The lounge was open from Thursday until Saturday before the Grammys. Lorde, Gloria Gaynor and Billie Joe Armstrong came, as did Steven Tyler, Lance Bass and Nine Inch Nails, and finally Ringo Starr, Boyz II Men, George Clinton and Queen Latifah on the last day. Fancy!
The gifts themselves totaled $25,000 in value, not including those in the "unofficial gift lounges" (ever heard of a vagina steamer
?) and other Grammy-related ceremonies. At $8000, the most expensive gift in the lounge was a "Best of Las Vegas" package, which included show tickets to everything from Blue Man Group to the Chippendales, plus a Pawn Stars
tour where the recipient actually gets to be on the show. Dot-Marie Jones - aka Coach Beiste on Glee
- was said to be really excited about the Las Vegas package.
The host of the Grammys LL Cool J, was said to be impressed by the "world's first bluetooth gramophone" from Gramovox ($350), which replicates the old-timey funneled sound when connected to a bluetooth-enabled device. Ok!
But that was just the tip of the iceberg...
How'd you like the Grammys last night? Not so much? Well, perhaps that's just because you didn't get invited the schwagapalooza, aka the gifting suites. This year as always, Grammy presenters, performers and nominees got a shit ton of free stuff.