Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears And Amber Rose Show Disrespect To Whitney Houston At Grammys

In Hollywood, they beleive that the show must go on.

 Last night not even the death of one of the music industry's biggest names was enough to prevent a pre-Grammy's party in Hollywood.


Clive Davis decided to press ahead with his annual soiree at the Beverly Hilton Hotel despite the fact his protege Whitney Houston died in the same establishment, mere hours earlier.


The scene could not have been more dramatic or weird - as the guests made their red carpet arrival downstairs, Whitney's body remained upstairs in her fourth-floor suite while the authorities investigated the death scene.


Poignantly Houston , who was found dead in the bathtub,was supposed to appear at the gala and was expected to perform after rehearsing for the show on Thursday with Brady and Monica.

Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Amber Rose were among the stars who were arriving on the red carpet while the police investigation carried on upstairs. 
The young Hollywood starlets didn't bother with subdued mourning attire in light of the tragedy and instead turned up in low-cut and very daring dresses.

Some celebrities decided to skip the event out of respect for the late singer, who died at just 48.

Kelly Osbourne tweeted: "Not going to any pre grammy parties as i dont feel it is appropriate!"

Her mother Sharon agreed, writing: "Can't celebrate tonight when one of the greatest voices ever is dead."

Miley Cyrus also decided to avoid the party scene, tweeting: "Just gonna stay @ home & listen 2 her records."

Other attendees included Diana Ross, actress Jane Fonda, media mogul Sir Richard Branson , who was among the honourees at the event , and former Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland.


Inside the party, Davis , Houston's mentor, producer, champion and longtime friend , addressed party guests after a moment of silence.

A somber Davis, reading from a sheet of paper, said: "I personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me. She was full of life, looking forward for tonight. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrated music."

He added: "Whitney was a beautiful person and she had a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage ... so many times. So simply put: Whitney would have wanted the music to go on."


He dedicated the evening to her and asked for a moment of silence as a photo of the 48-year-old, hands wide open, looking to the sky, appeared on the screen.

Then, he said with excitement: "Now ladies and gentlemen, let the music begin."

Tony Bennett, the evening's first performer, recounted other recent big-name deaths in the music industry. "First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now the magnificent Whitney Houston. Let's legalize drugs, like Amsterdam, it's a very sane city now."


He added that Winehouse was "the greatest singer I've ever heard in my life."

The scene was somewhat surreal given Houston's shocking death only earlier in the day. But Grammy President and CEO Neil Portnow, who called Houston a friend, said "canceling the party was never an option."

"A lot of us holding hands tonight, on each other's shoulders ... We'll be celebrating,' he said. 'The legacy she left will be here forever."

He announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a tribute to Houston at Sunday's Grammys.


Earlier in the evening, India.Arie said Houston "set the standard for what it is to be a great female artist."

Producer Jimmy Jam said her death was a "bittersweet irony" given that Davis heralded Houston as a great talent to watch when he had her perform at his party in her youth.


"The fact that it happened on this day, this event is where Clive Davis introduced Whitney to the world. We said hello to Whitney at the Clive Davis (gala), it may be appropriate we're saying our first goodbyes to Whitney at a Clive Davis event.

"In a weird way it's appropriate, the show must go on. I think Whitney would have wanted that to happen. ... Tonight I think we begin to celebrate and remember."


Police received a 911 call from hotel security about Houston at 3:43 pm local time today. Paramedics who were already at the hotel because of a Grammy party unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the singer, he stated.

Houston's end came on the eve of music's biggest night - the Grammy Awards.


It has to be mentioned that by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album had a sales decrease and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.





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