Labels, WMA threw numerous post-tune kudo soirees
After taking home the Grammy for album of the year Sunday, OutKast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi rolled into the Hollywood Hills to celebrate their three wins Las Vegas style.Arriving fashionably late at around 1 in the morning, a “blessed” Andre expressed surprise at the kudocast’s final outcome. “Actually, the awards went totally opposite from what I thought,” Andre said. “I didn’t think we would win album of the year; I thought we would win record of the year and best video. But that’s how it goes, and (winning) album of the year is great.” Polaroid seemed to be the most popular commodity of the night, with Beck, Ryan Phillippe and “Newlyweds” Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey among those encouraged to take their photo and “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Grammy winner Christina Aguilera and her entourage, meanwhile, kept to themselves with the help of a bodyguard. Labels and the William Morris Agency threw shindigs at venues all around town. BMG’s soiree rocked the Avalon in Hollywood with winners Dave Matthews, Foo Fighters, Eugene Levy (“A Mighty Wind”) Aguilera and White Stripes duo Jack and Meg White on hand. Clive Davis, chairman-CEO of BMG North America, was on cloud nine celebrating his artists’ 22 kudos. “I was particularly touched by the four Grammys that Luther (Vandross) achieved,” he said. Sony Music took over the spacious Maple Drive restaurant in Beverly Hills, allowing the hoi polloi to wander the eatery while label execs and VIPS held court at a back bar and a outdoor patio. Beyonce stopped by after scoring five Grammy wins to party with Sony’s Howard Stringer, Andrew Lack and Don Ienner, Columbia Records prexy Will Botwin and musicians such as Tony Bennett and John Mayer. Space was a big problem at EMI’s party at the L.A. County Museum of Art. The fire marshal arrived a couple hours into the party and by 11 p.m. a considerable line had formed outside to gain entry. Inside partying were EMI executives such as Eric Nicoli and Alain Levy, while artists on hand included last year’s big winner, Norah Jones, and this year’s record of the year winner, Coldplay. Snoop Dogg and other assorted members of Tha Dogg Pound played to an intimate room at William Morris’ after-party at White Lotus. Snoop, who asked the crowd, “Does everybody know my name?” proved that not only did everyone know his name, but that they also knew lyrics to songs spanning the breadth of his career. Grooving along at the party with Snoop were Grammy winners No Doubt and Sean Paul and guests including Queen Latifah, Gavin Rossdale, Michael Bay, Smokey Robinson, Trent Reznor and Kelsey Grammer. Artemis Records celebrated the work of the late Warren Zevon, who won two Grammys — his first and the first for the label — at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Jackson Browne and his band took the stage to play a set of Zevon’s songs. Longtime Zevon collaborator Jorge Calderon joined in on “Keep Me in Your Heart,” and “El Amor de mi Vida” from “The Wind.” Then Jordan Zevon joined the band to play piano and sing on “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “Werewolves of London” and an oldie-but-goodie, “Desperadoes Under the Eaves.”
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