Chaka Khan is criticizing Clive Davis for continuing to host his pre-Grammys gala at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, although Whitney Houston had died there hours before.
“I thought that was complete insanity,” she said on “Piers Morgan Tonight” Monday. “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.’
The Los Angeles Times reports that Davis, who gave Houston a record deal and became her mentor, told the crowd gathered that the 48-year-old deceased legend would’ve wanted the party to go on.
“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,” Davis told the somber attendees on Saturday, according to the Times. “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.”
Khan disagrees, and says she too was supposed to attend, but couldn’t pull herself together.
“I don’t know what could motivate a person to have a party in the building where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by hers…I don’t understand how that party went on.”
The singer Brandy, who was supposed to perform with Monica that evening, was similarly shaken and had to pull out of her performance.
“I’m in a bad place right now,” the singer, who also co-starred with Houston in 1997’s “Cinderella,” told Us Weekly in a statement. “My heart is destroyed. I lost my idol and dear friend. My prayers go out to Whitney’s family and her millions of fans around the world.”