Dave Grohl, Barry Manilow and Carly Simon in Clive Davis' Grammy Party Class Photo: Exclusive

 Joe Pugliese
Barry Manilow, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Elle King, Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Adam Lambert, Tori Kelly, Robert Lamm of Chicago, James Pankow of Chicago, Walter Parazaider of Chicago, Lee Loughnane of Chicago, Carly Simon, Fetty Wap, Beck, Jack Antonoff and Clive Davis

On the eve of music's big night, Sony Music's chief creative officer, for the 42nd year, brought together industry titans and top talent -- including Elle King, Beck and more -- at the Beverly Hilton. Says Carly Simon of the V-Day bash: "He's a national treasure, so in a way, it's a national holiday."

"Parties aren't supposed to be fun, right?" said Jack Antonoff, Grammy winner for his work on Taylor Swift's album 1989, as he marveled at the music giants gathered at the Beverly Hilton for Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala.

The 2016 edition, held Feb. 14, honored manager Irving Azoff with a Salute to Industry Icons award and featured performances by Beck (with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic), Barry Manilow (in his first appearance following a brief hospitalization), newcomers Tori Kelly, Elle King and Fetty Wap, and Carly Simon, who performed "You're So Vain."

While some stars were across town for the Jimmy Iovine-Liberty Ross wedding, Davis was unfazed. "This will be a lifetime memory for all those who are there."

Go here for more exclusive photos from Clive Davis' annual Grammys party.

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