"I very much want people to know why all of us in the industry considered her the greatest contemporary singer," says the producer

By Melody Chiu
Updated February 14, 2016 02:10 PM
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It’s been four years since Whitney Houstondied tragically on the night of her longtime producer’s pre-Grammy gala, and Clive Davis says the diva will never be forgotten.

“This party was the favorite night of the year of Whitney Houston from the time I discovered her in 1983,” Davis told PEOPLE Thursday. “She performed at this party maybe six, seven, eight times over the years.”

Some of Davis’ favorite Houston performances at his bash include a “great night where she did ‘Shoop Shoop,’ ” Brandy sang “Sitting in My Room” and Mary J. Blige belted “Not Gon’ Cry,” he recalls.

This year, those close to the Houston and Brown family are also mourning the loss of the star’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who died in July.

“I very much want people to know why all of us in the industry considered [Whitney] the greatest contemporary singer,” says Davis, who’s hosting his party Sunday evening. “I will make sure that on the 40th anniversary of this party, Whitney is continued to be remembered.”

Reporting by MARIAH HAAS