Jennifer Hudson leads moving Broadway tribute to Prince

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the "The Color Purple" Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the "The Color Purple" Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

Credit: Mark Sagliocco

Credit: Mark Sagliocco

Prince’s friend, Jennifer Hudson, led the cast in the moving rendition.

“I did not expect to have to speak tonight, but God has his way,” Hudson told the audience. “As we all know, today we lost a legend. Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine, Prince, who was dear to all of us.”

Prince died Thursday at Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota.

Hudson also honored Whitney Houston at the 54th Grammy Awards, shortly after Houston's death. There, Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You.”