Davis discovered Houston in 1983, and he says he’s proud that their bond is highlighted in the upcoming documentary about his life, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives – which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
“This week I saw a sneak preview of a documentary that the Ridley Scott firm has done on my life,” Davis told PEOPLE Thursday ahead of his annual pre-Grammys gala. “It was quite a special experience because my feeling about Whitney comes out in this documentary, where I am dedicated to make sure that her legacy is known [and] celebrated – the uniqueness of it.”
Houston died after being found submerged in the bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, 2012 — the same day as Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party on Feb. 11, 2012. The cause of death was deemed accidental drowning, and an autopsy showed she had various drugs in her system.
“Yes, she became afflicted and it led to her premature passing with drugs,” Davis says. “But those of us that knew Whitney, those of us who were aware of who she really was, and what her talent represented – it’s so unique.”
And Davis, 84, says he’s “thrilled” that “the real Whitney comes through shining” in the documentary as well.
“Yes, it touches and it shows her battling this life-threatening and ultimately premature passing,” he says. “But her story and her incredibly unique talent comes soaring through.”
Adds Davis: “It’s the fifth anniversary of her passing. The years go by quickly. But her music, her talent — I’m dedicated to making sure that people never forget her.”