Here's What Went Down at Steven Tyler's Grammy Viewing Party

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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry perform during Tyler's Second Annual Grammy Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie's Fund presented by Live Nation at Raleigh Studios on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. 

The Staples Center might have been overflowing with musicians on Sunday night but Hollywood’s Raleigh Studios was packed with guests who gathered to celebrate the night with Steven Tyler for his Grammy viewing party.

The third annual gala benefited Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, a nonprofit geared at helping to improve the lives of girls in the aftermath of abuse. Attendees included everyone from Kelsey Grammer to Haley Reinhart, Diane Warren, Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder, and more. 

A lot went down during the festivities, and Billboard was on the scene. Here are the highlights.


1. Tyler reflected on 50 years of Aerosmith, calling that milestone surreal. “Well we always had a little something that we said to each other: ‘We want to be the last band standing’ and we are. We still have everyone in the band, thank God, still alive. And we're working through our problems and ups and downs, but we're here,” he told Billboard on the red carpet prior to the event. Tyler also revealed that he was so excited about the Grammy performance that it took him three hours to fall asleep the night before. He also took moment during Grammy rehearsals to pause, sit down, and really soak everything in. 

2. The woman who played Janie in the “Janie’s Got a Gun” video was a guest and had a nice reunion with Steven on the red carpet. “It was my first acting job. I was 18,” Kristin Dattilo told Billboard. She added that she was proud to be a part of a song that sends such a strong and necessary message. “When I first heard the song, I was taken back by how raw and how real and how unapologetic it was about addressing sexual abuse and trauma and where it leaves young girls without a voice and without options. It really spoke to that. So I definitely knew that I was a part of something that was a movement of sorts,” she said.

3. Everyone had Kobe Bryant on the brain. The room went totally quiet and every single eye in the place was glued to the screen when Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye” as a tribute to the fallen basketball champ. Even the waiters stopped refilling wine glasses and stood against the wall in silence. Terry Crews, who hosted the soirée, dedicated his opening remarks to remembering Bryant. Then a “Kobe Bryant 1978-2020” photo came up on the screen and everyone in the room observed a moment of silence in his honor while Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” played.

4. Aerosmith rocked the house. As the Bad Boys of Boston came on the Grammy broadcast, people stood up, threw their hands in the air, and danced along to the broadcast. And when Tyler got in line with Run-D.M.C. and did the choreographed side shuffle maneuver that and the beloved hip-hop group engaged in during the old school music video, the applause grew even louder. For a moment you almost forgot the band wasn’t performing directly in front of you.

5. Dessert by accidental candlelight. The power went out at 8:08 p.m., right before all the final Grammy award categories. But that didn’t stop the determined waiters, who delivered dessert with iPhone flashlights illuminating the way. As a distraction method, Crews took the stage, held up his flashlight and made his pecs dance for the crowd. He later stood up with a megaphone and said it was a city issue and assured us all that they were working on it, joking, “This has been an interesting night.” As the outage lingered, Crews informed that Billie Eilish had won the remaining categories of the evening. The room cheered to that.

6. Tyler returns, fresh off the stage. Following his performance with Aerosmith at the Grammys, Tyler returned to his party around 8:45 p.m., still clad in the baseball cap and outfit he wore on the Staples Center stage.

7. Fans got to ask Tyler “anything." While we waited for the power to be restored, the famed Aerosmith frontman engaged in an impromptu Q&A session with fans, answering everything from his inspiration behind writing “Janie’s Got a Gun” to how much fun it was to reunite with Run-D.M.C. on the Grammy stage. He also revealed where he gets his favorite fish tacos from – Coconuts Fish Cafe in Maui -- and revealed that one of the scarves that he had tied on his mic stand at the Grammys was a Janie’s Fund scarf that he personally designed.

8. A live auction commenced and Tyler raised a hell of a lot of money for the cause. And he pulled out all the stops to help rack in those dollar bills, performing a solo on a harmonica that went for $7,000, kissing a woman who pledged $10,000 to sponsor girls in need, and then offering up with one final unexpected gem. After the auction had seemingly ended, the rocker appeared back on stage holding a piece of the wall that Rev Run and Darryl McDaniels broke through onstage during the Grammy performance, joking, “I ran out with it. I thought I was going to keep it but it’s going to the highest bidder.” It sold for $20,000.

9. There was a last-minute headliner switch. Pitbull was slated to perform but Gavin DeGraw filled in at the last minute. Tyler introduced DeGraw before accompanying him on an impromptu joint a capella blurb of “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” and a teaser of “What it Takes,” the Aerosmith song that the “Chariot” singer performed as tribute to the band at Friday’s MusiCares event. 

10. Nuno Bettencourt joined DeGraw on stage for “Change is Gonna Come." This included an edgy guitar solo that had everyone in the room on their feet. 


DeGraw’s Set List:

"Chariot"

"In Love with a Girl"

"Maybe I’m Amazed" (Paul McCartney cover)

"Change is Gonna Come"

"Take Me to the Pilot" (Elton John cover)

"Soldier"

"Not Over You"

"I Don’t Want to Be"

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