On Wednesday night, BMG helped kick off Grammy weekend with a packed cocktail reception at LA’s No Name venue. Reaching capacity 30 minutes in, the packed reception featured an array of celebrities and executives who gathered to network and listen to a handful of BMG artists.
First on the slate was Alice in Chains alum Jerry Cantrell, who provided an emotional and raw performance around 8 p.m. PT, followed by rising country star and mom-to-be Margo Price, who rocked out on her guitar singing tracks like “A Little Pain” and “All American Made” — the title track from her lauded second studio album.
For her recent Billboard cover story, the first-time Grammy nominee — up for best new artist this year — spoke about the poignant content in her music, saying, “I’ve always known my songs would not be accepted in Nashville, and for a long time they weren’t. My first band, Secret Handshake, was inspired by The Kinks and their social and political messages.” She added: “People hated it. We cleared rooms. But if you don’t speak up, who will?” It was clear from the rapt No Name crowd that Price is no longer clearing rooms.
Last up on the bill was hip-hop artist Gashi, who changed the vibe of the venue with his high-energy and interactive performance with the crowd, which progressively warmed up to his melodic set. A standout record from his set was “Used to Be.”
Celebrity attendees at the party included new BMG signee Huey Lewis (pictured below), Leslie Odom Jr., Perry Farrell, Betty Wright, BMG songwriter and best country song nominee Hillary Lindsey, Tino Arteaga from Of Mice & Men, Tilian Pearson, and Ron and Russell Mael. Andy, Brandon and Tree of Crown the Empire also were in attendance.
Guests were treated to an open bar with hosted cocktails as well as wine and beer. In addition, hearty hors d’oeurves, such as buffalo fried chicken tenders, impossible burgers and steak tacos, were passed around.