The Best Grammy Party I Got Invited To (but not really)

SATURDAY, midnight, my bedroom

The Best Grammy Party I Got Invited To (but not really)

When I saw the invite in my inbox to Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy shin-dig in Beverly Hills, I couldn't rsvp fast enough. This is the best party to go to by all accounts. It's where Alicia Keys, supposedly got discovered, it's where all the nominees— the big names— go to party and a few perform (the names are kept secret until the night of the party). Last year Kelly Clarkson and Jamie Foxx sang. I hit send on my rsvp, and was deep in thought about dresses when I received a prompt reply from the publicist who said that press was welcome only for arrivals, that they were no longer extending inside access to the media. So, I guess you could say I got invited to a red carpet. I could have, I suppose, stood outside for hours snapping pictures of stars, but so many people do that already and are much better at it, so I stayed home made deviled eggs and drank a martini.

A little after midnight, I found pictures had already been uploaded onto Wireimage..

Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera performed. Smokey Robinson was photographed with Hudson, so I guess there were no hard feelings about Robinson speaking up about Dreamgirls. Justin Timberlake, was a no-show, sick with the flu. Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Naomi Campell and Tyra Banks were there, Fergie, Diddy, Mary J., Pink, and Nelly, Ellen Degeneres and Portia di Rossi, Al Gore was also there with his wife, and even L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Pretty much everyone.

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Performances and a few interviews will also be broadcast on XM Radio's dedicated Grammy channel, GRAMMY Radio (XM 200). And the station will continue Grammy coverage throughout the weekend.

Web-based Real Networks Rhapsody® service, broadcasted the performances live last night, and will rebroadcast the audio of a few all next week.

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Posted by Linda Immediato

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