This past weekend I was in LA for the Grammy’s, as I’ve mentioned in a couple previous posts. It was amazing to be in the sunny city and to be a part of such an important night in music. Saturday night I went to the pre-grammy OM Records Groove Armada DJ set at the Supper Club, which was probably everything you’d picture it to be – strobe lights, a smoke machine, heavy techno and inappropriate dancing. Following that I made it over to Hemingway’s for the AllSaints Spitalfields party featuring Patrick Carney of the Black Keys who did a DJ set, Devendra Banhart and IO Echo. Spotted among the crowd were Jared and Nathan Followil of Kings of Leon and apparently Ivanka Trump was there too? See pictures here.
Sunday was Grammy day, and I attended the pre-telecast hosted by Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” “Good Lovin'”) that afternoon before making my way over to the Staples Center for the main event. During the pre-telecast La Roux won a Grammy for best Electronic/Dance Album and The Black Keys won two awards: Best Alternative Album for Brothers and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the single “Tighten Up.” Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, won a Grammy for Best Musical Show for his work on the hit Broadway musical American Idiot. Other winners included Cee Lo Green who scored Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “F*** You” and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical awarded to Danger Mouse.
During the telecast of course is when things really started to get exciting with performance from Muse, Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and Usher, Mumford and Sons, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and much much more. My favorite was Muse because they are one of my absolute favorite bands, so seeing them live, even for just one song, was a thrilling moment. The B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae performance was pretty great too. I saw Janelle Moae at the Edison Ballroom over the summer, so seeing her journey from a small venue to the Grammy’s was pretty exciting. She has an amazing voice and deserves to be on that stage.
I won’t go into particulars about the event and the winners (I already did that here) but it was an amazing night, and the best part was definitely seeing so many amazing acts perform live on the same stage. After the show wrapped it was time for the after party. With a Studio 54 theme, the offical Grammy after party was packed with dancers in short shorts and roller skates, fros, people on stilts and all kinds of weird and unusual spectacles. There were also performances by The Roots and Keri Hilson, followed by a DJ set. And did I mention it was open bar? Yeah, that was fun too.
To see all my pictures from the weekend click here.