How the Stars Celebrated Their Grammy Wins, Noms
THR music editor Shirley Halperin ranks the exclusivity level of each party.
With the open bars now closed and the last notes sung, it’s time to look back at Grammy week’s best hangs. Who made the party rounds and where was the scene at? How difficult was it to get in and, if one did, was it worth the hassle? The Hollywood Reporter breaks down Grammy’s most hyped parties and rates their exclusivity level on a scale of 1 to 10. The lowest: your schlubby socially awkward college pal could walk in no problem. The highest: you better be part of an A-lister’s posse or you’re stuck outside the velvet rope.
Usher at the Avalon (Thursday, Feb. 10)
Exclusivity Scale: 6
As R&B hitmaker Usher took the stage for an eight-song set, actor-singer Jamie Foxx reportedly got physical with a former manager and had to take it outside. Fortunately, the six-liter bottle of Belvedere vodka (strategically placed at the end of the red carpet, ‘natch) wasn’t used to knock anyone on the head. Also in attendance: Adam Lambert, Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy and Ryan Phillippe.
Bruno Mars at Bardot (Friday, Feb. 11)
Exclusivity Scale: 7
After a show downtown at Club Nokia, the members of Far East Movement booked to Hollywood for a second performance, sitting in with party host and multiple Grammy nominee Bruno Mars for their hit “Rocketeer.” Wearing his usual fedora, Mars played an all covers set that included songs like Prince’s “Kiss,” Otis Redding’s “(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” joined by Cee-Lo himself. In the audience for the Asics-sponsored party: as many friends, family members and industry movers and shakers (including Warner Music Group chair Lyor Cohen) as Bardot can fit, packed to the gills and drenched in sweat -- not that anyone was complaining, as you can see in the video below.
RocNation-Gucci Brunch at Soho House (Saturday, Feb. 12)
Exclusivity Scale: 8
This daytime event was almost as glamorous as the Grammys themselves. Co-hosted by RocNation head Jay-Z and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, the exclusive rooftop fete featured an assortment of music stars. In one corner sat the redhead contingent, Rihanna and Florence Welch, in another, Beyonce and Solange Knowles greeted guests, members of the media and just about anyone who wanted to say hello. But the king of the party was undoubtedly Jay, who spent much of his time hanging with guy pals Will Smith and Chris Rock. As for the Gucci-RocNation connection? It was a meeting of two “hot brands,” said one of the party organizers.
Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton (Saturday, Feb. 12)
Exclusivity Scale: 9
“I want to be surprised,” said Janelle Monae, a first time attendee and performer at the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala, a Saturday night tradition since 1976. What did she see once inside the ballroom doors? Some 900 music business heavies including label chairmen Lucian Grainge (UMG), Jimmy Iovine (Interscope), Doug Morris (UMG), LA Reid (Island Def Jam), Rob Stringer (Columbia-Epic), Barry Weiss (RCA-Jive) and Lyor Cohen (Warner Music Group) along with movie moguls (Jeffrey Katzenberg), media titans (Les Moonves) and, of course, many, many stars. At one table: Brandy and Monica, who had a hit together in 1998 for “The Boy Is Mine,” jump out of their seats as Whitney Houston took the stage. Backstage, Cher poses with Geffen, recipient of the Industry Icon award. Outside on the balcony, Sarah Silverman rubs shoulders with Barry Manilow. Equal parts random and wonderful, read THR's full Clive Davis recap here.
EMI Party at MILK Studios (Sunday, Feb. 13)
Exclusivity Scale: 7
With 20 wins on Grammy night, EMI execs and artists had plenty to celebrate, and so they did in a sparse but swanky stage with multiple rooms and a slew of food truck options outside. Inside, Keith Urban (wife Nicole Kidman at his side) mingled with fellow country artists Lady Antebellum, the big winner of the night, while Katy Perry posed with fellow nominee Norah Jones and EMI CEO Roger Faxon. Perry's song “Firework” was on repeat much of the time, thanks to the game “Just Dance 2,” one of the event’s sponsors.
Sony Party at Bar Nineteen 12 (Sunday, Feb. 13)
Instead of Iovine’s traditional get-together at his own Tom Tom Club, the Interscope Geffen A&M chairman blew the roof off of Beverly Hills’ L’Ermitage hotel with an ultra-exclusive private concert by Lady Gaga and Dr. Dre who performed his new single “Kush” with Snoop Dogg. Set-up for the bash was so involved that it required a giant crane to reside on Burton Lane for days.
Kings of Leon Party at Trousdale (Sunday, Feb. 13)
Exclusivity Scale: 9
The Grammys’ best party was the one that had no guest list: just a secret password at the door and the promise of a good time for all by hosts Kings of Leon. Like last year, when they took over West Hollywood lounge Voyeur, the Followill boys did not disappoint on any level. Guests included the Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Juliette Lewis, Nick Swardson, Dierks Bentley and Miley Cyrus, who recently had her 18th birthday party at Trousdale and stayed until closing time. Tearing up the dance floor to the Bar Mitzvah classic “Shout” was Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood, still reveling in his band’s five Grammy wins earlier in the night, while seated in a banquette nearby, Adam Lambert, having changed from his red carpet get-up to a more casual black T-shirt and fingerless gloves combination, held court with three male pals and sang along to rock classics like “Shook Me All Night Long” and “Do You Love Me.” He began to make his exit soon after hearing “One Fine Day,” the perfect end-cap as it most certainly was -- and an even better night.
Additional reporting by Charlie Amter