The Grammy Parties
After the final chords had been struck at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, winners and just-happy-to-be-nominateds alike fanned out around Los Angeles to continue the celebration at various after-parties. "[The Grammys] is the event that you watch in your jammies, eating popcorn when you're a nine-year-old girl, and wish. I can't believe I'm here!" said a still-stunned Katy Perry, who swapped her sweeping Basil Soda gown for a sassier dress from Jenny Packham before making her way to the EMI bash, held at SLS in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
-With reporting by Brantley Bardin, Meg Hemphill, Kwala Mandel, Andrea Simpson and Lindzi Scharf
Guests like Estelle, Kanye West and Duffy took over Wolfgang's Steakhouse for a post-show dance party, hosted by the House of Hype, Island Def Jam and Antonio "L.A." Reid. "I'm wearing a custom-made Tory Burch dress. The one I was wearing earlier was heavy I said, 'I'm not wearing this to any clubs!'" said Estelle, who celebrated her first Grammy appearance by kicking up her Halston heels to tunes spun by DJ Clinton Sparks.
joined Akon and Colbie Callat to soak up the laid back vibe at the Universal Motown Records Group post-Grammy party, held at Whiskey Blue.
Grammy presenter Kate Beckinsale headed to the Xbox 360 lounge backstage at the Staples Center, where she picked up items from Gunnar optics, Affliction apparel and CHI beauty products. Beckinsale also jammed with daughter Lily Sheen at the Gibson Guitar booth.
Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus
(in Colette Dinnigan) and Miley Cyrus (in Roberto Cavalli) were among the up and comers who helped salute the music industry's biggest icons at Clive Davis' 2009 pre-Grammy bash, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I just decided what I'm going to wear tomorrow," Swift said, before joining Rihanna, Sheryl Crow and Duffy for a late-night performance by Whitney Houston. "I'm automatically attracted to sparkly dresses, but it's not sparkly. Can you believe it?"
"Rock 'n roll rocks!" said Carrie Underwood, stating the obvious at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy bash. Underwood showed off her inner rocker chick in a sequined Pamella Roland mini-dress. "I feel like I need to pull it down a little bit, but it’s fun," laughed the country queen.
Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas
Band of brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas-known collectively as The Jonas Brothers-created a very valuable auction item when they signed a guitar for the Grammy Awards MusiCares program backstage at the Staples Center. The brothers are part of an all-star line-up set to honor legend Neil Diamond at the MusicCares Person of the Year gala tonight.
Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson
and Jennifer Hudson were among the all-star line-up of musicians who helped pay tribute to Neil Diamond during the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute in Los Angeles. While Hudson belted out a cover of Diamond's "Holly Holy," Hill shared a slow dance with the music legend during a duet of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."
"My first guitar was $10-I paid for it a dollar a week because I wasn't sure if I liked playing guitar. I never dreamed that I would have a night like this," said MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Neil Diamond, who stuck a signature pose as he performed "Sweet Caroline." Coldplay, Kid Rock and the Jonas Brothers also took the stage, entertaining the crowd with covers of classic Diamond tunes from legend's 50-year career.
"It's Herve Leger," said Grammy nominee Leona Lewis as she showed off her figure-hugging dress and Kenneth Cole clutch at Timbaland's pre-Grammy launch party, hosted by Verizon and BlackBerry. Once inside Hollywood hot spot Boulevard 3, Lewis joined Paris Hilton, Chris Brown and Andrea Bowen to rock out to performances by Timbaland and Rihanna.
checked out the peep-toe platforms when she visited the Grammy Awards Style Studio, held at L.A.'s Smashbox Studios. The Grammy nominee took her pick from skincare treatments by Kate Somerville, makeup touch-ups from Make-up Forever and InStyler hair straightening by stylist Dean Banowetz.
will.i.am, Rihanna and Taboo
helped the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Taboo start Grammy weekend off on a high note at the 5th annual Peapod Foundation concert, presented by Adobe Youth Voices. Once inside the Conga Room at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, guests were treated to a performance by the Peas-with special appearances by Lupe Fiasco, Nikka Costa and Boys II Men-to benefit the foundation, which provides music and arts education to children around the world.
-With reporting by Andrea Simpson
Arriving at the Peapod Foundation benefit, Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie explained the genesis of the band's charitable organization. "Around the world there so much poverty that we've seen, it takes a really cruel person and not to want to do something and give back," said the newlywed. Once inside, Fergie let her hair down to entertain the crowd. "I'm looking for all the crazy people in the house," she screamed as she took the stage.
After fine-tuning her Grammy performance during a rehearsal session, nominee Katy Perry headed backstage to the Xbox 360 Grammy gift lounge, where she signed a guitar to benefit MusiCares and picked up heart-shaped Juicy Couture sunglasses from Solstice and a "puffer" ring from Misis jewelery. Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett also stopped by to pick up some goodies.