Clive Davis: 'Whitney Houston Wanted The Music To Go On'
Whitney Houston's producer and mentor Clive Davis went ahead with his pre-Grammy Awards party on Saturday just hours after the star's death because he was sure she "would have wanted the music to go on."
Reports suggest Davis considered missing his annual bash after hearing the sad news, but arrived and addressed guests mourning the loss of the superstar, who had been due to attend the event.
Houston died in her hotel suite above them at the Beverly Hilton hotel and her body was still on the property for much of the party.
Davis said he was "devastated" by the tragedy and revealed, "Whitney was so full of life," adding, "She was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare."
The music mogul admitted he had considered cancelling his party, but added, "Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on."
Tony Bennett then took to the stage to kick off the night's musical performances and he paid tribute to Houston, as well other great singers who have died in recent years.
He told guests, "First, Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston. I'd like to have every gentleman and lady in this room to get the government to legalize drugs."
His statement suggested Houston's passing hours before was drug related, but there is no official cause of death as WENN goes to press.
The night also included tributes from other guest performers including Alicia Keys, who revealed Houston was a major influence on her as she was growing up.
She told the audience, "I started to think back, think about just how much this person has touched my life. It's incredible how you can be a little girl growing up watching this incredibly beautiful woman... Who was a girl at the time, too. I'm talking about Whitney here..." before breaking into Houston's hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".
Rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs also made a speech about the late singer, telling the crowd, "Whitney Houston, simply put, had the greatest voice in the world. She was a gift of God. Hearing her sing was like listening to magic. If it wasn't for Clive Davis, the world may not have known about this miracle voice."
Other guests at Davis' somber party included Neil Young, Tom Hanks, Britney Spears and songwriters David Foster and Dianne Warren.
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