A day that was suppose to be a festive night of pre – Grammy parties has turned out to be a night of mourning in Hollywood. Singing sensation Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.
Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, which is continuing as planned tonight at the Beverly Hilton where Whitney Houston died this afternoon.
According to USA Today — a noisy, lively crowd gathered at Davis’ party, but people expressed shock at the news of Houston’s death and feel there’s a certain surreal atmosphere to be celebrating in light of the fact that Houston’s body is still in the building. Seen in attendance thus far: Tom and Rita Hanks, Jon Voight, Britney Spears, David Foster, Dianne Warren, Penny Marshall, Neil and Pegi Young and Skrillex.
At one of the side entrances to the hotel a small vigil of about 25 people has formed. Monet Mitchell, 29, an extra on Houston’s latest film, Sparkle, said the last time she saw Houston she was “so happy, so full of life. That’s why this is such a shock to me.”
“She was the greatest singer. This is so devastating, I had to come over here and pay my respects. She inspired me. She was so much more than an actress and a singer, she was my inspiration. I’m standing here and I still can’t believe it happened.”