Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

Last night at his annual pre-GRAMMY party, Clive Davis honored his friend, Whitney Houston.

The music exec, whose new book about his career, The Soundtrack of My Life, comes out February 19, played a rarely scene video of Whitney singing “All The Man That I Need” at a concert for the troops, according to E! Online.

Davis honored his friend, who passed away only hours before last year’s party, with just one short, but sweet statement.

“She was the greatest contemporary singer of our lifetime,” he said.

The night also honored music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who is known for signing Usher and Pink. According to The Wall Street Journal, Reid accepted his “Salute to Industry Icons” award right after Usher performed his GRAMMY-nominated song “Climax,” telling the singer, “When I watch you perform like that, I feel complete.”

Katy Perry and John Mayer came to the party wearing…

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