Clive Davis Brought Out The Music Heavyweights

We posted photos of Whitney Houston’s performance and all the red carpet goodness from the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis event earlier, and now here are many more photos from the concert itself.

Some of the performance highlights:

Leona Lewis sang 2008’s inescapable hit “Bleeding Love,” which was just hatching when she made her U.S. performance debut with the same song a year ago at the Davis party.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, assisted by a choir and Faith Evans, revived “I’ll Be Missing You,” his 1997 Notorious B.I.G. tribute.

After belting new hit “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson tackled Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” The Idol champ says it was one of the first songs she sang in talent shows.

Josh Groban, a last-minute substitute for Usher, did “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and Jennifer Hudson sang “Spotlight” before sharing the spotlight with Barry Manilow for a duet.

Not on the docket, Kanye West asked to address the crowd. Surveying the industry brass in the audience, he confessed to a change of heart about the music establishment. After recently revisiting his 2008 Grammy acceptance speech, “I was embarrassed by the pompous attitude I was giving off,” he said. “I have to bow in the presence of greatness. I appreciate the people in this room. I’m humbled.”

West said he’s no longer sneering at mainstream pop but is instead committed to achieving the broader acceptance that brought global success to Madonna and Prince. “I think Katy Perry is an extremely amazing pop artist.”

Alrighty then.

Featured in the gallery: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, L.A. Reid, Kenneth Edmonds, Barry Manilow, Clive Davis, Kanye West, Leona Lewis, Sean Combs, Caleb Followill, Rod Stewart, Sly Stone and Bill Maher.

Click any photo to view all 95+ photos from the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis event in the gallery.


We posted photos of Whitney Houston’s performance and all the red carpet goodness from the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis event earlier, and now here are many more photos from the concert itself.

Some of the performance highlights:

Leona Lewis sang 2008’s inescapable hit “Bleeding Love,” which
was just hatching when she made her U.S. performance debut with the
same song a year ago at the Davis party.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, assisted by a choir and Faith Evans, revived “I’ll Be Missing You,” his 1997 Notorious B.I.G. tribute.

After belting new hit “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson tackled Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” The Idol champ says it was one of the first songs she sang in talent shows.

Josh Groban, a last-minute substitute for Usher, did “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and Jennifer Hudson sang “Spotlight” before sharing the spotlight with Barry Manilow for a duet.

Not on the docket, Kanye West asked to address the crowd.
Surveying the industry brass in the audience, he confessed to a change
of heart about the music establishment. After recently revisiting his
2008 Grammy acceptance speech, “I was embarrassed by the pompous
attitude I was giving off,” he said. “I have to bow in the presence of
greatness. I appreciate the people in this room. I’m humbled.”

West said he’s no longer sneering at mainstream pop but is instead
committed to achieving the broader acceptance that brought global
success to Madonna and Prince. “I think Katy Perry is an extremely amazing pop artist.”

Alrighty then.

Featured in the gallery: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney
Houston, L.A. Reid, Kenneth Edmonds, Barry Manilow, Clive Davis, Kanye
West, Leona Lewis, Sean Combs, Caleb Followill, Rod Stewart, Sly Stone
and Bill Maher.

Check out all 95+ photos from the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons: Clive Davis event in the gallery.