There are approximately 56,098 parties in and around Grammys weekend in Los Angeles. But 56,097 of them don’t have Jane Fonda out-twerking Taylor Swift while Robin Thicke wades into the crowd to ask, one more time, what rhymes with “hug me,” or Joni Mitchell giggling with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett by the doors to the smoking lounge.
Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, named for the legendary 81-year-old music mogul who always hosts the night in his also-legendary unhurried style, is known for bringing out scenes like this: a night where the most famous New Zealand teenager in the world performs three fewer songs than John Fogerty, and Miley Cyrus follows the one about feeling like she’s got no panties on with a raw, utterly sincere cover of her godmother’s signature scorned-woman anthem.
Below, a few of the more memorable moments:
* After a totally serviceable acoustic set from Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds:”I’m sure a lot of people out there don’t know who we are…That’s fine, we’re just grateful to be here”), Lionel Richie mambo-mambo’d on out to do his Commodores classic “Easy” and then “All Night Long.” Pharrell bounced in his chair like a kid on Christmas, and even the sphinx-faced Rihanna cracked a smile. God bless you, Lionel. Fiesta, forever. READ FULL STORY