Grammy after-party sees music legends, levity from Bruno Mars
Whitney Houston was easily the biggest presence at any Grammy Awards party this past weekend, but awards need celebrating, and the industry chose to soldier on — perhaps in the name of support.
That was the case Sunday after the Grammy telecast as music legends and Hollywood heavyweights flocked to the Chateau Marmont for Beau Joie champagne's fete, celebrating Warner Bros. Music and InStyle magazine.
Twinkle lights, pink roses and white tents transformed the iconic space with old-school French flair to welcome Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Reba McEntire, India Arie, Fergie, Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey, to name a few.
Bruno Mars performed a 15-minute set on the hotel patio as guests raised glasses of rosé, including a dancing Chelsea Handler enjoying the music with hotel owner Andres Balazs.
"Welcome to the loser party," Mars joked after leaving the award show empty-handed, "but we're still going to have a great time."
Mash-ups and covers of hits including "Super Freak," LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It," and Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Paris" brought the place down, with a helpful reminder that music is about bringing people together — which is precisely what happened later in the hotel library.
When Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" started piping through, it sparked a dance party that had McCartney shaking it alongside a gorgeous Gabrielle Union, Serena Williams, Del Rey and execs including Ben Silverman.
Malin Akerman, Kelly Rowland, "Glee" guys Matthew Morrison and Chord Overstreet, newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Rashida Jones and Nicole Richie rounded out the crowd, lingering past midnight.
The pain and shock of Houston's death inspired much chatter in between sips of bubbly, puffs on cigars and snacking, but a newcomer like Del Rey proves the show goes on.
"I'm having so much fun," she told us in passing, "I mean, my friend won two Grammys." And that's what Sunday was about.
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Bruno Mars celebrates another Grammy ceremony come and gone with InStyle magazine and Beau Joie on Sunday. Credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images