Whitney Houston Tribute: Watch LeAnn Rimes’ Emotional Performance of “I Will Always Love You”
“I lost it just talking about her and the impact she had on my life before I even began to sing. It made it almost impossible. The tribute to her came from my heart, which was truly broken like the rest if the world,” Rimes told E! News exclusively.
What the footage—taken at Rimes’ Reno performance Saturday night, just hours after Houston was found dead—lacks in visual clarity, it more than makes up for with the power of LeAnn’s voice.
Even more touching is that an obviously emotional Rimes has to temporarily pause from belting out the song, only to regain her composure—with help from an encouraging audience—and ultimately finish the tune.
“I can’t stop crying,” LeAnn tweeted before the performance. “I have a show to do soon. Wow, I learned how to do what I do because of 3 great women, one being Whitney. She was always so kind to me. This is not gonna be an easy show for sure. I’m doing what she taught me to do by listening to her records over & over as a little girl. Her death is very surreal.”