Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He said the late-Whtiney Houston "would have wanted the music to go on." (Photo: WireImage)
As her mentor, Clive Davis was not only inextricably associated with Whitney Houston's career, the two of them nearly always attended the annual Pre-Grammy Gala, still known to most as "The Clive Davis Party," together. That she died on the day of this year's party only compounds the tragedy. Here, via the New York Times, are Davis' remarks at the beginning of tonight's event.
"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."