There were two pre-Grammy parties on Saturday (Jan. 25). And just like Grammy after-parties, the Grammy pre-parties seem to create some of the most notable moments of the entire weekend of music celebration.
Most importantly, there was the legendary Clive Davis party at the Beverly Hilton . There were superstars from all walks of life and performances from almost every single genre. Technically, there were no country stars performing. But Miley Cyrus, bless her heart, took to the stage for a mini-set that included Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” I’ve heard her sing that before, so I know how amazing she must’ve sounded.
And fortunately for anyone who adores Parton, Cyrus was not performing the song in the underwear-and-combat-boots outfit she’s wearing in her “Wrecking Ball” video. That would’ve been awkward. Instead, she wore a classy little Calvin Klein fuzzy pink jacket and later thanked the designer on Twitter saying that she “felt like the prettiest pink teddy bear.”
Lorde, the teenage singer-songwriter from New Zealand who is the toast of the music industry right this minute, took to the stage for a couple songs as well. And Spin magazine is reporting that Taylor Swift was watching and was “practically head-banging through the entire performance.” Swift has become known for being an enthusiastic audience member, ever since she was caught on camera dancing along to Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” at the last CMT Music Awards.
Earlier in the day, at Hollywood’s newest hotspot nightclub Lure, the Universal Music Group party was underway and Kacey Musgraves was there to perform. She did her bittersweet break-up ballad “Keep It to Yourself” and then “Biscuits.” It’s a song she wrote with Brandy Clark (“Follow Your Arrow,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Better Dig Two” ) and the hook’s about how if you mind your own biscuits, your life will be gravy. Musgraves introduced the song by saying she can be a bit of a dumbass sometimes, and that that would be her advice.
Even though the Clive Davis party is the one everyone wants to go to, I would’ve gladly traded my invitation to that (had I had one) just to hear Musgraves do her new song.