Saturday, April 13, 2024

Clive Davis Famous Grammy Party to Honor Sir Richard Branson


Clive Davis’s annual famous pre-Grammy party is going to honor Sir Richard Branson. The dinner and concert –famed for its performances and number of celebs–takes place at the Beverly Hilton on February 10th, the night before the Grammys. Davis’s dinner was made part of the official NARAS Grammy weekend a few years ago. This year the dinner is sponsored by sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide. Outside of the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner, Clive’s Grammy event is maybe the hardest ticket for an untelevised evening. Davis mixes the old and the new, and never fails to pull off a coup with some unexpected superstars. Last year’s event ended with duets by Dionne Warwick and her cousin, Whitney Houston. Honoring Branson is a cool idea because he started Virgin Records. Some acts who could come to toast him might be Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and my own personal favorites from Virgin, Orchestral Manouevers in the Dark.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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