Clive Davis Gala ‘Bittersweet’ Year After Houston Death

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“You should expect being blown away by the diversity of the music, by the vitality of the music, by the range of music today,” Davis said.

Last year’s performers included Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Alicia Keys, Jessie J and others.

R&B singers Brandy and Monica, mentees of Houston, were supposed to perform their new duet at that time, but were emotional due to Houston’s death.

Emotional Houston moments will be captured in an hour-long CBS special titled “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family.” It’s a behind-the-scenes look at how Houston’s death affected last year’s Grammy Awards and will air the same night as Davis’ gala. It includes interviews with Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and other artists.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel said in a statement that the room where Houston died has not been used.

“Out of respect to the family and fans of Whitney, the guest room where she stayed was immediately taken out of inventory and all contents were removed,” the statement read. “Hotel management is considering options to repurpose the space but has made no final decisions at this time.”

Saturday’s event will honor Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio L.A. Reid.

(Photo: AP)

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