Whitney Houston Remembered at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party

Brandy and Monica

The mood at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party turned from celebratory to somber after Whitney Houston’s tragic passing. Celebrities gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills—the same hotel where the singer was found dead hours earlier—for the annual affair. While there were initial reports that the party had been canceled, it went on as planned, with Houston’s colleagues pouring out to celebrate the life of the 48-year-old legend.

Whitney’s longtime mentor and close friend Clive Davis took the stage to share a few words and take a moment of silence. “By now, sadly, you’ve all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing,” he said. “I don’t have to mask my emotions, not in front of this room full of so many dear friends. I do have a very heavy heart and I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me after so many years.”

He continued, “Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence so many times, giving so many memorable performances here over the years. So simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”

Some of the voices she inspired including Alicia Keys paid tribute to Houston during their performances. “It’s incredible—from being a little girl growing up watching this beautiful, incredible woman, who was a girl at the time too. I’m talking about Whitney, ya’ll. And I’d be like, ‘Ohhh, I wanna dance with somebody.’”

Other performers included Diana Ross, Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, Tony Bennett, Pitbull with Ne-Yo, and Wiz Khalifa with Miguel (“Young, Wild & Free”). Brandy and Monica, who were originally scheduled to duet, did not perform.

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21 Comments

  1. Ijusthadsex

    A sad day for the music industry world over

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    RomanReloaded4/3/12 Reply:

    @Ijusthadsex, Maybe god should’ve taken Lil’ Kim…why Whitney?

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    BLAZE Reply:

    @RomanReloaded4/3/12, Your a sad ass bitch to wish death on someone smh at your dumb ass

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    Neon Reply:

    @RomanReloaded4/3/12, I’ve had family relatives make fun of their cousins’ miscarriages, until they’ve had a miscarriage.

    Death will be at your doorstep before you know it.

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  2. Outspoken

    so tragic. RIP Whitney

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  3. SumthinLikeFire

    RIP to ‘The Voice.’ I wish you nothing but peace and happiness in the afterlife. I’m sure your voice has returned to pristine condition in heaven, so sing away mama!

    My heart goes out to her family and friends especially Ms. Cissy, and little Kristina. <3

    The world loves and misses you Whitney! But God loves you more. Take care.

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  4. Jaymalls

    Only if we could sacrifice GIMMICKS like Nicki Minaj for Whitney Houston back????

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    Kawame W. Curry Reply:

    @Jaymalls, Bitch are you serious, Nicki has way more popularity than Whitney these days. Whitney was a has been when she passed away. Minaj is the queen right now.

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    Bee Reply:

    @Jaymalls, Both of you are immature and very disrespectful.
    1)You never wish death upon another person!
    2) Whitney Houston was a true legend. One of the greatest vocalists ever. You cannot call a person who had so much influence and impact (that continues to this day) a “has-been”. Legends and icons are not “has-beens”

    Absolutely despicable.

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    Randy Reply:

    @Jaymalls, hopefully someone says the same thing about your mother when she dies

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  5. Kawame W. Curry

    Anywho, all they were missing was Queen Minaj at this boring ass party. Too bad my girl was in her Barbie Bentley spending millions in Chanel. Brandy and Monica could’nt sing because they’re tired and played out. But Ciara looked decent for a change.

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  6. Kyle

    Wonder why Monica and Brandy didn’t perform? Whitney was very instrumental in both their careers so it was probably very difficult for them. Wasn’t she at their rehearsal the other day? And as I’m typing this, I just remembered that Brandy and Whitney were in a movie together. Damn…

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  7. Jaymalls

    SMH… Only if we could sacrifice GIMMICKS like Nicki Minaj for Whitney Houston & MJ back????

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  8. cougheesista

    NOW!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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  9. RomanReloaded4/3/12

    Why would god take Whitney at least Whitney may have had a chance to come back..Now had he taken Lil’ Kim, then that would be different lol

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  10. RACKSONRACKS

    SO SAD……CIARA LOOKED GORGEOUS!!!! I LOVED HER LOOK

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  11. TRP

    Poor Brandy, she looks sad in that first picture. I’m assuming they felt “It All Belongs To Me”, was inappropriate. They should of let them sing a duet of a Whitney song.

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  12. delapuert

    Except for Brandy, the rest looks so happy. It’s hard to understand how can they smile, with Whitney’s body near…

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  13. nicegirl

    Such a sad day. RIP Whitney…wish you were still here.

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  14. Hugh

    Brandy and Monica looking stunning :)

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  15. Sonya

    Sometimes we smile to keep from crying and losing it. You can’t tell how someone really feels just by looking at a picture.

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