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Grammy Parties

© Lauren Greenfield

To the people watching from home, the Grammy’s appear to be one night of glamour and glitz. To the celebrities and artists who are invited and nominated, the party starts at least 96 hours before the cameras are even turned on.

Three days before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, recording artist Usher rehearses with his dancers for the Belvedere RED party in Hollywood. In nearby Studio City, the country band Lady Antebellum plays a private concert at the home of CAA music agent Brian Loucks, with actress Mila Kunis and Reese Witherspoon sitting in the crowd.

Two days before the Grammy’s, Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony pull up to the Gucci/UNICEF Women of Compassion luncheon where Lopez honors Gucci creative director, Frida Giannini, for her work with UNICEF at a lavish mansion in Brentwood. In Beverly Hills, musician Janelle Monae visits Dolce and Gabbana for a tuxedo fitting, her chosen wardrobe for performances and events.

The day before the Grammy’s is full of brunches, lunches, and parties, chock full of artists, performers, and celebrities. It-girl DJ Solange Knowles, spins tracks at the Gucci/Roc party at the trendy Soho House where Florence Welch, Kings of Leon, Adrien Brody, Ne-Yo and Cassie mingle, as Jay-Z laughs it up with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Beyoncé, in a one-shoulder, candy-pink Gucci jumpsuit and turquoise platform Louboutins, works the crowd before being seated, then plays hand-clap games with her six-year-old nephew, Julez, and chats with tablemate Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.

Finally, on the day of the awards ceremony, hit TV show Glee’s character Amber Riley is getting prepped and primed at home for the big night. As viewers turn on CBS to gawk and gossip about red carpet attire, preshow performer and 80s pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, rides in a limousine, with son and husband in tow, toward the Staples Center, home of the Grammy awards, while kd lang nurses a bottle of tequila and watches the show from her favorite Hollywood dive motel.

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