Clive Davis received some criticism for continuing to host his pre-Grammys bash after news spread that Whitney Houston had died.
But a year later, Davis tells CNN that he has no regrets.
"Going through with the event that night was a no-brainer. I had spoken with the family," Davis says. "Whether it was the Grammys party or it was the Grammy Awards show the next night, there was never a question that we would not celebrate music in her honor."
According to Davis, who gave Houston a record deal and also served as her mentor, others in town for music's biggest night encouraged him to go on with the gala, so they didn't have to be alone in their devastation.
"I was personally shattered. The audience, I know, was feeling an emotional devastation, but I would say 99 percent of the calls I got said, 'Don’t leave us alone,'" Davis recalls. "'We want to be with each other. We don’t want to sit in our hotel rooms having come from either Europe or across from the East Coast. We want to be with our musical brothers & sisters.' It was never contemplated. There might have been a few people who did not want to attend, and that’s their prerogative. There are no rights or wrongs when such a tragedy occurs, but the room was packed - it was standing room only from beginning to end - the night of music. We did justice to Whitney’s musical heritage and I am really the bearer of her flame."
Davis is hoping this year's event, which is taking place on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton with Miguel as the featured performer, will be a place of community.
"We want an evening that brings back people. I've been doing this for over 35 years and the same people, added by new artists, new energy, come back every year," Davis says. "It's their highlight because you do celebrate music. We've seen Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys on the same stage performing a duet together, or an unlikely pairing like Rod Stewart and Lou Reed. Last year [it] was Jamie Foxx and Diana Ross, so we do prepare and try to bring the best of not only new music ... but also established artists that have nothing to do with the Grammys but that everybody in that room should see and appreciate."
He continued the party when Whitney's body was still in the hotel room. How is that OK? I could never go to a party where there is a dead body on one of the top floors of a hotel, especially if it were someone who was supposed to be loved and admired like Whitney Houston.
BUSINESS AS USUAL.....SHOVE THE BANANA UP HER AZZ....
ENJOY THE DAY.....
i have to go now..my father wants a brashutto sandwich with olives - i have to be nice because he did all the shoveling–lol.
have a nice day!!!!
You to, our fine matey. We are setting sail on the morn looking for treasure. Pirate treasure. We hope ye will join us on this quest. Pirate gold.
3 were there-viv, fina and may-. i like pirate gold. he's nice. you will see the mates together soon!
leave us alone its saturday
read it. thanks
RRRRRRRR Matey. Ye be calling my name. Pirate Jim the swashbuckling man here. I sailed the seven seas to find treasure and am now in Fiji. After I bury me treasure we'll be setting sail for Tahiti. RRRRRRRRRR.
confirm so we can laugh some more today
nobody is money hongry so stfu up -
I hope they reopen the investigation of Whitney's death. There is proof from the coroner's report that she had wounds/marks showing she was resisiting and fighting off intruders. Yes, she was doing drugs and had heart problems, but that's not why she died. Her death was a very quick cover up.
So many of her true fans want to really know what REALLY happened. So much corruption in Hollywood. Clive Davis should be ashamed for having that party while Whitney's lifeless body lie in the same hotel just a few floors above. He wouldn't let them remove her body until after the party. That says it all. The TRUTH will be revealed, either now or in heaven. I don't trust Clive's motives AT ALL!!!
Maybe it was OJ.
REVEAL HER NAME
business as usual for the clive davis & collegues
You kidding, right? First of all she had bee partying days before she died..that would explain her wounds as she was beligerant at a club just the night before.She had drugs in her system and her body said "enough,I think I will take a nap in this warm water" As far as having a party that night....The show must go on theory that Clive has shows you what kind of a man he was/is
Your comment is verbal vomit.
Clive is disgusting.Money hongry. I can see why Cissy is so upset about being invited to an event that was a dishonor to her daughter as her body lie dead four stories up. To Clive, Whitney was worth more dead than alive. I hope they reopen the investigation. She did not die from an overdose. She was murdered by drug dealers or those who were pegged as dealers disguised as the Illuminati's hit men. The whole investigation was covered up by LAPD and the Coroners Office. So much corruption in Hollywood. Most of them sell their souls to the devil and those who resist, die.
It was. It was the Illuminati. She isn't really dead though. They staged it to look that way so Elvis and her can hook up in Jamaica at a secret celebrity compound.
More verbal vomit. Whitney drowned. It is a miracle she lived as long as she did. BTW: Clive's party was not about or for Whitney. It should not have been cancelled. Drugs killed Whitney: the end.
how does applegate know you had a low cut shirt on?
why? CUZ SHE BE A HACKER
Of course there was a party after Whitney died. Without her there, there were enough drugs & alcohol for everyone
Dam n. You beat me to it.
Clive still is hurting over the death of whitney–it still such a shame.
Clive is hurting because he conspired to end Whitney's life. He is soulless.
total church girl!
best...she almost 50 right?....
Stop feeling sorry for the dead. If they believed in Jesus Christ, they're in a much better place than us.
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