First to take the stage was Tony Bennett, who sang “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” He said, “First Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse and now Whitney,” he said before advocating that the government legalizes drugs. I’m with ya Tony, but you’re jumping the gun a little there?
“I have never seen a group of people so blank,” an event staffer told Us Weekly. “Everyone is just walking around looking at each other but no one knows what to do. I am told the show must go on.”
While a number of celebrities did not attend the party due to Houston’s death, a slew of them did. Among the partygoers were Britney Spears, Amber Rose, Kim Kardashian (hello cleavage), Tom Hanks, Adam Lambert, Diana Ross, Darren Criss and Sean Combs.
While some balked at the fact that the event took place, Whitney’s family apparently wanted it to. Clive Davis said, “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.”
On Thursday night the “I Will Always Love You” hitmaker sang “Jesus Loves Me” alongside R&B singer Kelly Price at a pre-Grammy party. Watch and listen.