Whitney Houston Doing Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party
Crack may be whack, but Whitney Houston’s back on track!
With her wild days of drug-addled frenzy—and Bobby Brown—presumably behind her, Whitney, 45, has her first album in seven years due in March.
Whitney shot to crossover superstardom in the early 1980s when the fledgling MTV music-video network relied heavily on her stylish and breezy videos and their catchy tunes. It helped that Houston, who is cousin to Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin, possessed a vocal range that was even more impressive than her grasp of fashion and fun.
At the height of her career, which had expanded to encompass movie stardom with 1992’s The Bodyguard, Houston succumbed to the temptations of drugs and alcohol. Her body of work since December 2002’s Just Whitney consists most prominently of a supporting role as a stumbling, slurring half-a-mess in 2005’s Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown.
So it’s a big step back up to the main stage for Whitney.
But to kickstart the hoopla, Houston will perform at the annual pre-Grammy party of Sony BMG label boss Clive Davis.
A rep for the legendary 76-year-old music mogul tells Page Six that Whitney “will, barring any physical ailments, perform at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party.”
The party, which will be held at swank Los Angeles hotel the Beverly Hilton on February 7, will also feature performances by Jennifer Hudson and Sean Combs.
(The Davis party will mark Hudson’s second performance since the deaths of her family members in the fall. Her first post-tragedy singing is scheduled to happen the day before the pre-Grammy party at a MusiCares event to honor Neil Diamond.)
The guest list for the Sony BMG pre-Grammy bash is highly exclusive. It’s safe to assume that Whitney’s ex-boy toy Ray J won’t be there with a plus-one, as he’ll be busy looking for love in other places.