When the Beverly Hills fire marshals gave the all clear to Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7, the party hadn't even started -- but a cordoned-off room where the ­evening's performers ­participated in a ritual preshow portrait session was already packed to capacity with music stars.

"It can be nerve-wracking on that stage because you're there with your peers -- people who know music," said Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song "Trouble" with Iggy Azalea at the seated soiree an hour later. Added Aloe Blacc, "This is the Grammys before the Grammys."

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