Cissy Houston Going To Clive Davis' Grammy Party? Whitney's Mother Turns Up Nose At 'Obscene' Invitation

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Cissy Houston listens to her son Gary Houston sing during a memorial to her late daughter Whitney Houston at Gospelfest in Newark, N.J., on May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) | AP

Most people would give their right arm to snag a coveted invitation to Clive Davis' Grammy party -- but not Cissy Houston.

The mother of the late Whitney Houston, who died last year on the night of Davis' shindig, expressed offense at having been invited to the record executive's annual celebration, calling the invitation "unheard of."

"I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing," Houston, 79, told "Access Hollywood" on Thursday. "I don't know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? ... I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake."

But unlike their mother, Whitney's brother Gary and sister-in-law Pat will take part in Saturday's festivities. They told "Entertainment Tonight" that they will attend in support of Davis.

"[Clive] was such an important part of Whitney's life. I mean, that was her industry father, and he really, really was," Pat said. "My husband and I will definitely be there this weekend to support Clive. Absolutely."

Davis, 80, has said he'll find a way to pay tribute to Whitney's honor at this year's event, which will take place in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the same building in which Whitney was found dead on Feb. 11, 2012.

"She was this generation's greatest, greatest singing talent," Davis told E! News. "So we'll do something over the course of the evening Saturday night to show that. ... It's very much with me, and she'll be with me."

Davis and Whitney's friendship and professional collaboration is the stuff of pop music legend. Davis spotted Whitney while she was performing in a New York City nightclub and later signed her to Arista Records. He is credited with bringing her career to prominence, and the two were known throughout the music industry as fast friends.

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