Saturday morning (February 11) at a pre-Grammy brunch, R&B singer Kelly Price talked up her friend and collaborator Whitney Houston, telling MTV News that reports of her friend being anything but OK were erroneous. Later that afternoon, her friend had died at age 48 .
“I honestly don’t know what all the craziness is about,” Price told us at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul’s Grammy Brunch, sponsored by Pepsi. “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.”
Price was talking about another pre-Grammy event in her honor, where Houston had performed Thursday night. MTV News has obtained exclusive video from that performance, reported to be Houston’s last.
“When I was approached about doing a Grammy celebration party for me, I actually said I would love to do it,” Price told MTV News about Thursday’s event. “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 continued, “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.”
Tragically, Houston was found dead later Saturday. She was reportedly found at the Beverly Hilton, where a party thrown by her mentor, Clive Davis, is planned for Saturday night.
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