Whitney Houston was scheduled to perform at Clive Davis’ famous Grammy Award party the night that she died in a Beverly Hills hotel. Chaka Khan criticized Davis for putting pressure on Houston to perform and for hosting the party despite Houston’s death.
CNN reports that when he heard of Houston’s death he told his guests that the late singer would have wanted the party to continue. Davis told party goers:
“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…Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare…She gave so many memorable performances over the years. Simply put, she would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”
But Chaka Khan doesn’t agree. On Piers Morgan Tonight, Chaka Khan called Clive Davis’ decision to throw the party as scheduled insane. Khan said:
“I thought that was complete insanit… And knowing Whitney, I don’t believe she would’ve said, the show must go on. She’s the kind of woman who would’ve said, ‘Stop everything, I’m not going to be there.’”
Khan went on to say that Davis’ party was partly responsible for Houston’s death. Khan insinuated that Houston, who had a history of drug use, may have fell back into her old ways due to the “dangerous people” in the entertainment industry.
“Whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there. To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away.”
Whitney Houston famously covered Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” in 1993. Here’s Whitney’s version of the famous Chaka Khan song.
You can listen to all of Whitney Houston’s number one hits here or check out what Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, and Houston’s mother Cissy had to say about the “I Will Always Love You” singer’s passing.