Whitney Houston, R. Kelly Perform at Pre-Grammy Gala

Singer Whitney Houston arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, California on February 12, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

Whitney Houston, R. Kelly, and other high-profile artists performed at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party Sunday.

Kelly won a standing ovation with his performance, which culminated in a touching rendition of "When A Woman Loves." He also sang "Step In The Name of Love," and "Your Body's Calling," AP reports.

Houston, clad in a shimmering sequin dress, finished off the night with what AP reported to be a shaky set, sounding "weary and hoarse" as she sang a tribute to her cousin, Dionne Warwick. As a finale, Warwick joined her onstage to sing "That's What Friends Are For."

The gala, which is one of the most exclusive events in the week leading up to the Grammys, was dedicated to Dreamworks co-founder and record executive David Geffen.

Geffen's longtime friend Cher paid tribute to the influential producer, who received the Recording Academy's President's Merit Award.

"When David asked me to do this I just wanted to kill myself, but you can't say no to himI actually have no idea what this (expletive) award is, but whatever it is, I'm sure he deserves it," she joked, as reported by AP.

Cee Lo Green, Mumford & Sons, and Jennifer Hudson also performed at the event.

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