Chaka Khan has criticized Clive Davis, the man who discovered and mentored singer Whitney Houston, for continuing to host his pre-Grammys party hours at the Beverly Hilton hotel in California hours after the singer died in a bathtub in the same hotel.
Houston was found dead in the hotel on Saturday afternoon. The 48-year-old singer was scheduled to attend Davis' annual Grammys gala before she suddenly died. The cause of her death unknown at this time. Houston will be buried this week in her home state of New Jersey.
I thought that was complete insanity, Chaka Khan said on Piers Morgan Tonight on 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.
I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Davis told the crowd at the venue that Houston would've wanted the show 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 attendees that day, the Times reported. 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.
Us Weekly reported that Chaka Khan, 58, told Morgan that 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.
Chaka Khan, who has reportedly battled drug and alcohol abuse like Houston, has said she cried for her, a lot over the years.
Watch the interview below:
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