Clive Davis' Grammy Party Class Photo: Jennifer Hudson, Chance the Rapper, DNCE and More (Exclusive)

Joe Pugliese

On the eve of music's big night, Sony Music's chief creative officer, for the 41st year, brought together industry titans and top talent — including Maren Morris, Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — at the Beverly Hilton.

Music's brightest stars came out for Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis' 41st annual pre-Grammy gala, hosted by Davis, who was introduced by Nancy Pelosi, and the Recording Academy. The Beverly Hilton party saw the return of legend Joni Mitchell, who was escorted by Cameron Crowe, alongside Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Jane Fonda.

Jennifer Hudson delivered the first of several standing ovation tributes with a rendition of the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," followed by Maxwell, who honored Prince's legacy. Other highlights included performances from Chance the Rapper, breakout country star Maren Morris and Neil Diamond, who led a sing-along to "Sweet Caroline." Mary J. Blige also paid tribute to BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee, who told the crowd that "music has the power to bring us all together."

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This story first appeared in the Feb. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.