Whitney Houston Is Back And That’s Not Whack

February 8th, 2009 // 3 Comments

A stunning-looking and strong-sounding Whitney Houston made a triumphant return to the stage at a pre-Grammy party honoring her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis.

“I’ve got it, I’ve got it!” Houston, looking glamorous in a skintight leopard dress, sang early Sunday morning as she belted a line from one of her classic hits, “I’m Every Woman.” But more than a lyric, it summarized to the crowd of A-list superstars and top industry execs that the superstar–whose drug use and erratic behavior had caused a shocking fall from grace just a few years ago–was back in top form.

“We all crossed our fingers that her beautiful story would end (happily),” said Jamie Foxx, who stood at the front of the stage and took video of Houston like he was just another fan in the crowd. “This is a new beginning.”

Houston’s mini-concert put an exclamation point on a night that included a rousing performance by Kelly Clarkson, an unlikely but magical duet between Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow and a rambling monologue by Kanye West.

A smiling Houston performed her hit “Spotlight,” which earned her one of her four Grammy nominations, and got a standing ovation from the crowd. But she raised the bar with a pairing with Barry Manilow, injecting one of his signature songs, “Weekend in New England,” with a lacking ingredient–soul.

Featured in the gallery: Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Duffy, Jamie Foxx, Clive Davis, Sheryl Crow, Fantasia Barrino, Meat Loaf, Chris Daughtry, Wayne Brady, Paula Abdul, Taylor Hawkins, Josh Groban, Tom Hamilton, Carrie Underwood, Dave Stewart, Jon Voight, Estelle, Kara DioGuardi, Kimora Lee Simmons, Katy Perry, Djimon Hounsou, Trace Adkins, Rod Stewart, Jonas Brothers, James Denton, Keyshia Cole, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Holly Robinson Peete, Russell Simmons, Joan Collins, Randy Jackson, John Stamos, Akon, Ryan Tedder, Rosanna Arquette, Barry Manilow.

Click any photo to view all 120+ photos from the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy present the Annual Pre-Grammy Gala in the gallery.


A stunning-looking and strong-sounding Whitney Houston made a triumphant return to the stage at a pre-Grammy party honoring her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis.

“I’ve got it, I’ve got it!” Houston, looking glamorous in a skintight
leopard dress, sang early Sunday morning as she belted a line from one
of her classic hits, “I’m Every Woman.” But more than a lyric, it
summarized to the crowd of A-list superstars and top industry execs
that the superstar–whose drug use and erratic behavior had caused a
shocking fall from grace just a few years ago–was back in top form.

“We all crossed our fingers that her beautiful story would end (happily),” said Jamie Foxx,
who stood at the front of the stage and took video of Houston like he
was just another fan in the crowd. “This is a new beginning.”

Houston’s mini-concert put an exclamation point on a night that included a rousing performance by Kelly Clarkson, an unlikely but magical duet between Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow and a rambling monologue by Kanye West.

A smiling Houston performed her hit “Spotlight,” which earned her one
of her four Grammy nominations, and got a standing ovation from the
crowd. But she raised the bar with a pairing with Barry Manilow,
injecting one of his signature songs, “Weekend in New England,” with a
lacking ingredient–soul.

Featured in the gallery: Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown,
Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Duffy, Jamie Foxx, Clive Davis, Sheryl Crow,
Fantasia Barrino, Meat Loaf, Chris Daughtry, Wayne Brady, Paula Abdul,
Taylor Hawkins, Josh Groban, Tom Hamilton, Carrie Underwood, Dave
Stewart, Jon Voight, Estelle, Kara DioGuardi, Kimora Lee Simmons, Katy
Perry, Djimon Hounsou, Trace Adkins, Rod Stewart, Jonas Brothers, James
Denton, Keyshia Cole, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Holly Robinson Peete,
Russell Simmons, Joan Collins, Randy Jackson, John Stamos, Akon, Ryan
Tedder, Rosanna Arquette, Barry Manilow
.

Check out all 120+ photos from the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy present the Annual Pre-Grammy Gala in the gallery.

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. gojira

    woo hoo
    the diva is back

  2. Fletchercynthia

    It’s great to see Jennifer Hudson back, courageous and bellowing as strong as ever and well deserving of the Grammy, the music she has displayed is magnificent. Also Congrats to Whitney for her return and also for continuing and not giving up on the hardest fight of her life, those of us who’ve been through it really know that it is “One Day At A Time, keep fighting Whitney.Chris Brown Oh, well what can I say? Something went wrong somewhere.

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