American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday night, the Cash Money extravaganza on the Paramount lot had a dark cloud cast over it by the death of Whitney Houston. However, the festivities went on, and Cash Money's lavish Parisian-themed fete - which cost a reported $1.3 million - featured golf carts that transported partygoers from the parking area to the venue and a ginormous banquet of food: prime rib, brussell sprouts, chicken and so much more in bountiful quantities. While the party is usually attended by artists and execs, the presence of contest-winners made for an unusual contrast.
Most of the artists, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Cory Gunz, Lil Twist and many more - arrived well after midnight, and Wayne's performance ended up making headlines for some verbal jabs at Jay-Z and Kanye West. Earlier in the evening, Jay Sean, Taraji P. Henson, Dawn Richard and more talked about Houston's life and legacy on the red carpet before heading inside. Among the execs inside, we naturally saw label founders Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams (who share the no. 25 spot on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list) along with publicist Kia Selby, manager Cortez Bryant, Universal's Barry Weiss ( who holds the no. 18 spot on our list) , Joel Klaiman and Gary Spangler and many others.
Weezy Takes Aim At Yeezy: Lil Wayne performing at the Cash Money party, where he dropped a freestyle aimed at Watch The Throne co-conspirators Jay-Z and Kanye West (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
Slim So Serious: (L-R) Cash Money Publicist Kia Selby; CMYMB co-founder Ronald "Slim" Wiliams; Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman/CEO Barry Weiss; EVP of Promotion and Artist Development at Universal Republic Joel Klaiman; and Vice President, Crossover Promotion at Universal Music Group Gary Spangler. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
Birdman (L) with Drake and his plaque for Take Care. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
Part of the evening's entertainment. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)
(L-R) Drake, Cory Gunz, Cortez Bryant and Lil Twist. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup)