The Grammy Awards are really just the culmination of a very long week of velvet-rope soirees, A-list photo ops and one-of-a-kind performances. For those with limited time (but ample access), consider these don't-miss parties
MusiCares Person Of The Year 26th Annual Gala
Where Los Angeles Convention Center When Feb. 13 What The Grammy-affiliated organization, which offers a financial safety net of critical assistance to those in the music field during times of need, will honor Lionel Richie at the 2016 event.
Where Secret location, usually a private residence When TBA, usually the Saturday before the Grammys What Hosted by company principals Jay Z and Jay Brown, this ultra-exclusive weekend brunch has become one of Grammy Week's hottest invites.
Who Went Last Year Ace of Spades champagne flowed for guests including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monáe and Smith siblings Jaden and Willow. 2015 Memorable Moment Guests were instructed where to park their cars before being whisked, via shuttles, to the surprise location, which turned out to be the palatial villa where director Brian De Palma filmed Scarface.
Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala
Where The Beverly Hilton When Feb. 14 What This legendary sit-down dinner always draws an A-list crowd that bridges the worlds of music, politics, sports, technology and business.
Where Bouchon in Beverly Hills When Feb. 12 What The fourth annual private cocktail party for the 100 executives honored in Billboard's annual list. The soiree is a star-studded salute to the industry's movers and shakers.
Who Went Last YearJason Derulo, YG, Jess Glynne, Christina Perri, Red Light Management founder/owner Coran Capshaw and MAC Presents' Marcie Allen. 2015 Memorable Moment Honoree Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group's chairman/CEO, joked, "I started in this business as a talent scout. If you'd told me then that I would be nominated for this list twice, I'd have said, 'You must be smoking something.' "
The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Party The ninth annual fete, held at the Village Studios on Feb. 11, will pay homage to eight-time Grammy winner Rick Rubin.
Creative Artists Agency Party The youthful party -- which some view as a hipper alternative to Clive Davis' bash -- typically hits the eve before the Grammys.
Benji Madden, left, and Joel Madden attend the 2015 CAA Grammy Awards party in Los Angeles, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2015. Alex Berliner/ABImages
This story originally appeared in the Jan. 2 issue of Billboard.