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Jennifer Hudson embodied the look of one of her idols, Whitney Houston, during a tribute to the late singer put on by Grammy organizers.

Rocking a pompadour and glittery jacket reminiscent of Houston’s stage costumes from the 1980s, Miss Hudson belted out a medley of Houston’s hits Thursday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,” which will air as a TV special next month.

“She has been a huge part of my life musically,” Miss Hudson said. “She’s just been like this outline, this blueprint for myself.”

Britney Spears, LL Cool J, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Usher, CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams also participated in the musical tribute.

Miss Spears said she’s always been “a huge fan” of Houston’s.

“I think she’s amazing,” Miss Spears said. “And I think that her voice is better than God. I just, I love her.”

Houston died at 48 the night before the Grammy Awards in February from accidental drowning complicated by drug use and heart disease. LL Cool J honored her at the awards ceremony in February but said Thursday that the singer’s musical contributions merit more.

“The time that we spent remembering Whitney at the Grammys wasn’t really enough for her career,” he said. “Even though it was wonderful, and I got to say the prayer, and I got to address her death, her career was larger than just a few segments. You need a whole show to celebrate a career like Whitney Houston’s.”

The tribute is set to air as an hourlong special on CBS on Nov. 13.

Anthony Bourdain roasted by celebrity chefs

It’s comeuppance time for Anthony Bourdain. And by his tally, he deserves his lickings.

Mr. Bourdain may have earned his culinary fame eating his way around the globe, but he built his bad-boy persona in part with searing assessments of fellow celebrity chefs.

And Thursday evening, they shot back during a raunch-laden comedy roast of Mr. Bourdain held at the start of the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

“I figured I would actually have the easiest time of anyone,” said Food Network star — and longtime victim of Mr. Bourdain’s verbal lashings — Rachael Ray. “I don’t have to write jokes. I don’t have to write insults. If you ask the man of the hour in the hot seat, my mere existence is clearly insult enough.”

Mr. Bourdain shot to culinary fame with his 2000 memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” a brash and blunt account of his early — and drug-soaked — days in the food world.

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