Music’s biggest weekend is back in L.A. and it feels like it’s on steroids. There are so many Grammy parties, we can’t even keep up. But we’ll try!
On Thursday, Warner Music kicked off the weekend with a starry bash at Hollywood Athletic Club. Stars like Missy Elliott, D-Nice, Charlie Puth, and Wiz Khalifa attended. A cool Nile Rodgers floated through the room, while even jaded industry types looked gobsmacked as the legend walked by.
The star of the night, however, was the label’s Best New Artist nominee Omar Apollo. He performed at Spotify’s bash for nominees before hitting the stage at Warner. Everyone in the room was buzzing about how he’s going to take home the award. (Ok, maybe they’re a little biased.)
Anderson Paak took over as the night’s DJ, where he encouraged the “beautiful people, sexy people” and “broke people” to “make some noise!” He later took center stage on the dance floor and busted some moves.
Next up: The music crowd fled to Jen Henson Studios where Stella McCartney was celebrating a partnership with Adidas. John Mayer, Noah Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Demi Lovato and Kris Novoselic were some of the stars who were spotted at that party. A spy caught McCartney “dancing with her dad,” Paul, who also caught up with Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr.
Russell Wilson and Ciara made it a date night at the Recording Academy Black Music Collective event, where she was a surprise performer and presented Missy Elliot with the Global Impact Award, we’re told.
Primary Wave and Whitney Houston’s estate kicked off their week-long celebration honoring the late singer at the W hotel in Hollywood. Skylar Stecker performed “Saving All My Love.”
And there’s more!
On Friday, Musicares will host its annual gala honoring Motown’s Berry Gordy. Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy celebration will return to the Beverly Hilton on Saturday after being forced to go virtual over the past two years. Cardi B and Lizzo are expected to attend that party. Universal Music Group’s Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge will host his artist showcase the same night. Usher is also getting in the mix with a party he’s throwing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album, we’re told. And Russell Simmons will host a seated dinner in the Hollywood Hills to celebrate 50 years of hip hop that afternoon.
Saturday afternoon, of course, belongs to the Roc Nation brunch. We hear Jay-Z and Beyoncé are expected. Speaking of Bey, there are whispers that she’ll be performing at the main event, but it’s so top secret that even her label is in the dark.
“No one knows. Seriously, no one knows,” an insider told Page Six, adding that the one exception is her fiercely loyal publicist.
“Only Yvette!” they said.
The countdown is on.