Labels let loose lavish Grammy parties galore

HOLLYWOOD — The reigning queen of this year’s Grammys held court at BMG’s Argyle Hotel bash.

Five-time winner Alicia Keys (whose glitter-encrusted eyelids gave her a look that mixed pharaonic Egypt with “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) said the Grammy night experience left her “shocked, exhilarated — it was a feeling of wow!”

Not far away was mentor and J Records topper Clive Davis, who said, “The breadth of her awards is stunning. To have best new artist and song of the year is a special milestone.”

Also on hand was Carlos Santana, who two years ago swept the Grammys in almost the same way Keys did this year.

Asked how he liked this year’s show, Santana said he actually wasn’t there. “I only go when I have to. I was home taking a shower, getting ready to come over here.”

Others at the party included Arista’s L.A. Reid, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Alan Jackson, Diane Warren and Ted Field.

Down the Sunset Strip at the Mondrian, the Warner Music Group party had such a young crowd, George Schlatter said he “felt like the butter knife of the cutting edge.”

Warner Bros. Records topper Phil Quartararo said he thought the Grammys “was probably a good TV show, but if you’re at Staples the room is too big to get the vibe of the show. It’s like playing in an airplane hangar.”

Among those getting the vibe of the party were Steve Case, Gerald Levin, Alan Horn, Dave Mount, Linkin Park, Kid Rock and Ahmet Ertegun.

EMI partied at the Park Plaza Hotel in the McArthur Park section of L.A., filling the dance floor with the nonstop blare of remixed rap songs. On an outside patio, well-wishers congregated as EMI-distributed acts such as Beck, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Dr. John passed through.

(Phil Gallo contributed to this report.)

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