Whitney Houston & Cher Are Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Highlights [PHOTOS]

Inside the Clive Davis hosted 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen bash was a plethora of music legends and some soon to be legends.

Cher paid tribute to David Geffen recalled how they first met at a party and had dinner the next night, and called him, “Always the smartest man in the room.”

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The peformances were scorching. With Janelle Monae, Mary J Blige, Cee Lo Green and R Kelly taking the stage. Jennifer Hudson got a standing ovation for her ‘You Make Feel LIke A Natural Woman’ cover. Whitney Houston closed the night with a tribute to her cousin, Dionne Warwick, who, as Houston said, “Is a diva’s diva,” adding, “She put the c in class.”

Houston did a medley of ‘Walk On By’ and ‘Say A Little Prayer,’ then sang the last song of the night with Warwick joining her on stage for ‘That’s What Friends Are For.’

Watch video of Whitney Houston on the red carpet and performing at the event, and an interview with Jennifer Hudson after the jump. Then launch the gallery to check out all the photos from the show and inside.