Thanks But No Thanks: Cissy Houston Declines Invitation To Clive Davis’ Grammy Party

February 10, 2013  |  

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Clive Davis’ 2012 Pre-Grammy Party will always be remembered as the event where the world lost a legend. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room in the same venue where the party was to take place just a few hours later. This year, Cissy Houston says there’s no way she’d be able to attend Davis’ annual bash.

The music mogul extended a personal invitation for Houston to attend his affair, to which Houston politely declined.

“I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing. I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of,” Houston told Access Hollywood. “I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake.”

Ms. Cissy is a classy woman but holds no punches. You know who did accept the invitation? Gary and Pat Houston. For more check out ESSENCE.

Do you think Clive Davis was just trying to be courteous and respectful by sending them invitations to his annual party?

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  • statingtruth

    This man was a user. He used her daughter and he was disrespectful as well. How are you going to continue partying while someone has just died.

    He showed how much he cared about her. She was just a buck to him I am glad she stood up and told him to kiss off.

    • Bahamamama

      Nobody used Whitney more than her own family did.

  • FromUR2UB

    She probably would have felt slighted if he hadn’t extended the invitation. I’ve long thought there is something slimy about Clive Davis, and everytime I saw him and Whitney Houston at an event together, looking like they were dating, it made me cringe. But since his party last year had started before anyone knew Whitney had died, I’m not sure what Mrs. Houston thought should have happened once it was announced. I guess she thought the party should have ended. I’ve grown a bit tired of her acting like her nearly 50 year old daughter was not responsible for anything that happened in her life. She wants to lay blame everywhere but where it belongs.

  • adanie12

    Gary and Pat are SUPER trifling as usual. I’m not surprised. I love Cissy Houston, she is the last of the old school grandmothers. Loves God, loves her children, open, honest but strict and doesn’t play games. Wish we could clone her and give one to every ignorant young black family. There would be less little girls with 5 kids, popping off the mouth at swapmeets and getting tasered. (I know it was the ‘mall’ in Atlanta, but I’m from LA and that was the SWAPMEET aka FLEAMARKET).


    Maybe she had a vision from Whitney not to attend. Respect her wishes.

  • ijs

    This IS THE SAME PARTY THAT “SHE” wanted to continue on “the day@ that her daughter died, but a year later she has a problem with it… I need her to just stop making comments to the media period.

  • klynn

    I don’t see the problem with him sending the invite. Whitney, may she rest in peace, was her own worst enemy.. I think Cissy should have gotten on her soap box long before Whitney’s death. Life goes on.

  • I don’t think he was being disrespectful. I’m sure he doesn’t consider his party as “The Event where Whitney Houston Died”. Maybe he thought she would be having a hard time around this time of year and simply wanted to distract her. People overreact too much and consider everything an insult.

    If he sent her some type of remembrance, he would have been criticized for reminding her of the pain of her daughter’s passing. If he didn’t send her anything, he would have been labeled an insensitive jerk. This was a no-win situation and I think he handled it as well as possible.

    I get that her daughter died, (and Whitney Houston was a great talent who will be missed) but life does go on for the rest of us.

    • notagoodtime

      So naive.

  • Nedra

    I believe he did it out of respect. In all honesty, it’s probably a lose/lose situation for him.

  • prickly heat

    Cissy houston is and older woman and here daughter just now starting too rest, and Clive should of never wanted too send here that she should of sent here roses..

    • Gworl!


    • adanie12

      I agree. I don’t think he intentionally tried to disrespect her, but in light of the situation it would have definately been better for him to send her roses with a card. Something saying, “I know this time may be hard for you, but as we celebrate, may we always remember Whitney, the angel we lost. You are welcome to attend this event, but if you decline I understand. Regards, Clive Davis.” That would have been better. IF YOU OUT THERE CLIVE, *POINTS TO SELF*, YOU NEED SOME BETTER PR. LOL 🙂