Dylan’s Naughty And Nice List
In one of the greatest — and most blunt — speeches in the 25-year history of the MusiCares Person of the Year charity gala, Bob Dylan praised the people who backed him and chastised his critics (ahem, Merle Haggard). Among those to perform for the 3,000-person audience on Feb. 6 was David Crosby, who offered advice on how to win Dylan over: “Don’t kiss his butt. If you razzle him like we do — ‘Hey, fish lips!’ — then he’s OK.”
Mainstay headliners Jay Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna were joined by Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae and siblings Jaden and Willow Smith at the palatial villa where Brian De Palma’s Scarface was filmed for Roc Nation’s ultra-exclusive brunch on Feb. 7. A head-to-toe polka-dot-clad Monae later left the crowd behind for Warner Music Group’s barbecue at a private Hollywood Hills estate, where a rainbow-haired Lily Allen (who couldn’t find a babysitter and brought daughters Ethel and Marnie) caught a three-song set by best new artist nominee Brandy Clark.
Ain’t No Holla-Jack Girl
While Joni Mitchell and Penny Marshall spent much of Clive Davis’ Saturday-night party smoking on the terrace of the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom, Gwen Stefani performed her first solo show in seven years at L.A.’s Orpheum for fans including Jack Nicholson and Shirley Manson. The evening’s other all-star crowd — Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Jay Z and West — posed backstage for pictures at Big Sean’s House of Blues show.
After The Show, It’s The…
Lady Gaga debuted a series of Liza-meets-Babs looks alongside Tony Bennett during a post-awards performance at the Wiltern on Feb. 8. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift made the rounds at a private house party thrown in honor of Sam Smith’s four Grammy wins: She chatted up Ed Sheeran by the bar, snapped a selfie with Diplo (consider that feud over) and hung with Hozier, with whom she visited the Grammy Museum earlier in the week, sparking romance rumors.
Among those waiting to get into WMG’s party at the Chateau Marmont was Jenny Lewis who, growing impatient, noted that boyfriend-songwriter Johnathan Rice was already inside “probably drinking white-wine spritzers.” She and Ryan Adams were seen sampling hors-d’oeuvres earlier at UMG’s bash, where Katy Perry told Billboard she “wanted to do the exact opposite” of her Super Bowl performance for the Grammys. Kaskade, who partied at the GQ/Giorgio Armani fete, didn’t dig the show, ranting: “Who was it for? Old people?”
Reporting by Katie Atkinson, Megan Friend, Phil Gallo, Chris Gardner, Shirley Halperin, Andrew Hampp, Gail Mitchell and Erin Strecker.