Singer Chaka Khan pulled no punches over the fact that as Whitney Houston lay dead on the fourth floor at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, while a pre-Grammy® party went on as scheduled downstairs.
"I thought that was complete insanity," Khan told Piers Morgan on his show Monday night. She then said, "Knowing Whitney, she would not have said the party should go on. She would have said, 'Stop eveyrthing!' "
Music mogul Clive Davis is now facing criticism for not canceling the party. He looked genuinely sorrowful as he shared a long hug with Alicia Keys at the service entrance to the hotel.
Stars such as Tom Hanks and Tony Bennett were well aware of the tragic news as they arrived. Bennett sang at the party, and Toni Braxton gave a mournful a capella performance on the red carpet to pay tribute to Houston.
The Los Angeles County coroner is denying a report claiming he was asked not to remove Houston's body until after the party was over. But one thing cannot be denied, Houston died at about 4 p.m. on Saturday and her body was not removed until after midnight, eight hours later.
And so Houston's body lay upstairs while the festivities continued, the mood was bittersweet at best.
Davis spoke at the event and said, "I'm personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me."
Davis expressed sorrow to his guests over the death of Houston, insisting she would have wanted it this way.
"Whitney would have wanted the music to go on, and her family asked that we carry on" said Davis.