The Life As Shay Report:
Now, unfortunately I can’t get you into the hottest 2015 Grammy Week events, but the least I can do is make you aware! Here’s to the party crashers…
Tuesday, Feb. 3
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing’s Grammy Week Event – 7:30 p.m., The Village Recording Studios
Nile Rodgers (whose hit single “Le Freak” was just inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014) will be honored in the eighth installment of this annual homage to production and sound quality. EDM DJ and producer Avicii, plus Grammy winners like Al Jarreau, Ledisi, Slash, Rick Rubin, Jody Watley and “Weird Al” Yankovic, will add some musical star power.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Grammy Connect – 5 p.m., YouTube Space L.A.
Social media pros and experts unite to discuss new technology-based tools – over tunes byPentatonix and Us The Duo.
For the Love of R&B, For the Love of Whitney Tribute – 9 p.m., Private
The Houston family — along with Faith Evans, Ginuwine and Isaiah Washington — will be present at Kelly Price and Sang Girl Inc.’s second annual all-star tribute to icon Whitney Houston. Price, Evans, Ginuwine and guests, including Eric Benet, Antonique Smith, Kenny Lattimore, Avery Sunshine, Goapele, Boney James, B.Slade and many more, will pay their respects in musical performances.
Thursday, Feb. 5
The Recording Academy’s Grammy Brunch – 11 a.m., The Redbury Hotel
Leading industry names will take over the library level of sbe’s hip Hollywood hotel for an official Grammy kickoff meal.
ESSENCE Black Women in Music – 7 p.m., Avalon Hollywood
Superstar performers Chaka Khan, Brandy, MC Lyte and Lianne La Havas, and honoree Jill Scott, will help honor black artists and moments from the magazine’s 45-year history.
Friday, Feb. 6
ASCAP and Sonos Celebrate Lee Ann Womack – 5 p.m., Sonos Studio
The past Grammy winner and current Grammy-nominated country artist will discuss her writing process and inspirations before treating guests to an intimate performance.
MusiCares – 5:30 p.m., L.A. Convention Center
Bob Dylan will be anointed as 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year at the star-studded tribute concert, where famed artists including Beck, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt,Eddie Vedder, Neil Young and Jack White will grace the stage. Proceeds from this 25th annual gala (consisting of a reception, auction, dinner and tribute) will benefit the MusiCares foundation, which supports artists in times of need.
Saturday, Feb. 7
ASCAP Grammy Nominee Brunch – 11 a.m., SLS Hotel
Past attendees of this starry brunch hosted by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) include Ozzy Osbourne and Jermaine Dupri, and this year, notables like Lee Ann Womack, Kelly Price, Melanie Fiona, Keke Palmer, Antonique Smith and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will gather to celebrate fellow Grammy-nominated members.
Roc Nation Grammy Brunch – 12 p.m., Private Residence
Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and other massive musical stars will join host Jay-Z for a delectable feast prepared by sbe Catering at his fifth annual pre-Grammy brunch (which has previously brought out buddies from Charlize Theron to Will Smith to Beyonce, of course). Last year’s coveted event took place at a $135 million Beverly Hills estate, which served as a backdrop in films like “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.”
BMI’s Annual “How I Wrote that Song” Panel – 12:30 p.m., 1OAK
Music rights management leader Broadcast Music, Inc. has assembled a panel of music authorities including Rick Ross, Ester Dean, David Hodges, Mannie Fresh and Nathalie Hemby to talk writing, recording and performing popular hits.
Clive Davis and The Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala – 7 p.m., Beverly Hilton Hotel
Clive Davis’ famous industry fest on Grammy eve brings out a brigade of musical greats (such as Jennifer Hudson, Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Robin Thicke and Taylor Swift, last year). This year’s event, sponsored by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, JBL and MasterCard Worldwide, will include a roster of surprise performances and (as part of the 2015 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons) the presentation of the President’s Merit Award to SONY/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier.
Sunday, Feb. 8
SESAC Brunch – 12 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox’s annual brunch always attracts a starry crowd (Diddy, Swizz Beats and Ludacris, for instance) that proves fitting of this renowned Los Angeles hotel institution.
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards – 5 p.m., STAPLES Center
This year’s show promises new and inventive musical collaborations (“Grammy moments”), pairing together nominees and greats like Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; Hozier and Annie Lennox; Jessie J and Tom Jones; and “The Voice’s” Adam Levine with fellow judge Gwen Stefani. Add in performances from AC/DC, Eric Church, Common with John Legend, Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Usher and Pharrell Williams — and two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J as returning host — and some serious musical history just might be made.The Grammy’s will air on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Official Grammy After-Party – 8:30 p.m., L.A. Convention Center
This first party stop for Grammy award show-goers is themed “Passport to the World,” reviving the glamorous air and sea travel modes of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Grammy winner and current nominee Gloria Gaynor, Grammy nominee Jessie J, four-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval and DJ Michelle Pesce will provide the musical entertainment.
Universal Music Group Grammy After-Party – 8:30 p.m., Ace Hotel
Last year’s bash at the brand-new Ace brought out stars from Katy Perry to John Mayer to Lorde, and this year, Lucian Grainge — along with Citi and American Airlines — will once again celebrate UMG artists alongside industry notables (like Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith and Anna Kendrick) at the historic Ace Theatre immediately following the awards show.
Pandora’s After-Party – Create Nightclub
Lil Jon will be manning the DJ booth at this red carpet post-Grammy affair presented by T-Mobile.
Republic’s After-Party – The Warwick
The label’s popular bash, at which Republic artists celebrate alongside partner label artists, is moving from 1Oak to this hot Hollywood nightspot.
Grammy After-Party – Blind Dragon
The new upscale WeHo karaoke joint is hosting a private event for Grammy-goers who are inspired to get musical.
Keurig’s Grammy After-Party – 8:30 p.m., The Continental Club
In addition to great coffee, Keurig is also behind this inaugural Grammy event, featuring a performance by current nominee Bernhoft and sounds by DJ Aaron Colbert. (Coffee fans, including guestsAlexander Ludwig and Jocko Sims, will be thrilled to score complimentary Keurig glasses and a voucher to redeem a free 2.0 brewer.)
Warner Music Group Grammy After-Party – 9 p.m., Chateau Marmont
A bounty of surprise performers and WMG artists (including Lily Allen, Josh Groban, Hunter Hayes,The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Lykke Li, Icona Pop, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Trey Songz,Dwight Yoakam and Neil Young) will kick off the revelry post-broadcast. Juliette Lewis, John Legend, Jordin Sparks, will.i.am, Hans Zimmer, Paul Oakenfold and Ryan Phillippe