The show must go on … but should the party, too?
No one expected the folks behind the annual Grammy Awards to cancel the telecast in the wake of Whitney Houston’s shocking death over the weekend. But some are questioning the wisdom of throwing a party four floors below where Houston’s body still remained while a crime lab van stood parked outside.
In light of the stark contrast between the tragedy of her death and the celebration at the star-studded soiree, for those in attendance at the party, the backlash is burgeoning.
Kim Kardashian (whose ex-boyfriend Ray J was Houston’s on and off again beau, and reportedly in the hotel trying to gain access to the room) was photographed smiling alongside the likes of Jane Fonda and Britney Spears, while Diana Ross and Barry Gordy hammed it up for the cameras. Stars like Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland, Sir Richard Branson, Mary J. Blige and Jon Voight also attended.
But an entertainment industry figure slammed the decision not to cancel the party, telling Pop Tarts, “this wasn’t a show that had to go on as it was a party with entertainment,” and expressed confusion as to why Davis, of all people, would not have pulled the party plug immediately.
The Davis event was quickly re-branded from being a “party” to a tribute to the late Houston….
Still, some critics argue that the party took the “show must go on” mantra a little too far.
“It’s very sad that commercialism and sponsorship obligations place profit before the memory of a tremendous and fragile artist like Houston,” Hollywood producer, Edward Paige, who previously worked with Houston on some shoots, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “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.”
There were several stars, including Taylor Swift, Sharon Osbourne and Miley Cyrus, who declined to attend the Davis bash, or any pre-Grammy party for that matter, out of respect for the woman who was deemed one of the biggest industry icons.