Saturday, May 18, 2024

Stevie Wonder Parties with The Weeknd, DNCE: “I’m surprised Beyonce didn’t win”


Stevie Wonder brought his extended family to the snazzy Republic Records after party last night, held at very hot spot Catch LA in West Hollywood. When I asked him what he thought of the Grammy Awards, the music legend replied: “I was surprised Beyonce didn’t win.” We did talk about Adele’s heartfelt speech in which she practically gave Beyonce the award, and Stevie acknowledged that. But like a lot of people who don’t get how the Grammys work these days, he didn’t get it. Those gargantuan sales for “25” made it the defacto winner for over a year.

At the Republic party Stevie was deluged with well wishers including The Weeknd, Fifth Harmony, Joe Jonas with DNCE, Jessie J, David Foster, actor Anthony Mackie, Adrien Grenier from “Entourage,” Maya Henry (the “it” girl philanthropist from Texas), hot new Republic group The YRS.

There were Paris Jackson sightings, although I didn’t see her. Paris did a great job as a Grammy presenter early in the show. On Instagram her brother Prince posted a tribute to her, and revealed that she had designed her own dress. She looked smashing. Good for her. I just hope she takes her climb to fame slowly. She has a tremendous future!

The Grammy parties were a scattered lot, and it wasn’t that simple to get from place to place quickly. DefJam and Universal Music had theirs at the Ace Hotel, where Katy Perry held court and chatted with UMG chief Lucian Grange. That’s where I ran into Don Cheadle, Russell Simmons, and amazingly a real legend: John Cale of the Velvet Underground.¬† Even though VU received a Lifetime Achievement Award, they and Cale were largely ignored last night. Pity.

Up at the Hotel Bel Air, Sony Music spent a lot of money but I don’t how much bang they got for their buck. Adele showed up, but she wouldn’t take photos. Only one turned up on the photo service sites. John Legend, who was very moving with Cynthia Erivo for the In Memoriam segment, popped in. Otherwise, Sony was light on talent.

And there was no sign of Beyonce after her loss to label mate Adele. But heavily pregnant with twins, and no doubt exhausted from staging her unusual Grammy presentation  about birth, life, and the Last Supper, Bey probably went home.

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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