NEW YORK — Norah Jones’ stunning Grammy sweep was a welcome piece of good news for British label group EMI after a tough year, and it wasn’t about to pass up the chance to celebrate.
The company’s raucous post-Grammy shindig packed Times Square’s cramped Whiskey Bar to the gills with tuxedoed music-industry attendees, who had barely enough room inside to catch a breath, much less sidle up to the bar.
Outside on 47th Street, would-be revelers shivered on the sidewalk, waiting for some of the capacity crowd inside to leave and make some space (one unfortunate soul was overheard yelling “But I’m a Grammy winner!” from the back of the line, to no avail).
Inside, the crowd did its best to get down to the sounds of EMI dance act Dirty Vegas in the space allowed. The trio, who took home a Grammy for best dance recording, served as house DJs at the fete. The woman of the hour arrived just before 1 a.m., with a small army of security guiding the slight singer through the throngs.
The night’s other big winner, Sony Music, chose the somewhat more spacious environs of the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street for its revelries. The legendary hall was draped in a giant tent of stretched white fabric, giving the impression of a web of taut trampolines suspended from the ceiling.
Sony’s biggest Grammy successes, rocker Bruce Springsteen and superstar country trio the Dixie Chicks, were in attendance, cordoned off in a VIP corner and greeting well-wishers. So was Sony Music’s new chief executive Andrew Lack, who got his first taste of music-biz glitz since taking the helm last month.
“Wait until he finds out how much it costs,” joked one partygoer.
Elsewhere, BMG’s top brass lived it up in the breathtaking Gotham Hall on Broadway — a massive former bank building with an oval-shaped main hall and a giant glass ceiling overhead. Party drew a host of BMG stars, including Aaron Carter, members of the Dave Matthews Band, Usher, ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass and the Foo Fighters.
And Warner Music Group held its hoedown at the chic Ian Schrager venue Hudson Hall further uptown on 58th Street. Among those in attendance: country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, as well as Missy Elliott, Kid Rock and Vince Vaughn.