Photo Courtesy of GucciSinger Jennifer Hudson attended the Gucci and GRAMMY Museum event Saturday to help launch the collaboration between the museum and the revered fashion brand. The partnership is heading up The Music Preservation Program, a mission which the GRAMMY Museum has been dedicated to since its debut in 2008. To commemorate the event, Hudson helped Gucci and The GRAMMY Museum by sporting the new I-Gucci GRAMMY® Museum watch.
Designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, the GRAMMY Museum variant is the third timepiece in the collection, featuring a striking black and yellow dial with coordinating black rubber strap overlaid with metallic anthracite Guccissima patent calf leather.
As the latest edition to the Gucci - GRAMMY Collection, the I-Gucci ‘GRAMMY Museum’ timepiece — a variant of the I-Gucci XXL Sport — offers a range of technical elements, including digital time and dual time-zone display, date and alarm, a dual chronograph movement, a countdown timer, tachymeter, as well as two unique sports settings designed to be used when timing regattas.
During the celebrated occasion, just hours before the news broke that Whitney Houston had passed away in a Beverly Hills hotel, Hudson sang a powerful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah."
Onstage, the singer told museum director Bob Santelli how deeply Whitney’s music had influenced her, especially early in her own musical career. Hudson spoke about the breadth and power of Houston’s voice, qualities which Hudson has strived to emulate in her own singing.
“Who would present me with my first is the third timepiece of the Gucci GRAMMY collection.GRAMMY,” Hudson said. “Whitney Houston herself — that almost overshadowed getting the GRAMMY."
During the 54th GRAMMY celebration the following day, Hudson saluted the deceased singer with the performance of a heartfelt version of Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”