Whitney Houston's Mentor Clive Davis Tips Adele For Grammy Awards Success

12 February 2012, 21:51 | Updated: 12 February 2012, 22:16

The producer and records executive says Adele's '21' should win at tonight's awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Whitney Houston's longtime mentor Clive Davis has named Adele his pick to walk away as a winner at the Grammy Awards tonight (12th February).

Clive, who is widely credited for discovering Whitney, who died yesterday at the age of 48, says Adele is most deserving of the Album of the Year Grammy Award for her 2011 record '21'.

"All the nominees – it's a worthy thing to get nominated, but this has been the year of Adele," Davis told MTV News this week. "No disrespect to any other nominees. 

"In this era where there is perhaps too much electronica and dance music [although] I love it," he explained. "It's inventive, but it should not be the totality of what is exposed.

"She has just come back with pure music," Clive said. "Just throwing her head back and singing out with full voice, but songs that resonate as well."

He added: "It's been an incredible impact on music and worthy of being singled out, as I'm sure it will be."

Whitney Houston's family released their first public statement earlier today since news broke of her death, and said they were 'devastated' by their loss and will "miss her terribly".

Adele has been nominated for six awards at the Grammy Awards 2012 tonight including Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Keep it Capital for all the last news on the Grammy Awards, which take place live tonight from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.