Backbeat: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul's Grammy Brunch With Ne-Yo, Paul Epworth, Ledisi
Backbeat: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul's Grammy Brunch With Ne-Yo, Paul Epworth, Ledisi

neyo (L-R): Jennifer Drake, Nicole George, new Motown SVP of A&R Ne-Yo and Ledisi pose for a picture at the 3rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Grammy brunch. (Photo: PictureGroup)

The mimosas were flowing as guests enjoyed the ambience at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul's third annual Grammy Brunch today (Feb. 11) at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel. Staged in honor of ASCAP's Grammy-nominated songwriters and artists in urban music, the Pepsi-sponsored event brought out such Grammy nominees as songwriter/producer Paul Epworth (Adele), Ledisi and Kelly Price.

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Conversations veered from off-the-record chats about upcoming projects and the state of the industry to Grammy Week events. People were still ranting about Ledisi and Trombone Shorty's performances at the Grammy Foundation's annual Music Preservation concert/reception (Feb. 9) at the Saban Theatre. And Price, who hosted her own salute to R&B on the same night at Tru Hollywood, says she plans to start finding a larger venue now. The soiree, which featured impromptu performances by Anthony Hamilton and Whitney Houston-which turned out to be her last-had to turn away a line that stretched down the sidewalk: fire marshals had shut the doors to prevent overcrowding.

deena Nashville's Deena Carter hits the ASCAP Grammy brunch over the weekend. (Photo: PictureGroup)

Also in attendance at the ASCAP brunch: EMI Music Publishing, senior director/creative Leotis Clyburn, Disturbing Tha Peace label principals Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon; newly minted Motown artist/senior VP of A&R Ne-Yo; rising Mercury/IDJ singer/songwriter John West (debut album is due in June) and manager Ben Riccardi, CEO/founder of Times 10 Entertainment; Leeds Levy, president of Leeds Music and ASCAP board member; and ASCAP executives Paul Williams, John LoFrumento, Randy Grimmett and Karen Sherry.

Ledisi arrives at the Grammy brunch, where much discussions revolved around her electrifying set with Trombone Shorty on Feb. 9. (Photo: PictureGroup)

Ever-dapper Shaggy strolled into the Grammy brunch with consummate style and customary shades. (Photo: PictureGroup)

Rocsi shines at the Grammy brunch. (Photo: PictureGroup)