On the red carpet for Saturday’s pre-Grammys party at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Clive Davis, retired CNN host Larry King was clearly not happy to be there. With Whitney Houston tragically passed away just a few floors above, he suggested to interviewer Tai Beauchamp the event should have been canceled. He was there with wife Shawn Southwick, who disagreed.
Originally, it appeared that the event had been canceled. A report on Just Jared (since scrubbed) and tweets by the likes of Beauchamp’s fellow Grammys.com reporter Alison Haislip indicated that an original decision to ditch the event was communicated, then quickly reversed.
Today, the Davis party debate continues. Joining King in the small but vocal minority of those who think Davis misstepped is producer Edward Paige, who worked with Houston. Here’s what he told FoxNews.com Pop Tarts columnist Hollie McKay:
“It’s very sad that commercialism and sponsorship obligations place profit before the memory of a tremendous and fragile artist like Houston,” he said. “Everyone is quick to tweet their support or pay tribute or offer a quote but where are these labels, managers and friends when the artist is alive and in crisis? An artist like Houston that gave the world so much deserved better.”
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Clive Davis Ready for Another AAA-List Grammy Weekend Bash