Last year, we lost some of entertainment's finest artists, including Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, Robin Williams and many others. At the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 22), Jennifer Hudson graced the stage to sing a tribute and honor those in the acting and performance community that passed away in 2014.

During the "In Memoriam" montage at the Oscars, J.Hud performed "I Can't Let Go," which is an original song from NBC's short-lived musical TV series Smash. People forget that Hudson is one of the best live singers in popular music and she often gives a reminder in her multiple award show appearances.

This time, Hudson, who is an Oscar winner herself, did a powerful rendition of "I Can't Let Go." Before she performed the song, the 33-year-old songbird told the audience, "This is for all the people who shared their talents and lives with us -- we are forever changed."

Again, it makes sense why the Oscar producers would pick Jennifer Hudson for this touching tribute to the Hollywood's greats who left this earth. Watch the video above to see for yourself.

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