Even though it was her birthday, Brandy didn’t much feel like celebrating as she mourned the loss of Whitney Houston.
The singer, who turned 33 on Sunday, cancelled her show with Monica Brown on Saturday; the two were set to perform "The Boy Is Mine" and "It All Belongs To Me" at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party.
When word got out about the sudden, tragic loss, it shuttered the duo’s plans. While Brandy and Monica never got to perform at Clive’s party—which by many accounts had become more of an impromptu memorial for the fallen icon—Whitney did get a chance to see Brandy and Monica rehearse the song prior to her passing. The "How Will I Know" diva was even caught on camera chatting with Monica between takes.
"Whitney was at our rehearsal. She’s so funny," Monica confirmed via Twitter. "She told me U KILLED that run u stole from me at the end of It All Belongs To Me." The singer also praised Whitney in an interview during rehearsals.
"It made it feel good when she was in the audience…just reminding us and helping us with sound and doing different things today," Monica said. "Their expertise—hers or Mr. Davis’—it can’t be found anywhere else."
While Brandy was processing Whitney’s shocking death, she also had the difficult task of comforting her brother Ray J. He and Whitney had been spotted together quite a bit in her final days. Initial reports of her death also pegged him as the person who found her body.
"This is a sad time for Ray J and everyone in the music business that has had the great pleasure of knowing Whitney and enjoying her as a wonderful person and outstanding music artist," one of Ray’s reps said in a statement. They also took the opportunity to dismiss speculation about the nature of his relationship with Whitney. "Although Ray J maintained a close relationship with Whitney, I cannot comment on any details other than he is mourning over this tremendous loss. Our condolences to her family. She will be missed."
Whitney Houston dead at 48