Dolly Parton  appears in a scene from the 2012 film Joyful Noise. / Jennifer Hudson performs I Will Always Love You during the In Memoriam portion of the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. - Provided courtesy of Alcon Film Fund / AP / Matt Syles

Dolly Parton ‘brought to tears’ by Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston at the Grammys

“I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney,” Parton said in a statement obtained by on February 13.

Houston became famous for the song, which was recorded for “The Bodyguard” soundtrack in 1992. Houston’s version spent 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“Like everybody else, I am still in shock [about Houston’s death]. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind,” Parton added. “I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world.”

Houston died at age 48 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards. Hudson was picked at the last minute to sing “I Will Always Love You,” in honor of Houston during the “In Memoriam” segment of the show.

The “American Idol” alum was presented with a Grammy by Houston at the 2009 ceremony and whose long-ranging voice has been compared to the late singer’s. Hudson also performed a tribute to Houston at the 2010 BET Honors in Washington in 2010.

Grammy Award host LL Cool J also kicked off the ceremony with a special prayer for Houston and her family.