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Inside the Netflix fete at the Waldorf Astoria, Drake — an executive producer for the streamer’s revival of Top Boy —?added “top DJ” to his multihyphenate status. He earned the title by proving he was patient, too.
Event DJ Daisy O’Dell dared the hip-hop artist and producer to spin, and he?took her up on it. Drake stood next to her booth around 11 p.m. inside the Netflix party in the Waldorf Astoria — just as chief content officer Ted Sarandos snapped a photo of the packed dance floor — watching as Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, producer Charles King, Stranger Things’ Joe Keery (with Maika Monroe) and Millie Bobby Brown cut a rug dancing to one of Williams’ tracks — the Rihanna and N.E.R.D. collaboration “Lemon.”
“They’re trying to figure out the WiFi situation,” explained one reveler who had been clued into the action. Once it all got sorted, the actor-turned-rapper-turned-mogul got his chance and he stayed on the decks for well over an hour, playing DJ to the packed party, which also featured branded flip-flops for female guests and mysterious dancing hands serving Moet & Chandon disguised behind a paneled wall. He had stars like Zoe Kravitz and Alia Shawkat grooving for an hour to tracks like Kelis‘ “Millionaire,” Outkast’s “She Lives in My Lap” and Missy Elliott’s “Oops (Oh My).”
There was no hiding the fact that the Globes party circuit produced a DJ battle of sorts as Drake may have staked a claim to No. 1 status followed closely by Amazon Studios, which hosted superstar siblings Mark Ronson and Samantha Ronson for their bash inside the Stardust Ballroom at the Hilton. The two turned it out enough to get stars like Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Chris Hemsworth and his Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi crashing the dance floor.
Meanwhile, Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was trying to gain entrance to the party but a party staffer couldn’t immediately find his name on the list. A fellow reveler had to whisper in their ear who he was, but not before Kraft told the staffer that he was only there to see “the boss,” presumably referring to billionaire boss Jeff Bezos. But after Kraft learned that Bezos had already come and gone, Kraft opted to skip the line and go party hopping. He was later seen at HBO.
A version of this story appears in the Jan. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.