LOS ANGELES -- The music industry, gathered here for the 54th Grammy Awards Sunday evening, was in shock after the death of Whitney Houston, the six-time Grammy winner, Saturday afternoon.
When the AP confirmed the 48-year-old soul singer's death through a publicist, a pallor spread across the generally congratulatory mood of Music's Biggest Night.
At Crown Bar, a party for the Q-Tip contentious A Tribe Called Quest doc, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, DJAdam12 (President Obama's personal DJ) spun mostly '90s hip-hop with just one blast of I'm Every Woman. Celebs Chloe Sevigny and former-roommate/friend Michael Rappaport--that film's director--stayed mum on the subject of Houston's death.
At the Roosevelt Hotel later in the evening, DJ Myles Hendrick (DJ of Prince Kate's LA royal wedding reception because he's kind of British) spun Whitney cut after Whitney under the Teddy's VIP lounge and the crowd ate it up. When Elijah Wood took the 1-2s later in the evening, he spun mostly old rock and soul '45s in what was a bleak reminder of Soul Clap host Johnathan Toubin's continued health struggles.
Paul McCartney was rumored to be there late in the night; LCD Soundsysyem stalwart Nancy Whang DJ'd the main room with Digitalism and OK Go, as celebs Shaun White, Brie Larson, Clark Duke and others enjoyed the old-school photobooth.
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At the Modular party at the hotel's Marilyn Monroe Penthouse suite, Grammy nominated-Austrailian disco studs Cut Copy hosted an open-air rooftop party. House/garage--and voice of Daft Punk's Face to Face--producer Todd Edwards was there, as was Aussie electroists Bag Raiders--but no one had much to say on the subject of Houston.
This reporter couldn't break the barrier at The Mondrian for the Young Money party, and the line at Greystone Manor for Drake's Grammy party was too choked with fans to even brave. So for us, Saturday's celebrations stayed fairly, well, celebratory.
By the time we get started at the Staples Center Sunday, Cee Lo's already won Best RnB performance, Amy Winehouse's parents accept her award for Best Pop Duo with Tony Bennett, and Allison Krauss wins Best Bluegrass Album, two years after her Best Album win with Robert Plant. The Book of Mormon wins best musical.
2:45 Skrillex wins three Grammys for mainstream dubstep appeal, applied under Best DanceKanye wins Best Rap Album (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and Best Rap Song (All of the Lights) during non-televised segment of the awards. He was not present to accept.
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