Tomorrow night's Glee episode was shot before Whitney Houston's death, but producers have found a way to dedicate the hour to the late great musical icon.
A rep for 20th Century, the studio that produces Glee, just confirmed to us:
"Purely coincidentally, the episode contains Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing 'I Will Always Love You,' the Dolly Parton song Houston made famous in The Bodyguard. The producers have decided to dedicate the episode to Houston's memory with a card in the end credits."
Listen to Riley's soulful rendition below.
Riley told our Marc Malkin she met Houston for the first time on Thursday. "I didn't need her to take a picture with me. I didn't need an autograph. The fact that she even acknowledged that I was standing there was enough for me," she said.
"I was very broken up [on Sunday]," Riley continued. "My dad actually called me and told me. He was like, 'Are you driving because I'll need you to pull over,' because he knows how much I love Whitney Houston."
On tomorrow night's Glee, we'll learn more about who Riley's character Mercedes loves, as she weighs her feelings between Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Shane (LaMarcus Tinker), which is the impetus for her singing Houston's version of her seminal song.
Glee airs tomorrow night (Valentine's Day) on Fox.