Stars Hold A Minute Of Silence For Whitney Houston At Pre-Grammy Dinner

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By Radar Staff

Whitney Houston was honored at a special Pre-Grammy dinner at Mr. C hotel in Beverly Hills Saturday night where a minute of silence was held for guests to pay their respects.

The gathering was hosted by LL Cool J
, who will be at the helm of proceedings at the music awards show Sunday, and came just hours after the 48-year-old singer died.

Other celebrities who attended included football star Tim Tebow, Magic Johnson, Mark Burnett, Rob Lowe, Zac Efron and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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Just before guests sat down to dinner around 11pm, the President of Hennessey West Coast, who sponsored the event, asked for a moment of silence for the fallen star saying “we lost a great artist.”

“It was definitely the elephant in the room,” a source told RadarOnline. “No one was shocked or deeply surprised by her death.”

Basketball legend Magic Johnson called Whitney’s passing “just so sad.”

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The event was a fundraiser for the Chrysalis foundation that helps give homeless people a new start.

Grammy producers have said it’s too late to do any major changes in the show but that Jennifer Hudson will sing a tribute in honor of Houston.

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