In an interview on Thursday, the 80-year-old said, “In saying I’m proud of her legacy, I’m going to make sure that she’s felt somehow during that night.”
His 2013 gala will be held on Saturday evening at the Beverly Hilton, where Houston passed away on Feb. 11, 2012, at the age of 48.
The event is where Mr. Davis introduced young Whitney to the music world over two decades ago. Davis, her mentor, longtime friend and champion, memorialized her memory at his 2012 gala, that was held downstairs in the hotel where she passed away and where her body remained while it was being examined by coroner’s officials.
Davis said that he and Whitney had wonderful times at his gala over the years. He would play her new songs and she would visit in her pajamas late at night. It is bittersweet and a tragedy.
Whitney Houston was found dead in the bathroom, from drowning. Officials ruled her death as accidental, with cocaine use and heart disease as contributing factors.
The gala continued in 2012 after she passed away, and her music will live on in 2013.
Touching Houston moments will be showcased in a CBS special called, “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family.” It will take a look behind-the-scenes at how her death affected the Grammy Awards, and will be aired on the same evening as Davis’ gala. It will include interviews with Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and other musicians.