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A year ago this weekend, the music industry was rocked by the news that Whitney Houston had died just hours before the Grammys, and producer Clive Davis’ famous pre-Grammys party. The show scrambled to pay tribute to the singer and Davis plans to have another tribute at this year’s party.
In an interview with People this week, Davis said that he is still "feeling keenly the loss" of the singer he mentored. He promised that Saturday’s party is “going to do something to remind everybody that her talent lived among us and in so many people.”
CBS is also airing a special tonight titled "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family."
“I wanted her special to be meaningful and touching,” Davis told People. “I wanted everyone to remember why she was the greatest in her generation. I'm a great believer in carrying the torch and making sure that her legacy is as glittering as it should be. I'm very involved in that, emotionally and musically.”
Grammys director Louis J. Horvitz recalls last year’s show and how they scrambled to react to the news. “My heart started racing. I started hyper-ventilating,” he says in the special, reports Reuters.
Jennifer Hudson, who was recruited to sing “I Will Always Love You” during the show last year, recalled, “Moments later (after hearing news of Houston's death) I got the call to sing in her memory. I would do anything for Whitney.”
One person who does not plan on attending Davis’ party is Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston. She rejected the invitation, calling it “obscene.”
“I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of,” she told Access Hollywood.