February 8th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Clive Davis: Party after Whitney Houston died 'no brainer'

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."


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  1. James

    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.

    February 15, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. JONATHAN---

    BUSINESS AS USUAL.....SHOVE THE BANANA UP HER AZZ....

    ENJOY THE DAY.....

    February 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. midge

    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.

    February 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The boss i was talking about was boss boo....

    have a nice day!!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Pirate Jim

      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.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matey I

      3 were there-viv, fina and may-. i like pirate gold. he's nice. you will see the mates together soon!

      February 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jodie

    leave us alone its saturday

    February 9, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. BACKFIRED

    read it. thanks

    February 9, 2013 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. How rrrrrrrrrrrrhonda doing today

    ... rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    February 9, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Pirate Jim

      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.

      February 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      lol

      February 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 9 of them

    confirm so we can laugh some more today

    February 9, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. SHUTUP

    nobody is money hongry so stfu up -

    February 9, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Maddy

    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!!!

    February 9, 2013 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Maybe it was OJ.

      February 9, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • CONTINUED

      REVEAL HER NAME

      February 9, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Is she in?

      thanks

      February 9, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • BACKFIRED

      business as usual for the clive davis & collegues

      February 9, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      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

      February 9, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Nobody cares anymore...

      RIP whitney

      February 9, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • stunned

      Your comment is verbal vomit.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tess

    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.

    February 9, 2013 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      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.

      February 9, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • stunned

      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.

      February 9, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bumbling Idiot

    how does applegate know you had a low cut shirt on?

    why? CUZ SHE BE A HACKER

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    February 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sokman

    Of course there was a party after Whitney died. Without her there, there were enough drugs & alcohol for everyone

    February 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. whit

    Clive still is hurting over the death of whitney–it still such a shame.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betsy

      Clive is hurting because he conspired to end Whitney's life. He is soulless.

      February 9, 2013 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. end of song...

    total church girl!

    February 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. oprah version.

    best...she almost 50 right?....

    February 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. huh

    weird.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. V¡xen

    Stop feeling sorry for the dead. If they believed in Jesus Christ, they're in a much better place than us.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |

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