The Annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party
Ashlee Simpson and Fergie
Even A-listers like Ashlee Simpson and Fergie were star-struck by the wattage at Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party. Air kisses abounded as music luminaries and celebrities like Janet Jackson, Lindsay Lohan and Whitney Houston arrived at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for an evening of memorable performances and a chance to rub elbows with this year's Grammy nominees before the big night.
-Brantley Bardin and James Herman
-Brantley Bardin and James Herman
Chris Brown and Rihanna
"You look so fierce," Rihanna told a fellow guest before taking her seat next to Chris Brown inside the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The sexy singer worked off dinner when she jumped to her feet to dance as Alicia Keys performed her chart-topping hit, "No One."
Alicia Keys, Clive Davis and Whitney Houston
"This party has helped to break artists like Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson," said host Clive Davis, who arrived with two of his most successful proteges, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston. "I’m here because of Clive, I owe everything to him," Houston declared.
Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
New parents Joel Madden and Nicole Richie-who is reportedly working on her own debut album-were among family and friends at the bash, spending time with Nicole's dad, Lionel Richie and longtime friend Quincy Jones. Richie and Madden made the most of their rare night on the town, also hitting the opening night gala for L.A's Broad Contemporary Art Museum.
"It’s amazing that we can all come together the night before the Grammys and have some fun," exclaimed Carrie Underwood (in Marchesa) who attended the event with Gossip Girl cutie Chace Crawford. "This is something that everybody comes to. There are so many people from the music industry, but I saw amp#91;New York Giantamp#93; Michael Strahan, so apparently it’s a big thing with the sporting industry too. And movie stars! It’s just a huge collection of people!" Guests toasted the nominees with Grammy Suprise cocktails, a blend of champagne and Intrigue tangerine liquer.
Lindsay Lohan showed off a darker 'do and a flirty, one-shoulder bubble dress for photographers when she made a low-profile entrance backstage. The signing starlet then joined fellow guests Pink, Ashanti and Dita Von Teese to take in performances by Fantasia, Josh Groban and Wyclef Jean.
Slash and Chris Daughtry
Was Chris Daughtry-who is up for four Grammys-nervous about Sunday's ceremony? "I feel like a winner. I feel like winnin’ some Grammys!" the American Idol alum, who mingled with Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, said triumphantly. "But I’m a little nervous because we’re up against some pretty amazing talent. Just to be associated with an elite group of people who have been in the business so long is an awesome thing."
Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson, Fergie and Will.i.am
A glamorous Janet Jackson (in Escada) claimed to be suffering from fashion fatigue. "This was just one of the outfits that I chose for this evening. With my new record I have so many things [going on] right now!" said the singer. Fortunately, Jackson got a chance to kick back and enjoy the night with boyfriend Jermain Dupri and Black Eyed Peas band mates Fergie and Will.i.am.
The Foo Fighters kicked off the one-night-only concert with their high-volume hit, "The Best of Me." "Last year Barry Manilow did a 20-minute medley of every hit he had," said Foo Fighter front man Dave Grohl of the magnitude of the performances at the annual bash. "We were sittin’ next to Pearl Jam and they were crying. It changed my life."
Josh Groban, and Andrea Bocelli
"Expect the unexpected tonight," said Josh Groban, who teamed up with tenor Andrea Bocelli to perform the song "The Prayer" for the first time ever. Groban, whose appearance also marked his debut at the annual pre-Grammy bash, made sure to dress appropriately for the affair. "I got a tuxedo from Dolce and Gabbana," the singer said of his ensemble. "They always take really good care of me."