Grammys' Don't-Miss Parties -- From MusiCares Person of the Year to Billboard's Power 100

Willow Smith, Beyonce and Jay Z
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation

Willow Smith, Beyonce and Jay Z attend the Roc Nation and Three Six Zero  Pre-Grammy Brunch at Private Residence on Feb. 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.  

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.

Who Went Last Year Bruce Springsteen; Neil Young; Norah Jones; Sheryl Crow; Jack White; Tom Jones; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Bonnie Raitt; Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow; Alanis Morissette; and Bob Dylan, who was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
2015 Memorable Moment Willie Nelson could have used an extra rehearsal (or two). The country legend paused during his performance of Dylan's "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" when he lost his place. "We need the lyrics!" he growled in front of the 3,000-person crowd, before the words reappeared on the monitor.

Roc Nation Brunch

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.

Who Went Last Year Al Gore, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Miley Cyrus, Magic Johnson, Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sony/ATV ­chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, who received the gala's President's Merit Award.
2015 Memorable Moments Joni Mitchell and Penny Marshall smoking on the venue's terrace, while Taylor Swift and Jane Fonda tore up the dancefloor during Pharrell Williams' rousing set.

Billboard Power 100

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 Year Jason 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.

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