The red carpet was buzzing with artists and executives at the Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala which celebrated the nominees, remembered Whitney Houston and honored Antonio “L.A.” Reid.
Those who walked the red carpet shared their fondest memories of Houston who died Feb. 11 of last year. Watch and read more below:
For R&B singer Miguel, who is nominated or five Grammys including song of the year, remembering Houston is something that has inspired him personally.
“Whitney’s voice was powerful,” Miguel said. “She was dynamic. I would like her to be remembered for her voice and smile. I think she’d want to be celebrated.”
Recent Billboard cover star Dave Grohl had nothing but high praise for Houston.
“She’ll be remembered as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time,” the Foo Fighters frontman told us. “Not only did she sell eight-hundred-bazillion records, but she’s a fucking amazing singer.”
Similar sentiments where echoed through the night on Saturday from the red carpet from artist/executive Ne-Yo, music veteran Sylvia Rhone, “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe, music icon Quincy Jones, TV host/producer Ryan Seacrest, music producer Afrojack, Jill Scott and Katy Perry, among others.
“I never got to meet her, but it’s beautiful to see her friends care so much about her,” said Afrojack, who is currently working with Jennifer Lopez on a new album. “To see her life being celebrated is touching.”
Rhone said that seeing Whitney on a Grammy show is a memory that has stayed with her.
“My fondest memories are of her in that Grammy moment where she sang in a white gorgeous white gown and just sang her ass off,” Rhome said. “She’s an icon, a treasure and sorely missed.”
For NARAS President Neil Portnow it was all about Houston’s voice and presence.
“The thing I remember the most vividly is the first meeting,” Portnow says. “I first heard her voice on cassette that Clive had sent. When I saw her and met her everything else matched up with the music and you could tell she was someone very special.”
Reid, the night’s man of the hour, said that he likes to remember the private moments he had with Houston, away from the spotlight.
“I can’t sing, but I used to sing with Whitney, just for fun,” he said during a red carpet interview. “Just that beautiful spirit and warm personality and that amazing voice.”