LOS ANGELES Across the land—Hollywoodland, that is—a broad array of folks involved with award-season planning have seen their share of disappointments this year. With the writers strike still ongoing (although showing signs of a reprieve) and some events over the last few weeks scaled back or canceled altogether (most notably the intimate fetes known as the Golden Globes and Vanity Fair's Oscar party), the Grammys may start to bring some luster back to the bummer-tinged season. Events related to the music spectacle begin in earnest this Thursday and continue through the weekend.
In fact, Thursday night looks to be one of the busier nights on the slate, with a party at the Getty Center to announce Grammy-nominated classical pianist Lang Lang as the new chairman of the Foundation D'Enterprise Montblanc de la Culture. Later in the evening, at Boulevard3 across town, the Recording Academy will join with In Style for the magazine's first attempt at a fashion show, showcasing the clothing lines of musicians-turned-designers such as Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z.
Next door at Social Hollywood, Nikki DeBartolo and Khristine Williams will fete their jewelry collection, Nicole Khristine, with an event benefiting Clothes Off Our Back and featuring DJ AM, Grandmaster Flash, and Macy Gray in a turntable symphony. Meanwhile, the Recording Academy's producers and engineers will dine at Village Studios, with catering by Tres L.A.
Also on Thursday, the founders of Beverly Hills gallery Celebrity Vault will host a cocktail reception in honor of the space's latest exhibition, “The Art of the Grammys,” on view there through February 19. The show features selections from photographer Danny Clinch’s backstage portraits that include images from the last five Grammy awards.
Verizon Wireless and People will honor Timbaland at Avalon Hollywood on Friday night, with performances by the honoree as well as Chris Cornell, Taylor Swift, and others. And downtown at the L.A. Convention Center, MusiCares will give its Person of the Year tribute to Aretha Franklin at a gala for 2,500 produced by Bounce, at which Franklin will perform.
Saturday looks to be one of the lighter party nights—possibly in acknowledgment of the conflict caused by the opening gala for the BCAM wing over at Lacma. Nevertheless, Clive Davis will do his annual party at the Beverly Hilton. (MTV last year identified the party as big enough to seem like a mini Grammys.)
On Sunday, the Grammy awards themselves will commence at Staples Center before the sun sets, and end about three food-free hours later. But Wolfgang Puck will do his part to end hunger with vast food buffets at the Recording Academy's huge-scale blowout for 6,000, which will take over the L.A. Convention Center right next door, with an old-world European opera-house look and a performance by Cyndi Lauper. Across downtown, Warner Music Group will host its bash at Vibiana, the same venue it chose last year when the old cathedral was brand-new as an event space.