I can tell you exclusively that the Beverly Hilton is going to be agog on Saturday night: Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, are going to Clive Davis’s all star annual pre Grammy dinner. The couple– he’s a famous musician, she’s famous– will head up a list of stars that should have the paparazzi in shouting matches all night!
Who else is coming? Everyone from rockers to movie stars to politicians and society types (hello Barbara Davis). Sony ATV Music Publisher Marty Bandier is honored with the NARAS Legacy Award. Trustees Award winners Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and famed producer Richard Perry will be on hand, as well as Perry’s lady friend Jane Fonda and his music pal Joni Mitchell.
Politicians include former VP Al Gore, and minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
I can tell you exclusively that Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea are singing together. So are Pharrell Williams and Carole King. The immortal legend Johnny Mathis will croon for the audience. (If he doesn’t sing “Chances Are,” there’s going to be trouble.) Today, Hudson and Azalea rehearsed at the Hilton. Rita Orr was a no show, but she still has tomorrow to check in.
What makes the Clive Davis party so special? It’s the total crossroads of all celebrity in Hollywood on Grammy weekend. It’s bookended by the MusiCares Person of the Year dinner on Friday (this year honoring Bob Dylan) and the actual Grammys. Clive’s party is to the Grammys what the Vanity Fair party is to the Oscars. It’s the most coveted ticket. People clamor for it, offer body parts. And it’s presided over by this 82 years young legend, and king of cool.
Some more guests expected: Irving Azoff, Tyra Banks, Jackie Collins, Joan Collins, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple and iTunes’ Eddie Cue, Brian Grazer, Magic Johnson, Napster and Facebook’s Sean Parker, Melissa Rivers, Jon Voight, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Puffy Combs, Chick Corea, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Earth, Wind & Fire, Missy Elliott, Herbie Hancock, Beck, Gladys Knight, John Legend, Barry Manilow, Ricky Martin, Matthew Morrison, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Russell Simmons, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, TI, Will.i.am, and Neil Young.