Chaka Khan: Whitney Houston's Death Should Have Canceled Pre-Grammy Party

Chaka Khan is slamming Clive Davis's decision to keep the pre-Grammy party going even though Whitney Houston died only hours before in the same hotel.


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There were numerous reports stating that when Davis got word of the tragedy he told his guests that Houston would have 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. She was so looking forward to tonight, even though she wasn't scheduled to perform," he said.

Davis continued to state that "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."

Davis, who was Houston's mentor and producer, said Houston would have wanted the "music to go on" Saturday night, according to The Los Angeles Times, But Khan doesn't agree.

The 58-year-old Khan said Monday, during an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," that she would have had someone watch over her in order to keep the "riff-raff out of the situation … to keep the dangerous people away."

Whitney Houston bows after performing (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)Whitney Houston bows after performing "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2009.

"I thought that was complete insanity," Khan said when asked about the choice to keep the party going after such terrible news. "Knowing Whitney I don't believe that 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.'"

She continued to state that she could not comprehend how anyone could have pushed what happened out of their minds in order to have a good time.

"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 has been affected by hers. I don't understand how that party went on," Khan said.

Khan, who was close friends with Houston, was asked to sing a tribute at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, but declined, stating that is was too soon.