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THE PARTY MUST GO ON: Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Diddy & Cassie, Diana Ross & Tons More Hit Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Gala

 

Last night, a who's who of the entertainment industry walked the rep carpet for Clive Davis' 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson and Diana Ross.  See pics of Diddy, Cassie, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and tons of other YBF folks inside............

Though they had just been informed with the horrific news of Whitney Houston's death, Clive Davis (shown above arriving with Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz) said Whitney would want the music to go on.  So celebs hit his annual pre-Grammy dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the same place where Whitney died in her 4th floor hotel room.

Clive gave heartfelt and difficult words to the audience.  We posted them HERE.

Brandy was spotted talking with Monica, earlier the two performed thier new duet.

Brandy also posed with singer Jesse J.

Birthday girl Kelly Rowland looked like she was paying homage to Diana Ross with her big hair and sequins.  Absolutely love this gorgeous multi-blue gown on her.

 

 

Wiz Khalifa (above) walked the red carpet with his boo thang Amber Rose, who rocked this animal print gown with a revealing slit.  And it looks like she was either extrememly upset by the Whitney news, or something else was going on.  Is that green lipstick to match the tat?

Always one to pull out a show stopping number, Toni Braxton worked this black and silver gown with a long train.  She's looking fab in her 40's.

 

Debra Lee (who wore an interesting fur trimmed skirt) arrived with her daughter Ava

NeYo looked dapper in his red velvet sports coat.

Legendary music icon Berry Gordy was in attendance.

Esperanza Spalding made an interesting effort with this number.  Not sure what she was going for but.......does this dress look like it was made of recycled materials?

Serena Williams wore a simple emerald ombre strapless grown.

India.Arie rocked a white pantsuit.

Garcelle Beauvais looked stunning in this white gown which she paired with a pair of sparkling sandals.  Going for the Grecian goddess look...

Sheila E does not seem to age.  Looking fabulous Ms. Sheila.

Shaun Robinson showed off her slim & trim figure in this fitted black number.

Gayle King --sometimes, it's all about the accessories.

Jimmy Jam was there with his wife Lisa Harris.

And Gladys Knight also walked the carpet.

Miguel looked pretty dapper in his mustard colored suit.

And Ciara stayed close to LA Reid, whom she hopes will salvage her career.  I'm actually loving the two toned bleached blonde and brown roots.

Gabby Union still pulled off this gown even with a serious mug!  She said on the carpet she thought the Whitney news was all a hoax--much like the emotions she went through last week with the Eddie Murphy hoax.


 

Diana Ross (who was honored) brought out her entire family (sans Rhonda). Hey Tracee!

And she caught up with mentor Berry Gordy.


 

Diana Ross, who was also honored earlier in the day by the Grammys for her work as a solo artist and as one of The Supremes, posed with Serena and Kim K. 


 

During his speech Clive said he told Whitney they were honoring Diana (shown with son Evan) at the party and he revealed that Whitney said, "Oh i love Diana!"  And Diana blew a kis to Clive after eharing that.  Sweet!

Here's some video of Diana talking about her honor and Whitney Houston:

 

Sanna Lathan wore this black cocktail dress with a plunging neckline and laced bodice detailing by Julian Joyce for Mandalay.

Gayle King later caught up with Serena near the dance floor.

Diddy also hung out with Toni Braxton.

Jennifer Hudson (who will be performing a tribute to Whitney at the Grammys) was spotted clapping it up during the show.


 

And Gladys chatted up friends.

Dr.Dre posed with the man of honor, Richard Branson.

Ben Vereen was spotted talking to fellow legend Quincy Jones at the party too.  Such a somber light cast on such a fabulous event.  Catch the tributes and awards tonigt on The Grammys live on CBS.

 


Photos via Splash/WENN

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NONE OF OUR BUSINESS HOWEVER's picture

The fact remains is they're

The fact remains is they're supposed to be her so called friends, co workers or whatever and her daughter is 100ft away trying to figure out what just happen and is this real while her Mothers so called friends are glitz and glammed, claiming it's all about Whiney. Well if that's the case, they should have showed up in regular clothes with candles and Teddy bears, stood outside with the fans and song songs or something, Other than that they should have stayed home or moved the party elsewhere or go to another party like the others. I live in LA and anytime there is a crime scene or whatever they would never let you continue with festivities while they are investigating. They intentionally disrespected this woman and her family. They closed down the Beverly Center for that Rapper Dollar and his body was long gone to the hospital, so how you explain that? I'm sure it's way more money to be made at the Beverly Center than Clive Davis party. And it was tons of other parties going on in LA that night, that's why you don't see Rhianna, Drake, TI. and everybody else.
Joy19's picture

It happened so close to the

It happened so close to the party. Possibly they were trying to take some of the attention away from what was going on with her. Or like another post stated could be friends wanted to gather to be together. Nothing wrong with that. I doubt there was anyone who went to that party who didn't have Whitney in their thoughts. If so, that's them. Everyone shouldn't be considered the same.
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the fact remains that just

the fact remains that just like any drug whore,,in the end she lost from stupidity
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Maybe she was or maybe she

Maybe she was or maybe she wasn't on drugs... But why is she a whore?
Cc's picture

I cannot believe that Clive

I cannot believe that Clive Davis did not cancel that party! Whitney upstairs on the 4th floor dead and they are all on the 1st floor partying. People should be ashamed of themselves!
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SAY WHAT NOW!

SAY WHAT NOW!
NONE OF OUR BUSINESS HOWEVER's picture

That is not all of Diana

That is not all of Diana Ross' children. Her oldest daughter with Berry Gordy is not in the pic.
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I see Kim K was shopping for

I see Kim K was shopping for a man. Only white face in the place.
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Ummm, Clive Davis hosted the

Ummm, Clive Davis hosted the party and there is the other white guy with Dr. Dre???
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You betta work Toni

You betta work Toni Braxton! Esperanza's dress is interesting, yes, but I think she looks cute and whimsical. And she still has the best afro on the entire planet. I see Gabby was trying to do her Zoolander face when something went awry. Her legs are the business though.
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What the hell was Kim K.

What the hell was Kim K. doing there like for real.. Then the hoe comes out with the boys all out (her chest).. this dirty bag is only looking for another black man to take care of her and her family.. B**** please any real man would see right the throw her ass like a piece of glass.. The trick is now good she is one of the women the Bible talks about; when it say to watch out for a women with a flatter lip, who comes on to you and only out for one thing; to send your soul to hell.. but question is.. Is there really a hell? knowledge for your mind..
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WHAT a TRICK. ( DISGUSTING )

WHAT a TRICK. ( DISGUSTING )
NONE OF OUR BUSINESS HOWEVER's picture

Its not sad that ppl some who

Its not sad that ppl some who may not have known whitney houston personally are enjoying themselves at a party whats sad is that a person with god given talent allowed drugs to ruin her life thats the real shame
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Its not sad that ppl some who

Its not sad that ppl some who may not have known whitney houston personally are enjoying themselves at a party whats sad is that a person with god given talent allowed drugs to ruin her life thats the real shame
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serena's body is the bomb and

serena's body is the bomb and Esperanza Spalding looks like a grown up version of willow Smith
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oh and alicia keys....get a

oh and alicia keys....get a stylist
litebrite's picture

No, alicia looks beautiful,

No, alicia looks beautiful, she doesn't need anything.
Anonymous's picture

kim go the fuck away! why are

kim go the fuck away! why are here!!?? this is a music event not an attention whoring event. tryna catch another man with you breasts all out like that???! now that shit is tacky. damn her ass is really annoying. i like ciaras hair! but her outfit is a no. serena looks so glam. kelly looks GREAT. toni is lookin sexy amber and her wiz look a MESS and the best dressed to me was gabby! she looks stunning and her skin is flawless. she is truly beautiful
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Ciara and Kim K look

Ciara and Kim K look inappropriate. No wonder they are friends. Two thristy Heffas that scream IM INSECURE! Kim we know you have breasts, you dont' have to show them all the time. Other women have them too but they know when not to have the Girls out and obviously you do not. Vanessa Bryant was there too. Not sure why.
Anonymous's picture

cassie look fine with diddy

cassie look fine with diddy by her side. oh sorry Kim porter is that you baby making machine she is crazy fool, she's still waiting for some thing happen after five years of brake up with a man she can't never have.
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Amber looks HOT!... Ms. Ross

Amber looks HOT!... Ms. Ross looks Great..Toni looks TERRIBLE And Ciara's hair is Too Trashy for the occasion.
ME's picture

The Cassie person looks

The Cassie person looks really angry. Alicia and others just look upset. ???? I would say most were still in shock from the news. Hope everyone can carry on at the Grammy's tonight.
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I'm sorry, I know it's been

I'm sorry, I know it's been said already, but why is Kim there???? I don't understand.
Erin's picture

It's not a party people. It

It's not a party people. It became a tribute to honor Whitney. Why do people want to make something out of nothing? I'm sure everyone was in shock and didn't really know what to do, so they did the best they could and that was giving a tribute to this wonderful lady. Nothing wrong with that. Doesn't mean anyone is disrespecting her, just trying to cope and remember a beautiful person they all loved. There shouldn't be a question about how they mourn. I'm sure it wasn't a happy occasio for anyone.
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The overall red carpet was a

The overall red carpet was a huge win for everyone. Serena, please keep this style, you look stunning. Finally. I love Toni's dress and Gayle's necklace is a true statement. Perfect.
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So Serena Williams, who is

So Serena Williams, who is not a singer, is allowed to attend but Kim K is not? I swear some of yall do the absolute most with these comments...point your self to the nearest corner and have a seat please and thank you!
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at least Serena has real

at least Serena has real talent at something other than laying on her back like that other person
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Was Ciara going to the same

Was Ciara going to the same event as everyone else? She looks out of place. She try waayyy to hard and it is just not working. Toni dear, don't go there. You are not what you think you are. Tamar we need a reality check for Toni. You were good in your day but you were never on Whitney's level nor will you ever be. By the way, your day is over. So do the Cd with your sisters. It just might help you. You need any exposure that you can get. Your sisters are out shinning you on the show. Let it go. Your time is up.
asisee's picture

It's beyond disrespectful for

It's beyond disrespectful for these people to show up to a party held at the hotel where she passed and body remain above them under investigation and then claim to love her or look up to her and offer condolences to her family. It doe snot matter who did nor did not take pictures, who performed who did not. The fact is you are at a party on the crime scene of your so called friend, mentor or whatever, they are claiming. The only acceptable thing would have been a candlelight or something but this right here. I am in SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I never seen nothing like it. I would never be partying at a crime scene period whether it was Whitney or a Bum on the street, It's more than disrespectful. They are certified LUNATICS. Disrespectful ain't even the word for it, I don't even think they have a word for this type of disregard.
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Yeah I think the verdict is

Yeah I think the verdict is out that these people are kinda on another level of WTF.. Weirdos.
Diva's picture

It's beyond disrespectful for

It's beyond disrespectful for these people to show up to a party held at the hotel where she passed and body remain above them under investigation and then claim to love her or look up to her and offer condolences to her family. It doe snot matter who did nor did not take pictures, who performed who did not. The fact is you are at a party on the crime scene of your so called friend, mentor or whatever, they are claiming. The only acceptable thing would have been a candlelight or something but this right here. I am in SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I never seen nothing like it. I would never be partying at a crime scene period whether it was Whitney or a Bum on the street, It's more than disrespectful. They are certified LUNATICS. Disrespectful ain't even the word for it, I don't even think they have a word for this type of disregard.
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It's beyond disrepectful for

It's beyond disrepectful for these people to show up to a party held at the hotel where she passed and body remain above them under investigation and then claim to love her or look up to her and offer condeleces to her family. It doe snot matter who did nor did not take pictures, who performed who did not. The fact is you are at a party on the crime scene of your so called friend, mentor or whatever, they are claiming. The only acceatble thing would have been a candlelight vidual or something but this right here. I am in SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I never seen nothing like it. I would never be partying at a crime scene period wheter it was Whitney or a Bum on the street, It's more than disrepectful. They are certified LUNATICS.
Anonymous's picture

I totally agree 1000%. This

I totally agree 1000%. This is an extra UNNECESSARY PRE-grammy party that should have been cancelled. It appears to be nothing more than a vanity show, like always. They are trying to spin it as it became a "tribute" to Whitney. Bull!! The televised Grammy show will be a tribute, as well as 100 more tributes to come. Last night should have been nothing but silence and respect at that hotel, not dancing on the dead body of their so-called colleague and carrying on like nothing has happened. The only celeb I've heard say they didn't feel right going was Kelly Osbourne so she didn't go. This is just another example as to how sick and twisted Hollywood really is.
Anonymous's picture

they are there to celebrate

they are there to celebrate music. Why would the event be cancelled. None of us were there, we can't say what went on at this event. I'm sure a suitable tribute was given to Whitney, and there will be many more to come.
stopjudging's picture

I so agree with you.. Im in

I so agree with you.. Im in shock. Her body was still at the hotel while they were all partying. DAMN..
R.'s picture

i just want to take Debra

i just want to take Debra Lee's stylist gag them, kidnap them , tie a thick chain around them and toss them in the botom of the sea never to be heard from again. Who is styling her and how the hell she go to another networks show dress a hot ass mess as well? Did they not tell her in the invite to keep that BET look at home?
nolagirl's picture

bottom sorry lol

bottom sorry lol
nolagirl's picture

Neo is soooo horrible looking

Neo is soooo horrible looking and he thinks he is so much. His ugly ass had the nerve to talk junk about WH during the making of that last album. He should have left his ego at home. He was No Babyface or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Neo is such an ugly punk who should have bowed down to Whitney when he had the chance to work w/ her. I can't stand people like him who have not even been in the buss long enough have a ego that big. It will come out in the press about how he and Whitney did not agree enough to make it work. Who is he to talk about her. Punk loser! Toni B your comment is out of place about it being a friendly rivalry w/ Whitney Houston and you through the years. #1 You were never on Whitney H and MC level so please sit your plastic surgery face down. Your sis Tamar steals your shine w/ your delusional self. Ms. Bankrupt America like LA said a while ago you never made it like Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey so please don't compare yourself to her in any way! I am still so hurt by WH passing because I was a true fan. WH and MC and CA are the only singers I have bought every album they have made. Whitney will always be first and foremost in my heart #2 MC and #3 CA. Whitney Houston I love you your voice gave me goose bumps that no other singer good do for me. #2 and #3 will come close but will never be you #Whitney Elizabeth Houston. My heart is still grieving for you and Cissy and Bobbi C. and all of your family. I grew up in awe of your amazing voice and talent. You have the Greatest Voice of All Time. My beautiful fallen angel!
LovelyGirl's picture

Kelly Rowland looks fab in

Kelly Rowland looks fab in that gown! Garcell Bouvais' shoes are a bit much IMO. Esperanza looks like a plastic, dried out chili pepper or something...I Love J-Hud...Gayle King's accessories are eff'd up--just too damn much. Gabby looks nice but the expression on her face is not.; and she shouldn't have commented on what she heard till it was verified. She knows better...Why is Gladys Knight KILLIN' chicks half her age?? Sophisticated & Fab...Toni braxton looks ok--I think the train on her dress was too much though. Brandi looked pretty but with a pained, grief-stricken facial expression & I'm sad for her--but I appreciate how close she & Monica seem to be. Diana Ross looked great except for that hair--but hey, that's her trademark right...Amber actually looked ok minus that green -ish on her lips. Its not Halloween Boo. Nice to see India Arie...Serena looked fab, I actually like CiCi's hair--only she can pull that off. The men looked dapper--all was well till I saw Kim K. Sigh...can 3+ black folk ever congregate in L.A. without her joining in?? DAYUMNNNNNNNNNNN!!!
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J-Hud..congrats on losing the

J-Hud..congrats on losing the weight but lets be honest..those arms don't look like those of someone who lost weight through diet (weight watchers) and exercise..im juss sayin!
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I lost weight through diet

I lost weight through diet and exercise and the arms are one of the hardest areas to get tone. Once the skin is stretched, it doesn't just become perfect because the fat is gone. I do so much for my arms, but the skin is just there. I feel like I am going to have to have surgery to tighten it up.
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