Whitney Houston, on Feb. 9, 2012
02/10/2012 AT 12:30 PM EST
With this coming Sunday's awards night igniting Grammy fever
throughout L.A., Whitney Houston
was among the revelers having a grand old time at Thursday's "Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party" at Tru Hollywood.
The singer, herself a six-time Grammy winner
, made her entrance two hours after the party got going, emerging from a Cadillac Escalade in a snug black cocktail gown with a plunging neckline.
Among her large party was her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown
, 18, and the two clutched hands on the red carpet before hastily heading inside the venue.
Inside, sitting within the VIP area with Bobbi Kristina and a large group, Houston, 48, seemed to be in great spirits. Shortly after 11 p.m., she had her hands in the air and was dancing to the R&B group Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison."
Moments later, El DeBarge, 50, arrived and, after making a beeline to Houston's table, the two shared a joyous hug.
Introducing her daughter to everyone who stopped by during the course of the night, Houston looked to be having a very happy time, before zipping off to what was said to be an even more private area of the club.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.