Music mogul Clive Davis' annual party at the Beverly Hilton hotel ahead of the Grammy Awards is scheduled for Saturday. Last year, Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston died in her room at the hotel hours before Davis' gala was set to begin.
"In saying I'm proud of her legacy, I'm going to make sure that she's felt somehow during that night, yes," the 80-year-old told the Associated Press in an interview Thursday.
According to the wire service:
The annual event is where Davis introduced a young Houston to the music world more than two decades ago. Davis—Houston's mentor, producer, champion and longtime friend—memorialized her at last year's gala, held downstairs from the hotel where she died and where her body was being examined by coroner's officials.
"Whitney and I had great times at this party over the years," he said, smiling. "I'd played her new songs and she'd come over in her pajamas and be listening late at night ... so it is bittersweet. Tragedy is still foul."
Houston was found drowned in a bathtub. Coroner's officials ruled her death accidental, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing factors.
The night continued last year after Houston's death—and the music will live on this year.
R&B singer and Grammy nominee Miguel is slated to perform, as are a number of surprise musical guests.
Saturday's event will honor Epic Records Chairman and CEO Antonio L.A. Reid.
The 55th Grammys will air live from Staples Center Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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