waves through the industry, it also left Grammy producers with the tough task of scrambling to assemble a tribute for the fallen icon.

In the hours after Houston's passing, Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich and his team announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a "respectful musical tribute" on the CBS broadcast Sunday. It was reported that Hudson would be joined by soul/funk diva Chaka Khan and possibly others.

Not even an hour before the live show, Khan announced she would be backing out.

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"As I grieve the loss of my friend and 'little sister,' I don't feel it appropriate to perform at this time," the singer tweeted. "Continue to pray for the family"

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Photo: Chaka Khan on Feb. 8 in New York. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

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