As news about Whitney Houston’s tragic death poured in Saturday evening, one question on many minds was whether Clive Davis, the man and mentor behind Whitney’s career and success, would attend his annual pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Davis did eventually arrive, and was photographed being consoled by Alicia Keys, before opening the festivities-turned-memorial with a few heartfelt words for the fallen superstar. Read the full statement below.
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 Christina, 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.