Grammy Parties: The Complete Guide

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The scoop on the week's biggest music-themed bashes.

The music industry knows how to party. But just in case anyone needs a not-so-subtle reminder, L.A. transforms into a party playground during Grammys week for the biz’s biggest names and industry players who will try to keep up with a dizzying schedule of bashes. Here's a rundown of what to expect:


Capitol Music Group
Capitol Studio A 1750 Vine Street, Los Angeles
CMG and Steve Barnett are hosting a special evening of special performances to celebrate Sunday’s awards.

Recording Academy Producers & Engineers' Wing Event honoring Nile Rodgers
The Village recording studio, 1616 Butler Ave., Los Angeles
Expected at this event to fete Rodgers are Avicii, Al Jarreau, Ledisi, Slash and Rick Rubin

The Roots Jam Session featuring Miguel and Floetry
Hotel Café, 1623 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles
The hip-hop/neo soul stars take the stage for their annual series of events that see the band back a string of buzzworthy performers at the Hollywood live music venue.


Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The annual international music exhibition, conference and festival gathers friends and colleagues for a cocktail party to celebrate the big week.

The Roots Jam Session featuring Nico & Vinz, Mayer Hawthorne
Hotel Café, 1623 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

Grammy in the Schools Live!
Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
Hunter Hayes heads on stage at this event, which pairs industry notables with local students.

For the Love of R&B Party in Tribute to Whitney Tribute
The Attic, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Kelly Price teams with hosts Ginuwine and Faith Evans for a special event to honor the late legend, who died three years ago. No doubt, revelers and boldfaced name guests will give special pause to Bobbi Kristina Brown this year. Guests expected include Tank, Ledisi, Avery Sunshine, Lalah Hathaway and Mali Music.

Aloe Blacc
The Nice Guy, 401 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles
The soulful crooner hosts an evening featuring an acoustic set in partnership with Citibank. 


Billboard Power 100
Bouchon, 235 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
To toast Billboard’s fourth annual ranking of the music industry’s most powerful, THR’s sister publication hosts a VIP bash at chef Thomas Keller’s Canon Drive hot spot.

ESSENCE Sixth Annual Black Women In Music Event
Avalon, 1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles
In previous years, the mag has feted such females as Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles. This year the focus (and spotlight) will be on Grammy winner Jill Scott, who was selected for her impact on music and the arts. Scott will perform along with Chaka Khan, Brandy, MC Lyte and Lianne La Havas.

Official Talent Gift Lounge
Staples Center, 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles
Presented by MTG featuring New Era and Sean John, Distinctive Assets returns for a 16th year to host the Official Backstage Gift Lounge of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Levi’s & Snoop Dogg
Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
The Doggfather will debut a new album in March — the Pharrell-produced Bush — and he’s kicking off his promotional push with a Grammys party-collabo with the denim kings at Levi’s. (We hear he’s also hosting an exclusive listening party at the Levi’s Haus earlier in the day).

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
The agency’s music partnership group hosts a special Grammys week celebration at the Century City headquarters featuring special performances by Nick Jonas and Hunter Hayes.

17th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert
Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th St., Los Angeles
The foundation puts on its yearly “Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy” and this year will showcase the talents of Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Aloe Blacc and Rozzi Crane, among others.

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine
Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills
This invite-only affair will see the mag toast cover star John Legend — an Oscar nominee for his work on a song for Selma as well as a Grammy nominee for his ubiquitous hit track All of Me — who will be joined in the Crystal Ballroom by Ava DuVernay, Common, Chrissy Teigen and others.

Fox Rothschild
London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
The law firm is back for a third consecutive year with an event hosted by the Fox Rothschild Entertainment Department to toast current and former Grammy nominees and clients.

Delta Air Lines
Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The airline — the official carrier of the Grammy Awards — hosts guests for an invite-only bash that will feature acts including Charli XCX, Questlove and Hunter Hayes.

Google Play and Rolling Stone
El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
For their Grammy party collaboration, Google and Rolling Stone drafted Childish Gambino, The Weeknd and DJ Samantha Ronson.

Hit Boy
Private Residence, Los Angeles
The artist is hosting a black-tie event to celebrate his 2015 nominations. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres are promised as is a live performance by new HS87 artist Preston Harris.

Motown Presents A New Definition of Soul
The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
BJ The Chicago Kid, Kevin Ross and James Davis are on the roster along with special surprise guests. Peter Rosenberg hosts.

The Roots Jam Session featuring K. Michelle, YG and LeCrae
Hotel Café, 1623 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles

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Big Sean listening party
Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The rapper hosts a private reception to present his latest effort, Dark Sky Paradise, which features acts including Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and John Legend.

GEM the App with Fame Music
Soho House, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
GEM, Fame and theAudience team with Skrillex for a big bash to benefit African schools and music departments in celebration of the Made in Africa Foundation and Bridges for Music. 

MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
For its big milestone — this year delivers the 25th annual gala dinner and concert benefiting musicians in need — the org selected the folk rock pioneer and living legend for what will be a legendary night. Set to take the stage are Beck, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, John Mellencamp, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder; Jack White, Neil Young and Jackson Browne, among others. Also on the schedule: Jimmy Carter will present to Dylan and Don Was will serve as the musical director. Guests will sip on Ciroc cocktails as the vodka brand has been named the official vodka of the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

T.I.'s Private Show

Sayers Club, 1645 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles

Sony and Columbia Records are teaming with Grand Hustle and Avion Tequila to present a special concert with the rapper at the Hollywood hot spot. 

BET's Music Matters Showcase: The Grammy Edition

H.O.M.E., House of Music & Entertainment, 430 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills

BET's roster of Grammy nominated music will be toasted with a showcase featuring nominees Mali Music, Luke James, Antonique Smith along with Avery Wilson and Kierra Sheard. Also due to appear are Jazmine Sullivan and Kierra Sheard.


Roc Nation Brunch
Private residence
This invite-only affair is always one of the hottest tickets of the weekend as Jay Z plays host to a starry selection of guests, who will be treated this year to D’usse specialty beverages and an Armand De Brignac champagne bar paired with gourmet bites. (This year Rihanna and Ed Sheeran are expected, and of course, Beyonce). PUMA, Brooklyn Direct and Citibank have signed on for sponsorship duties.

BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" Panel

1OAK, 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

The process for writing, producing and performing hit songs takes center stage during this annual pre-Grammy event, which will be moderated by BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton. Panelists include: Rick Ross, Ester Dean, David Hodges, Mannie Fresh and Natalie Hemby. 

Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktails, 8117 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Nielsen Entertainment hosts its second annual pre-Grammy party with a special performance by Bastille with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Lucian Grainge’s 2015 Artist Showcase
The Theater at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway St., Los Angeles
A cocktail party will precede a star-packed showcase featuring 12 acts.

Primary Wave
Rivabella, 9201 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Primary Wave hosts its 9th annual pre-Grammy get-together, this year featuring CeeLo Green, Jane Lynch, Deborah Cox, Zendaya, Melissa Etheridge, Elle Macpherson and Gabrielle Union. DJ Skee and DJ Base will split music duties while Cross Pens and FotoFwd split sponsorship duties.

Kanema and Sean Kingston
6363 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
“Surprise celebrity guests” are promised for the Kingston’s party. What we do know is this: DJ L Double E will be on the turntables.

ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Grammy Brunch
SLS Hotel, 465 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
Expected on the scene at this VIP affair are Kelly Price, Melanie Fiona, Keke Palmer, Antonique Smith and Malcolm Jamal-Warner.

Island Life!
STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
Island Records hosts a pre-Grammy cocktail party, hosted by David Massey and featuring guest DJ Nova Nockafeller.

Clive Davis Pre-Grammy gala
Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
He may be 82, but Davis hasn’t slowed down one bit when it comes to lording over his annual night-before bash that literally jam-packs the star power under one roof. Last year, Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge was feted with the Salute to Industry Icons Award while such artists as Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This year promises to be just as unforgettable. On the guest list this year: Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson.


Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
This invite-only bash is always a major draw, and one that is billed as the “night before until the morning of” Grammy Sunday for clients, colleagues and friends of the agency.


Following the big show, Gloria Gaynor, Jessie J and celeb DJ Michelle Pesce take top billing for the Recording Academy’s official after party at the L.A. Convention Center where the theme will be “Passport to the World.” … Warner Music Group hosts its after party at the Chateau Marmont with a surprise roster of performers (and sponsors like Spotify and DeLeon Tequila) and expected guests like Lily Allen, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton and Ed Sheeran. … Universal Music Group and Lucian Grange host a bash at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Confirmed guests include Gwen Stefani, Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj, Austin Mahone and more. … GQ teams with Giorgio Armani for a bash at the Hollywood Athletic Club with GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and featuring “The Legacy Project” issue. … Pandora hits the town for a second year with a T-Mobile-sponsored after party featuring a DJ set by Lil Jon at Hollywood’s Create Nightclub. ... Republic/Big Machine will host a bash at Warwick. … Sony toasts its winners at the new Palm location in Beverly Hills. … Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett perform together at The Wiltern. … RedFoo heads to Hollywood’s Lucky Strike lanes for a single release party.