Glee's Amber Riley sings it two days after Jennifer Hudson's Grammy tribute

By Aaron Parsley
Updated February 15, 2012 09:20 AM
Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Landov; Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Jennifer Hudson nailed “I Will Always Love You” by the late Whitney Houston in an emotional musical tribute at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. But on Tuesday, Glee‘s Amber Riley also had a turn singing the icon’s biggest hit.

On the Valentine’s Day episode of Fox’s hit musical show, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) gives the glee clubbers an assignment to sing romantic songs.

When Riley’s character, Mercedes, has a realization in one of her God Squad meetings about her love life, she tells the football player she’s been dating, Shane (LaMarcus Tinker), about cheating with Sam, played by Chord Overstreet. She also tells Sam she doesn’t want to be in a relationship with him anymore.

“What I did to Shane was wrong. I lied. I cheated. It makes me feel awful. I love you but being with you just reminds me of that,” she says. “I’m not the person I thought I was. I thought I’d never do that to Shane. But I have to face the truth. When it comes to love I don’t know who I am. Until I find out I can’t be with anyone.”

Sam walks away and Mercedes breaks into “I Will Always Love You.”

Riley, who turns 26 on Wednesday, was clearly a fan of Hudson’s performance of the song.

“That was absolutely beautiful Jennifer Hudson. Absolutely beautiful! Made me smile. Great tribute,” she Tweeted on Sunday.

For more on the life and tragic early death of Whitney Houston, including her marriage to Bobby Brown and her erratic final days, pick up this week’s PEOPLE