We’ve made the decisions for you, with our annual curated list of the not-to-be-missed celebrations leading up to and after the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, happening Sunday, February 10, at the Staples Center in DTLA. Be sure to bring the bling – it’s the Grammys and the competition for this year’s coolest clothing is on.
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing 12th Annual Grammy Week Celebration Honoring Willie Nelson
The Village Studios, 1616 Butler Avenue
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
The spin: Willie Nelson joins an illustrious group of musicians honored by the Recording Academy Producer & Engineers Wing (think everyone from Jerry Wexler and Quincy Jones to Neil Young and T-Bone Burnett). Marking 12 years of celebrating artistic achievement, this group puts on a party that draws crowds of the music industry’s top power players.
Billboard Celebrates 2018 Power 100 List
Avra Beverly Hills, 233 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.
The spin: Billboard magazine’s annual Power 100 List bash goes off early on Thursday, a first stop for a Thursday night packed with pre-Grammy parties. At this annual celebration, they honor the Power 100 Executive of the Year Award and give out the Clive Davis Visionary Award. No word yet on who will take home those prizes, but this one always draws lots of industry bigwigs and musicians. Clive Davis, that 86-year-old party animal, starts his weekend of celebrating the best in music here.
Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Celebration
NoMad Hotel, 649 S. Olive St.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
The spin: With a slew of nominees in their stable, it’s no wonder that the Warner Music Group is celebrating by having a huge event just blocks from Staples Center at NoMad Hotel. Their golden ticket gets VIPs into a bash sponsored by Belvedere Vodka and Citi, with performances by Nipsy Hussle and Dua Lipa.
Who’ll be dancing in the crowd: Warner Music’s stable includes Bebe Rexha, Blake Shelton, Cardi B, Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Clarkson and Kacey Musgraves, so expect some stars to glitter here.
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: KYLE attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Mastercard Sensory Lab Grammy Week Edition Party
Fred Segal on Sunset, 8500 Sunset Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.
The spin: Mastercard pops up with a “Sensory Lab” inside Fred Segal, that’s gonna be chockablock with “sonic-themed Priceless experiences.” We’re not quite sure what that actually means, but we do know that rapper Super Duper Kyle is set to perform at the launch party, DJ Mick will add to the sound mix and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda is also on tap. Expect a curated collection of merchandise specially created for the Sensory Lab, by Complex by Joe Freshgoods x Super Duper Kyle, only available if you whip out your Mastercard.
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Spotify Best New Artist Party
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m.
The spin: Spotify’s got the cutting edge of 2019 music coming to the Hammer Museum on Thursday night, with six of eight Best New Artist nominees strutting their stuff in the atrium with a live show. Snag this invite and you’ll see Jorja Smith, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, H.E.R. and sisters Chloe x Halle (whose Super Bowl duet was a highlight of that game) perform. Spotify’s also teasing more special performances and reminding invitees to dress warmly, as the Hammer’s party space is outside.
Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Atlantic Records
Janelle Monae x Instagram Host “Fem the Future” Brunch
Ysabel, 945 N. Fairfax Ave.
Friday, Feb. 8, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The spin: Janelle Monae brings her undeniable style as the host of this afternoon fete honoring all the fem(ales) who are nominated for Grammys in 2019. All those talented women will gather at Ysabel, where the Virgin Mother Mary cocktail will keep them all clearheaded while they chow down on buttermilk pancakes. Or maybe not, with all those traditional skin-baring Grammy Awards outfits to slide into on Sunday afternoon.
2019 MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute Honoring Dolly Parton
Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St.
Friday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.
The spin: Everyone who’s anyone is coming to the MusicCares Person of the Year Tribute to Dolly Parton, ’cause who doesn’t love Dolly? The parade begins with performers Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, then keeps on going with more music by Norah Jones, Vince Gill, Mavis Staples, P!nk, Willie Nelson and even more performers and lovers of Ms. Parton. It’s all to recognize that Dolly is someone who has always given back and the star-studded bash supports the MusicCares org, which helps music industry members stay afloat in times of need.
Friends N’ Family Pre-Grammy Party
Quixote Studios, 1011 Fuller Ave., WeHo
Friday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The spin: Love the nightlife? Then the 22nd Annual Friends N’ Family pre-Grammy party is the place to be on Friday night. Grab a flute of Veuve Cliquot or a snifter of The Macallen and start dancing as Samantha Ronson spins her magic and other performers keep things rolling into the wee hours. Expect to see Sofi Tucker, Grades, Mike Spinella, Elohim and Elderbrook perform before the night is over.
Who’ll be dancing the night away: Music company pals from all the big players – from BMI and Disney Music Group to Warner/Chapell, Atlantic Records and more – reveling in the way that their talented musicians continue to ignite the imaginations of the world.
GBK Presents the 2019 Pre-Grammy Luxury Gifting Lounge
W Hotel Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave.
Friday, Friday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. cocktails and Saturday, Feb. 9, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The spin: GBK (and impresario Gavin Keilly) always have something special to lure top-name celebrities to their gifting suites, with luxury items ranging from diamonds and watches to exotic vacations. His Grammy gifting suites always have high-end audio offerings ranging from the hottest new headphones to cool Bluetooth speakers, too, all served up with premium cocktails and wines.
Who’ll be going home with a giant bag of swag: Past years have lured Grammy winners and nominees alike, including Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Antonique Smith and Manny Marroquin, so there’s sure to be some celebrity wattage on this top swag scene this year.
8th Annual Music Managers Brunch
LP Rooftop, 603 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The spin: For the eighth year of the Music Managers Brunch, host Blue Williams of Family Tree keeps the “behind-the-scenes movers and shakers” right out in the open, honoring managers for their contributions to their clients’ success. Williams is also spearheading and celebrating the launch of BEMMA, the Black Entertainment Managers & Agents Association.
Who’ll be singing a happy tune in between bites: Due up on the roof to join the fun are Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow and Nick Cannon.
Los Angeles Nominee CelebrationDelilah, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo
Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.
The spin: Nominees for prizes in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards gather for an afternoon of glad-handing and back-patting at this annual bash hosted by the Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter. They’re likely to choose Delilah’s signature mescal-elderflower-raspberry drink known as “Tin Pan Alley” to stay in keeping with the weekend’s theme.
Who’ll be singing a happy tune in between bites: Perennial nominee (and winner, too) Weird Al Yankovic leads the pack, with Pete Wentz, Linda Perry, Ledisi and a host of other musical stars expected to stop by.
The 2019 Pre-Grammy Gala
Beverly Hilton Hotel
Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
The spin: The annual Pre-Grammy Gala hosted by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy returns to the Beverly Hilton, where a packed ballroom will witness famed music manager Clarence Avant receive the 2019 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons award. Avant’s clients have ranged from Freda Payne and Lalo Schifrin to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds and L.A. Reid. As usual, this hot ticket will be cashed in by the well-known clients of Avant, Davis and other power players in the music game, so expect a star-studded evening at this exclusive bash.
Janie’s Fund Viewing Party Hosted by Steven Tyler
Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue
Sunday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The spin: For those not nominated, Steven Tyler has an alternative to watching the show at home in your pajamas. Instead, get dolled up and head over to his Janie’s Fund Viewing Party, where Tyler and Aerosmith will perform, Jane Lynch will host and proceeds go to the Janie’s Fund, created by Tyler to aid abused girls. Tickets start at $2,500 and go up from there.
Lady Gaga at the Critics’ Choice Awards (Photo: Getty Images)
Universal Music Group After Party
The Row, 777 Alameda St.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 8:30 p.m.
The spin: UMG has five of the eight nominees in the top “Record of the Year” category. If Drake, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, or Zedd take home the golden gramophone, you could see them celebrating with it here.
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