Despite Whitney Houston‘s tragic death just hours earlier, Clive Davis‘ annual pre-Grammy gala went on. Clive Davis is seen here being comforted by singer Alicia Keys as he arrives at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night (February 11).
Below is Clive Davis’ statement that he made at the party regarding Whitney Houston:
By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years.
Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.
My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, to her mother Cissy, to all of her relatives and to so many of you here tonight, her extended family who loved and cherished her and her spirit.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. 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.
I ask that you join me in a moment of silence as we dedicate this evening to Whitney.
“Now ladies and gentlemen,” he said after, “let the music begin.”