Earlier that afternoon, the singer and actress' longtime inspiration and mentor Whitney Houston passed away suddenly at the age of 48. Though Brandy attended Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys bash, the somber star told Us Weekly she "really wanted to perform" that night, "but I'm in a bad space right now."
On Monday, Brandy decided to publicly pay tribute to the six-time Grammy Award winner. "My heart is destroyed. I lost my idol and dear friend. My prayers go out to Whitney's family and her millions of fans around the world," Brandy told Us in a statement. "Whitney -- the greatest voice of all time -- you are my angel and I will always and forever love you."
The two women starred in the mega-successful TV remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella in 1997; it was the No. 1 program of the week, with more than 60 million viewers.
Houston's body is expected to be flown back east for a rumored funeral in Newark, New Jersey, where she was born in 1963. The "So Emotional" singer is believed to have overdosed on a lethal combination of prescription pills and alcohol in her Beverly Hilton hotel room. She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 18, and her mother, Cissy.