Cissy Houston refuses to stay at Beverly Hilton Hotel for BET Awards
Cissy Houston is in Los Angeles to pay tribute to her late daughter, Whitney Houston, at today’s BET Awards.
Cissy Houston, 78, has reportedly switched hotels after she was booked at the Beverly Hilton Hotel- where her daughter died in February.
TMZ.com reports Cissy Houston plans to visit the room where the singer passed away – but plans to do so on her own time.
Cissy Houston is in town from her native New Jersey, reportedly to perform a tribute to her late daughter alongside other female singers at the July 1 ceremony.
A source familiar with BET’s plans said earlier this month she will be joined by “a few top divas”, although the source could not give their names.
Cissy Houston’s performance undoubtedly comes at a time when the death of her daughter is still very fresh.
Whitney Houston died on February 11, at the age of 48.
She was found unresponsive in the bathtub of room 434 at the Beverly Hilton.
Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.
TMZ reports Cissy Houston’s reservation has been moved to the Regent Beverly Wilshire to accommodate her wish not to sleep at the Hilton.
Meanwhile, it was revealed last month the matriarch has signed a deal with HarperCollins to tell the “unabridged and unbelievable story” of her Grammy Award-winning daughter.
The still untitled book is scheduled to come out next February.
The BET Awards will air live from The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay-Z are the top nominees.
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