Whitney Houston performs 'Yes, Jesus Loves Me' two days before death
Two days before her death, Whitney Houston gave what would be her final performance at a Hollywood nightclub, surrounded by friends and family.
The 48-year-old music legend was at the "Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party" at Tru Hollywood nightclub on Thursday, February 9. Kelly Price called Houston up on stage and the pair sang a duet of "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" before Houston blew kisses to the crowd and walked off stage.
"I invited a bunch of friends, Whitney Houston among them. ... All of my friends came out. They performed. They performed for free. It was an amazing night. My band was there. It ended up being an all-out jam session," Price told MTV News at a pre-Grammy brunch on Saturday morning. "I wasn't expecting Whitney to take the stage, but she came up. She got on the stage, and while I was talking to her, she grabbed the microphone and started singing. So that's kind of cool."
Houston arrived at the party in a Cadillac Escalade, two hours after it had begun, wearing a snug black cocktail dress.
Her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, attended the party and walked the red carpet with her mother.
Inside the club, Houston was said to be in good spirits and danced from her spot in the club's VIP area, according to People magazine.
Much was made of photos of Houston leaving the club, looking a bit disheveled, but Price believed her good friend was fine.
"I honestly don't know what all the craziness is about," Price told MTV at the time. "We partied so hard, we all looked a mess when we walked out of the club. But that's a good party. You sweat. You do that."
It was only a matter of hours before Houston was pronounced dead at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
Houston's body was found inside a bathtub in a room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
Investigators for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office worked on the scene to find the cause of her death as celebrities poured into the building for a pre-Grammy gala that Houston was supposed to attend. Producer Clive Davis, her mentor, dedicated the event to her (see photos). The Coroner's Office workers transferred Houston's body out of the building early on Sunday.
Police would not say if any drugs or alcohol were found in the room, but a source told OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company KABC that a few prescription bottles were found in Houston's hotel room. The pop, soul and R&B singer had struggled with substance abuse for years. She relapsed and returned to rehab in May.
The coroner hopes to get an autopsy done on Sunday, but results will not be released until a toxicology report has been completed.
Houston was set to perform on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton at a pre-Grammy gala for producer Clive Davis, who discovered her. The event took place as scheduled. A crime lab bus was seen parked outside as guests gathered inside the building.
The Grammy ceremony's executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, told CNN that Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony will include a tribute to Houston that would be "appropriate to Whitney's memory."
"I've asked Jennifer Hudson to come and we're really at this moment talking about what she's going to do," he said, referring to an "American Idol" alum who was presented with a Grammy by Houston at the 2009 ceremony and whose long-ranging voice has been compared to the late singer's. Hudson also performed a tribute to Houston at the 2010 BET Honors in Washington in 2010.
"It's not going to be a full-blown tribute," Ehrlich said about the Grammys. "That's too early and it's too fresh at this moment. It's going to be something respectful to Whitney's memory. We've gone through the script and we've made a few changes it's still going to be a great music show. I think, knowing Whitney as I did ... she knew the importance of thrilling an audience and that's what we still plan to do tomorrow."