There’s only one Grammys event that can pack Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman and Apple CEO Tim Cook into a room alongside music legends like Barbra Streisand and Quincy Jones and hot young stars including Travis Scott and Ella Mai.
Traditionally the biggest Grammys-weekend party led by one of music’s most legendary names, Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s pre-Grammys gala takes place every year on the night before the awards. Stars descended on the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles Saturday to pose on the red carpet, watch the night’s performances – with a trio of sets paying tribute to Aretha Franklin – and celebrate music industry veteran Clarence Avant as 2019’s Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree.
And yet, the event didn’t feel quite as essential as it has in previous years, whether it was the lack of big-name performers or the absence of young stars in attendance – or the fact that another high-profile event earlier in the day may have stolen its thunder.
Read on for the most notable aspects of 2019’s Clive Davis gala, ahead of Sunday’s Grammys, which broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
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Travis Scott chose the Clive Davis party over ‘Spongebob and Stormi’
Scott kicked off the evening with performances of his hits “Goosebumps” and “Sicko Mode,” addressing the crowd in between songs in an attempt to get people on their feet.
“I could’ve just stayed in the crib and watched Spongebob with Stormi all night,” he said, referencing his and Kylie Jenner’s baby daughter. “But I chose to come and party with y’all tonight, so I just wanna rage.”
His efforts paid off somewhat, as the black-tie attendees responded more energetically to his second song, with Scott meeting them halfway with a more subdued version of his normally-explosive live performance style.
Nancy Pelosi got a standing ovation
The one constant at Davis’ galas is his lengthy shout-outs of luminaries in the audience, which often unfold over the course of several minutes in between performances. His first introduction of the gala was greeted with one of the night’s biggest reactions, as he greeted Nancy Pelosi, calling her a political figure who’s “front and center like never before,” as the crowd stood and applauded her after.
Davis’ speeches are seemingly his way of playing the role of a good host by giving the night’s celebrity attendees flattering welcomes, while also simultaneously reminding audience members of his prodigious influence in the industry, that he’s powerful enough to recruit the night’s biggest names. His sometimes-meandering commentary doesn’t make the gala any easier to sit through, regressing from being entertaining in the night’s first few hours to just seeming exhausting towards the end.
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Source:: Daily times