Just hours after news of Whitney Houston's death circulated on Saturday, musicians, actors, and music industry executives paused on the red carpet at Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party to celebrate the singing legend. Hear Ne-Yo describe his recent encounter with the "happy" Ms. Houston and more in our roundup of stars sharing their personal Whitney stories.View Transcript »
Hey guys! It's Katie from Pop Sugar, and I'm at Clive Davis' anual pre-Grammy party where the mood tonight was mixed with emotions of celebration for Whitney's sprit and also memories. I did know Whitney. I did know her, and I loved her, I saw her at her listening party a few. Last year, actually, I saw her and we always give each other the biggest hugs and it's always so warm and loving and. What 's your fondest memory of her? Her music. I mean her music, you know, actually I had a little dog that I named after her when, when she first came out in the 80's. I mean I just loved her. Was there something about her that you think that most people didn't know or didn't understand? Her heart, she was really a beautiful loving woman. Really beautiful, loved everyone, and I can't imagine what her daughter is going through. I will honor Whitney by making sure that people remember the greatness that was Whitney Houston, you know, I knew her, I didn't know her well enough to say that she was a friend of mine but I got the opportunity to work with her very briefly. I wrote a couple of songs for her for an album she was going to put out. I never got a chance to finish the stuff. I don't know why that keeps happening to me. But I remember her sitting with me and just telling me that how happy she was, she was like "I need the music to represent that I am happy, I'm not depressed, that I'm not bitter, I'm not downtrodden. I'm happy I have my God, my kid and my music and that's all I need." And that stuck with me, so that's the type of music I try to produce. In a way, it's a very proper kind of tribute to just is happening much, much too early. She had so much more to give us and we went through the tough times with her. Everybody was praying. She come around and it's very difficult. As I said, we're all a little bit in shock. But there will be a lot love in that room. I didn't know her that will but I'd been around her a few times she's always extraordinarily loving towards me, she'd sing my songs to me talk and she. Which songs did she sing to you? There's one song that she wanted to record it before I did, it's called Headed in the Right Direction, and she would just be singing it and singing different songs asking what up with me, she would ask me how are you she would listen to me talk, like look at me and know I was answering her like Whitney Huston cares about how I feel. It's so cool that she even knew who I was, and she was really kind to me. I guess I could go to two kind of extremes. I remember being about six in the drill team in elementary school and we did a routine to "I'm Every Woman". So that is like the beginning of my life and I remember being older and feeling really heartbroken and watching waiting to exhale. And having a feeling of oh yeah, strength, sisterhood, pride like we're here and hearing her voice as this uplifting embracing force that just made you feel like you were gonna be okay no matter what. Whitney was a personal friend. And actually when Clive signed Whitney to Arista records. I was running the west coast office and was involved in helping him find great songs and producers and I remember making that first record as we did. I remember her first appearance on television on the Merv Griffin show singing the song "Home" from The Wiz and then following the great ascension that she had as one of the most magnificent careers we have ever seen in the music industry.