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Whitney Houston mourned at Clive Davis' Grammys party, Tony Bennett calls for legalization of drugs

Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party was an unusually somber affair this year. Following news of Whitney Houston‘s death, Davis announced to a crowd of guests Saturday that the singer would have wanted the ceremony to go on. Said Davis on Saturday, according to People: “Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight … She loved music and loved this night that celebrated music.”

The gala’s guests also commemorated the singer, with Alicia Keys dedicating “No One” to Houston and Tony Bennett singing “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” Said Bennett, who insisted that the government legalize drugs following some high-profile deaths, “First Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, and now Whitney.” Diddy attempted to brighten the mood by remembering the best about Houston: “Whenever you saw Whitney, she hit you with that beautiful smile … If we truly believe in God, then we should celebrate the life of Whitney Houston tonight.”

Some celebrities didn’t even make it to Davis’ party after hearing news of Houston — Sharon Osbourne, for one, tweeted that she would not attend because she couldn’t celebrate “when one of the greatest voices ever is dead.”

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Whitney Houston’s last days were spent surrounded by family, catching up with old friends and doing a bit of what she was best known for: singing.

Her death Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room came hours before she was scheduled to appear at an annual pre-Grammy party that introduced her to the industry decades ago and was expected to honor the six-time Grammy winner.

The 48-year-old singer had been making the rounds in the days before the event, appearing at rehearsals and offering advice to singers Monica and Brandy. On Thursday, she appeared with fellow singer Kelly Price on stage at a Hollywood club, where she sang the hymn “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” to loud cheers.

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Bobby Brown declares love for Whitney Houston at New Edition show

Bobby Brown expressed his love for the late Whitney Houston on Saturday night while performing onstage with New Edition at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS., according to the Associated Press. “First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” Brown told the audience. “Second, I would like to say, ‘I love you Whitney.’ The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage.”

Brown heard about the death of his ex-wife while getting ready to perform with the reunited New Edition. Brown said he decided to perform the show because of the support fans had shown the band over the years. During an intermission, Houston’s hit “You Give Good Love” played over the speakers.

Publicist Kristen Foster announced Houston’s death on Saturday afternoon.

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Whitney Houston's final performance before her death -- VIDEO

Two nights before her death, Whitney Houston appeared at Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Houston, who also appeared on the red carpet, briefly took the stage with Price to sing a few bars.

The performance, which you can watch below, would unfortunately be her last: READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston: Her life in videos

Whitney Houston, who passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, began her career just as the video age was just starting to blossom, and she scored some of her greatest success in that medium.

Houston was an MTV pioneer and a singular television performer in the most traditional sense, lending her singular voice to broadcast specials, sporting events, and awards ceremonies that became cultural touchstones.

She lived her life in public, for better or for worse, and most of it is captured in the never-ending cavalcade of archived videos online. Below, a few of her greatest (and most notorious) career moments caught on tape.

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“Saving All My Love For You”
Houston’s self-titled debut came out on Valentine’s Day in 1985 and had a near-instant impact, eventually going platinum 13 times in the United States and moving more than 25 million units worldwide. Much of that sales clout was delivered on the strength of a string of chart-topping singles—including “Saving All My Love For You,” her first number one hit. The video, like the song, is uncomplicated: there’s little more than Houston, a microphone, and her spectacularly dynamic voice.


Quincy Jones on Whitney Houston: 'I am absolutely heartbroken... '

Legendary producer Quincy Jones paid his own tribute to Whitney Houston, who died at the age of 48.

Jones recalled how the husband and wife songwriting duo of the late Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson (known for such hits as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”) tipped him off to her talent in the late ’70s, when Houston still just a kid.

“I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing,” Jones said in a statement. “Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.”

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Celebrities are turning to Twitter and Facebook to express their remorse and shock over the passing of Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at the age of 48.

Oprah Winfrey: To me Whitney was THE VOICE. We got to hear a part of God every time she sang. Heart is heavy, spirit grateful for the GIFT of her.

Dolly Parton: Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, “Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.

Sharon Osbourne:  Clive Davis Grammy party..not going. Mark Burnett party..not going. Can’t celebrate tonight when one of the greatest voices ever is dead.

Chaka Khan: I’m speechless…I’m in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family.

Ricky Martin: RIP Whitney Houston. Sending my love and  deepest condolences to her family and friends. Fly Whitney Fly

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Mariah Carey: She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.

Bette Midler: Please, please someone tell me it’s not true…

Rihanna: No words, just tears.  READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters outside the Beverly Hilton that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

“There were no obvious signs of any criminal intent,” Rosen said.

Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said the cause of death was unknown.

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Adele passes Rihanna on Hot 100, targets 'The Bodyguard' for all-time album chart mark


Adele’s still proving to be the ultimate chart-breaker. “Set Fire to the Rain,” the singer’s third 21 single, has toppled Rihanna’s “We Found Love” to claim top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Ri Ri’s Calvin Harris-assisted track, which slips to number two this week, spent 10 total weeks on top of the chart, the stoutest run at that spot since Ke$ha notched nine weeks there at the beginning of 2010 with “Tik Tok.”

“Set Fire to the Rain” is Adele’s third number one, joining “Rolling in the Deep” (which spent seven weeks on top last year) and “Someone Like You” (five total weeks in 2011). Of course, 21 is also the number one album in the country this week, which means that Adele rules both charts simultaneously. That’s not necessarily a remarkable feat, as plenty of artists have lorded over both charts simultaneously, and 10 artists have even done it with two songs (most recently, Usher pulled it off with the Confessions singles “Yeah!” and “Burn” back in 2004). But in an interesting bit of trivia, Adele is now the only artist in history to rule both charts with three different singles from the same album. READ FULL STORY

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter sings! Sort of: Watch the video here

Internet commentary is a cruel mistress, which 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina has undoubtedly learned already in her young life.

So we won’t editorialize too much on the vocal stylings of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s sole offspring—who, like a thousand other anonymous teenagers with Adele crushes and iCameras in their bedrooms, probably didn’t mean this for mass music-critic consumption.

(Though she did post it to her Twitter account, which has a perhaps-slightly-above-anonymous-average 7,000+ followers). Anyhow, here she is, covering the current no. 1 song in the country, “Someone Like You”: READ FULL STORY

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