Remembering Whitney Houston: Dave Grohl, Miguel and More Laud 'Amazing' Voice (Video)
One year after the superstar singer's untimely death Feb. 11, 2012, celebrities and friends remember Houston at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala.
The red carpet was buzzing with artists and executives at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala, which celebrated the nominees, remembered Whitney Houston and honored Antonio "L.A." Reid.
Those who walked the red carpet shared their fondest memories of Houston who died Feb. 11 last year.
"Whitney's voice was powerful," said R&B singer Miguel, who is nominated for five Grammys including song of the year. "She was dynamic. I would like her to be remembered for her voice and smile. I think she'd want to be celebrated."
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had nothing but high praise for Houston.
"She'll be remembered as one of the most iconic vocalists of all time," the singer told THR. "Not only did she sell 800 bazillion records, but she's a f---ing amazing singer."
Similar sentiments were echoed through the night on Saturday from artist/executive Ne-Yo, music veteran Sylvia Rhone, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe, music icon Quincy Jones, TV host/producer Ryan Seacrest, music producer Afrojack, Jill Scott and Katy Perry, among others.
"I never got to meet her, but it's beautiful to see her friends care so much about her," said Afrojack, who is currently working with Jennifer Lopez on a new album. "To see her life being celebrated is touching."
Rhone said that seeing Houston on a Grammy show is a memory that has stayed with her.
"My fondest memories are of her in that Grammy moment where she sang in a white gorgeous white gown and just sang her ass off," Rhone said. "She's an icon, a treasure and sorely missed."
For NARAS president Neil Portnow it was all about Houston's voice and presence.
"The thing I remember the most vividly is the first meeting," said Portnow. "I first heard her voice on a cassette that Clive had sent. When I saw her and met her everything else matched up with the music and you could tell she was someone very special."
Reid, the night's man of the hour, said he likes to remember the private moments he had with Houston, away from the spotlight.
"I can't sing, but I used to sing with Whitney, just for fun," he said. "Just that beautiful spirit and warm personality and that amazing voice."