[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm] was at the Beverly Hilton to attend Clive Davis’ Grammy Party, and passed away 4-hours before.
While most assumed the party would be canceled since Clive and Whitney were so close, it went on anyway!
Find out what happened, what Clive had to say, and about a Grammy tribute to her on Sunday night’s show.
Clive Davis was responsible for starting Whitney Houston’s career, and in her darkest years stood by her side, helped her, and continued to work with her musically until the time of her passing.
Those close to Clive say he was “devastated” over the news, and while he spent the evening at his home surrounded by family and close friends, he did make a guest appearance at his own party to ask for a moment of silence.
Here’s what he said:
By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years.
Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.
My heart goes out to her daughter [Bobbi Kristina], to her mother Cissy, to all of her relatives and to so many of you here tonight, her extended family who loved and cherished her and her spirit.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.
I ask that you join me in a moment of silence as we dedicate this evening to Whitney.
Grammy organizers confirm that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jennifer Hudson[/lastfm] will be doing a tribute to Whitney in tonight’s show. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chaka Khan[/lastfm] is believed to be joining her as well.