On Feb. 11, 2013, on the day of his 37th annual Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton in L.A., legendary record executive Clive Davis received the tragic news.
Whitney Houston, his close friend and protégé, whose career he’d mentored and fostered since she was just a teenager, had died in her hotel room upstairs at age 48. Houston was supposed to be attend the party as a guest – instead Davis never saw her alive again.
“I miss her,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I miss her personally, and I miss her as staggering performer.”