Whitney Houston's Mom Cissy Calls Invite to Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party "Obscene"; Brother Gary Plans to Attend

Celebrity News Feb. 7, 2013 AT 8:00PM
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston on February 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Tibrina Hobson/WireImage

Whitney Houston's family is divided on how they should honor the late singer on the one-year anniversary of her death. The celebrated musician passed away on Feb. 11, 2012, at the age of 48, just before she was scheduled to attend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party. Recently, Whitney's family members were invited to attend the annual bash, though they disagree over whether they should attend.

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"I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing," Whitney's mother Cissy Houston, 79, told Access Hollywood Thursday. "I don't know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of."

"I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake," she added.

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The late "I Will Always Love You" singer's brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law Pat feel very differently about the invitation. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the couple said that they will attend the party to support Davis.

"[Clive] was such an important part of Whitney's life. I mean, that was her industry father and he really, really was," Pat said. "My husband and I will definitely be there this weekend to support Clive. Absolutely."

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The founder and former president of Arista Records, 80, discovered Whitney at a New York City nightclub when she was just 20 years old. Last year, Davis gave a tearful speech to his party guests about Whitney's death.

"I don't have to mask my emotions. Not in front of this room full of so many dear friends," he said. "I do have a very heavy heart and 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."

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