Newcomers and veterans celebrated in pre-Grammy festivities

Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:55am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Music's biggest names gathered to celebrate the trailblazers and veterans of their industry at music producer Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party, remembering Whitney Houston and honoring the work of Epic Records' L.A. Reid.

Last year's pre-Grammy festivities was marred by the sudden death of Houston in a bathtub at the same hotel a few hours before Davis' party.

Dubbed the hottest ticket in town on the eve of Sunday's Grammy awards, Davis' party attracted celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Sting, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, Joni Mitchell, P. Diddy, The Foo Fighters and Frank Ocean.

Davis kicked off the party by "introducing" his audience to electronic dance music, with a performance by Dutch DJ Afrojack, who played his remix of chart-topping hits including Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" and Gotye's Grammy-nominated hit "Somebody That I Used to Know."

The night featured a range of musical guests taking the stage, including veteran rocker Patti Smith, who performed "Gloria" and "People Have The Power," while R&B singer Miguel sang his Grammy-nominated hit "Adorn."

The annual Grammy Awards ceremony, to be aired later on Sunday on CBS, honors the best musicians of the year, but is also a promotional showcase for rising stars and new albums.

Best New Artist Grammy nominees The Lumineers, a indie-folk band from Denver, Colorado, got the party crowd dancing to their chart hits "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love."

Throughout the evening, Davis often referred to Houston, and showed a montage of the late singer's career highlights, including footage of her singing "All The Man That I Need."   Continued...