Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to be no exception.

With seemingly more brand-sponsored concerts than ever before added to an already-packed lineup of brunches (hey BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and Roc Nation), mainstays ("what do you mean I'm not on the list for the Clive party?!") and showcases (check out Lucian Grainge's annual UMG lineup), Grammy-goers should have no trouble filling up their dance cards.

Billboard has compiled all the events on tap this week, with rough start times to help you sort your schedules. With very few exceptions, these are invite-only affairs, so secure your RSVPs accordingly. Stay safe, and happy Grammy-ing!

PLEASE NOTE: All party and event information, including location, times, venues, performers and any other information, is subject to change. Send your party information or updates to bizeditors@billboard.com.

 

TUESDAY, January 21

  • The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy Honors Neil Young

Where: The Village Studios
When: 8 p.m.
What: The 7th annual Grammy Week event pays tribute to two-time Grammy Award winner Neil Young for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. Young will attend, with additional appearances from T-Bone Burnett, Colbie Caillat, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew Dust, Jakob Dylan, Sheila E., Ric Ocasek, Liz Phair, Rick Rubin, Chad Smith, Ringo Starr, Ann and Nancy Wilson (of Heart), Joe Walsh, Kris Kristofferson, Andrew Dost (of fun.) and Record Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, among others. 

 

WEDNESDAY, January 22

  • Billboard Power 100 Q&A with Clive Davis, sponsored by Citi Private Pass

Where: SoHo House
When: 5-6 p.m. cocktails; 7-9 p.m. Q&A
What: An intimate Q&A with Billboard Power 100 Hall of Famer Clive Davis, exclusive to Citi cardmembers.

  • Grammy Connect Featuring DJ Mayer Hawthorne

Where: YouTube Space LA
When: 6 p.m. talk; 7 p.m. cocktails
What: Grammy Connect is the new moniker for the Academy’s annual Social Media Rock Stars Summit. But the theme remains the same: Social media pioneers and influencers will share their views about the latest issues and trends. A panel of experts, hosted by Quddus, will welcome music supervisor Scott Vener, Next Big Sound’s Alex White, Songza’s Eric Davich and Revolt TV’s Whitney Gayle-Benta.

  • Gibson Celebrates The Beatles in Art and Song

Where: Gibson Beverly Hills Showroom
When: 6:30-10 p.m.
What: Gibson Celebrates the Beatles in Art and Song with performances from Brian Wilson, Mickey Dolenz, Kris Kristofferson with Earl Slick and Don Was, America and more.

  • Grammy in the Schools: Live! featuring Vampire Weekend and Tig Notaro

Where: Grand Ballroom, University of Southern California
When: Doors 7:45; show 8:15 p.m.
What: Top music professionals from all walks of the industry share the realities of the business and talk careers in music with Los Angeles-area high school students. Vampire Weekend and comedian Tig Notaro will perform to this year’s attendees as well as members of the Grammy Camp Jazz Session.

 

THURSDAY, January 23

  • Grammy Jazz Ensembles

Where: Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club, Seal Beach, Calif.
When: 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. performance
What: National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis will perform with a select group of high school students during this public performance.
 

  • Delta Pre-Grammy Party Featuring Lorde

Where: Soho House
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: Delta, the official airline of the Grammy Awards, hosts invite-only guests to a private performance from multiple Grammy nominee Lorde. Anna Kendrick, Joe Jonas and Ashley Benson are all set to make appearances alongside representatives from Delta.

  • Mississippi Night

Where: The Grammy Museum
When: 5-10:30 p.m.
What: Now in its fifth year, this annual event celebrates the nominees and music hailing from the fertile regions of Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Billboard Power 100 Reception

Where: Emerson Theatre, Hollywood
When: 5-7 p.m.
What: Billboard honors the 2014 Power 100 in a private, invite-only cocktail reception. The recipient of the Clive Davis Visionary Award will also be announced.

  • Citi Thank You Presents Imagine Dragons

Where: The Wiltern
When: VIP reception 6 p.m.; doors 7 p.m.; show 9 p.m.
What: Citi brings an under-play from Imagine Dragons to L.A.’s iconic Wiltern theater, exclusively for its Thank You cardmembers and invited guests. The event is produced by Live Nation and will benefit the Grammy Foundation.

  • CAA Music Partnerships Pre-Grammy Cocktail Reception

Where: CAA offices
When: 6-8 p.m.
What: CAA’s Music Partnerships team hosts an intimate soiree for sponsor partners and friends, featuring performances from Smallpools and Ben Rector.

  • T-Mobile Presents Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Where: The Belasco Theater
When: 7 p.m. doors
What: Three days before they grace the Grammy stage as performers (and multiple nominees), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play a show for fellow Seattlites T-Mobile and 1,400 of their biggest fans at downtown’s Belasco Theater.

  • Spotify and Troy Carter Pre-Grammy Music and Tech Celebration

Where: Atom Factory
When: 8 p.m.
What: Troy Carter’s Atom Factory and Spotify celebrate music and tech with a private pre-Grammy party, featuring a DJ set from Solange.

  • The 16th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert: A Song Is Born

Where: Wishire Ebell Theatre
When: 7:30-9 p.m.
What: The Grammy Foundation’s annual legacy concert will explore the history and evolution of songwriting with key players from the past and present – including Bonnie Raitt, Mike Reid, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Dan Wilson, Gavin DeGraw, Ryan Shaw, Jeff Barry, Skylar Grey, John Rzeznik, Allen Shamblin, Valerie Simpson and JD Souther.

  • L.A. Reid Presents Epic, After Dark

Where: DBA Hollywood
When: 7:30 p.m. doors
What: Epic showcases the debut performance from recent signing Kensington Kross, with special guest DJ Cassidy on the 1s and 2s.

 

FRIDAY, January 24

  • Entertainment Law Initiative

Where: Beverly Hills Hotel
When: 11 a.m.
What: A keynote discussion with news icon Tom Brokaw highlighted 2013’s 15th annual luncheon and scholarship presentation. Entertainment attorney Chuck Ortner received the service award.

  • MusiCares Person of the Year

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
When: 5:30 p.m. auction; 8 p.m. dinner and performance
What: Guest of honor Carole King will perform along with a lineup that includes Lady Gaga, P!nk, James Taylor, Miguel, Train and “20 Feet From Stardom” stars Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, and Jimmy Kimmel will serve as host. The 2013 gala honoring Bruce Springsteen raised nearly $6.6 million for MusiCares’ programs and services.

  • Vibe honors Nas at 2nd Annual Pre-Grammy Impact Awards

Where: Carondelet House
When: 7-10 p.m.
What: Nas will be presented with a Vibe Impact Award in recognition of his influence on hip-hop culture over the past two decades. Presented in partnership with Malibu Red for the second year in a row, the private event will be held two days before the Grammys.

  • CBS Radio’s KROQ and 97.1 AMP Present Young The Giant

Where: Grammy Museum
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: L.A.’s premier rock and top 40 stations present an intimate performance from Atlantic rockers Young The Giant from the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum.

  • Skullcandy Presents Grimes Pre-Grammy Party

Where: House of Blues
When: 8 p.m.
What: Skullcandy and RocNation to host a pre-Grammy party with a private concert by music and fashion ingenue, Grimes (Claire Boucher)

  • Absolut Elyx and 300 Presents Encore Sessions, Featuring ASTR

Where: The Standard West Hollywood
When: 9 p.m.
What: Lyor Cohen’s new venture 300 hosts its coming-out party with a private gig from new signing ASTR, which doubles as the West Coast re-launch of Absolut’s formerly New York-based Encore Sessions concert series.

  • Beats Music Launch Party

Where: Belasco Theater
When: 9 p.m. doors
What: An “incredible playlist” will “come to life with special guests and performances” at this splashy launch party for Beats Music, hosted by Beats principals Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Len Blavatnik, Marc Rowan, Trent Reznor, Luke Wood and Ian Rogers.

  • Republic’s Pre-Grammy Party

Where: Rock & Reilly’s, West Hollywood
When: 10 p.m.
What: Republic toasts the beginning of Grammy weekend, as well as a roster that includes nominees Taylor Swift, Drake, Lorde, James Blake and Black Sabbath.

 

SATURDAY, January 25

  • Universal Music Group Showcase ’14, presented by Lucian Grainge

Where: Lure Nightclub
When: 12-3 p.m.
What: This annual daytime showcase, hosted by UMG chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, will feature a variety of the label group’s hottest emerging talents, including EDM star Zedd, who will debut new song “Find You” in a commercial for Bud Light Platinum during the Grammy telecast.

  • Roc Nation pre-Grammy Brunch presented by M∙A∙C Viva Glam

Where: Undisclosed
What: The hottest daytime ticket of the week, this exclusive, invite-only bash is frequented by Jay Z and Beyonce as well as previous attendees like Rihanna, Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Steve Bartels, Ryan Phillippe, L.A. Reid, Jill Scott, Solange and many more. This year’s celebration is for a good cause. Between the hours of 12 and 4 p.m., M∙A∙C Cosmetics will donate $0.25 to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund for every #VIVAGLAM mention and retweet, with a goal of reaching $25,000.

  • BMI  “How I Wrote That Song” Panel

Where: House of Blues
When: 12-2:30 p.m.
What: An intimate panel featuring songwriters Linda Perry, Dallas Davidson, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Wilson and a special guest sharing some of their most candid stories.

  • ASCAP's 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch

Where: The Beverly SLS Hotel
When: 12 p.m.
What: ASCAP’s fifth annual brunch honorees its rhythm and soul nominees has attracted the PRO’s hottest names in writing, producing and performing in recent years -- Paul Epworth, Miguel, Ne-Yo, Ledisi, Tamia and Melanie Fiona among them.

  • Special Merit Awards Ceremony and 56th Annual Grammy Nominees Reception

Where: Wilshire Ebell Theater
When: 3 p.m.
What: The countdown truly begins as the Academy salutes lifetime achievement honorees the Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell. Trustees and technical Grammy Awards will also be presented, followed by a reception for this year’s nominees.

  • CBS Radio’s KROQ and 97.1 AMP Present Imagine Dragons

Where: Grammy Museum
When: 5:30 p.m.
What: L.A.’s premier rock and top 40 stations present an intimate performance from Grammy nominees Imagine Dragons from the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum.

  • CBS Radio Presents Capital Cities

Where: The Conga Room
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: Shortly after Imagine Dragons wrap up a few blocks away, Capital Cities will play an equally intimate CBS Radio set for music fans at nearby Conga Room.

  • Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala and Grammy Salute to Industry Icons

Where: Beverly Hilton Hotel
When: 7 p.m. reception: 8 p.m. dinner and party
What: The hottest ticket of the week. Once again presented by industry icon Clive Davis and the Recording Academy, this is the granddaddy of Grammy Week events. Instagram moments will abound as executives and celebrities from music, film and TV gather to honor Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge. Though performers are largely kept under wraps, Davis recently confirmed to Billboard that Fantasia will be performing “Stormy Weather,” as seen on Broadway in “After Midnight.”

  • 8th Annual Primary Wave Music Pre-Grammy Party

Where: RivaBella
When: 8-11 p.m.
What: In its first Grammys since its fall 2013 acquisition by BMG Rights Management, Primary Wave will fete a roster of confirmed talent that will include Cee-Lo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Imbruglia, Ginuwine, Big Gipp and Trevor Jackson.

  • Nielsen Pre-Grammy Party: Celebrating Media, Brands, & Entertainment

Where: Herringbone LA at Mondrian
When: 8-11 p.m.
What: Nielsen hosts its first pre-Grammy celebration, complete with performances by John Legend and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

 

SUNDAY, January 26

  • SESAC Brunch

Where: Four Seasons Beverly Hills
When: 12 p.m.
What: Songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox once again hosts this pre-Grammy Brunch at one of the city’s most iconic hotels. Ludacris, Diddy, Swizz Beats and Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt have all been honored in years past.

  • 56th Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
When: 12:15 doors/reception; 1 p.m. ceremony
What: The popular preshow, streamed live at Grammy.com, reveals the winners of the majority of the awards handed out in 82 categories.

  • 56th Grammy Awards

Where: Staples Center
When: 5-8:30 p.m. ceremony
What: “Music Unleashes Us” is the campaign theme for this year’s awards, led by Jay Z with nine nominations. Last year, the CBS telecast attracted 28.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen, making it the second-most-watched Grammys of the past 20 years.

  • Grammy Celebration Party

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
When: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
What: Sticking around downtown after the show? Check out Ciara, Boyz II Men and DJ Michelle Pesce a few blocks down the road after the show wraps up, with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy playing the MasterCard Jazz Lounge. The B-52s, Estelle and Arturo Sandoval headlined the 2013 official Grammy after-party, with Along Came Mary Productions dishing up a savory menu.

Where: The London
When: 8:30-11:30 p.m.
What: Billboard’s second annual after-party will feature a DJ set from Pete Tong, sponsored by Citi and Bud Light Platinum and produced by MAC Presents. We may be the new kids on the block, but we did get Prince to stop by last year.

  • Pandora After Party With Adrian Lux, Presented by StubHub

Where: Create Nightclub
When: 8-11:00 p.m.
What: Heading to the Strip for the night? Make Pandora a halfway spot with its VIP after-party featuring DJ-producer Adrian Lux.

  • Red Light Management’s Grammy After Party

Where: Skybar at the Mondrian
When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
What: Coran Capshaw and Co. cap off another big Grammy year.

  • Warner Music Group Grammy Party

Where: Sunset Tower Hotel
When: 9 p.m.
What: Warner Music Group once again rolls out the red carpet in celebration of the Grammys with musical performances and celebrity guests. The celebration will be held in honor of the company’s 2014 Grammy-nominated artists, including Bruno Mars, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ed Sheeran, Nate Reuss, Michael Buble, Cee Lo Green, Led Zepplin, Neil Young, Coldplay, Hunter Hayes and others.

  • Universal Music After Party

Where: Ace Hotel Downtown
When: 9 p.m.
What: UMG toasts the night’s winners and nominees.

  • Republic After Party

Where: 1Oak
When: 10 p.m.
What: Republic keeps the drinks flowing with its “After-after party,” set to keep the party going til well past midnight.

 

MONDAY, January 27

  • The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
When: TBD
What: This CBS primetime special -- airing Feb. 9 -- will be taped on Jan. 27. Top contemporary artists will cover songs the Beatles performed during their groundbreaking performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 as well as other tunes by the Fab Four. The staggering lineup of musicians paying tribute includes the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys with John Legend, John Mayer with Keith Urban, among others.

  • Blue Chair Bay’s L.A. Industry Night

Where: Baby Blues BBQ
When: 9 p.m.–12 a.m.
What: Finally shook that hangover and still in L.A.? Have one more last round with Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Rum and the folks at Fishbowl Spirits, who will be celebrating its new partnership with U.S. Bartenders Association. It’ll be the ultimate place for sharing all your post-mortem table-dancing stories from the nights prior.