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Who's expected at Grammy parties?

Artists from all genres — Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and more.

February 11, 2011|By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
  • Jamie Foxx is the final performance of the Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Jamie Foxx is the final performance of the Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy… (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles…)

After six weeks of somewhat staid awards fare for film and television, the Grammys shake up L.A. with some very welcome sonic edge. Less talking, more dancing. The intersection of music stars and their famous athlete, executive and celebrity fans makes serious parties possible. Here's a preview of who will be making beautiful music at private parties and where.

UNICEF's Women of Compassion. Angeleno socialite Colleen Bell will host a brunch with the charity on Friday honoring Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. The fashion rainmaker will be receiving her award from recent campaign star Jennifer Lopez, before UNICEF honorary chair Mary J. Blige and ambassador Alyssa Milano.

MusiCares Person of the Year. The do-good foundation this year honors Barbra Streisand at its annual event, where the legend will give a rare performance and receive celebrity tributes for her body of artistic and philanthropic work. Streisand will be feted by fellow legends Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Donna Summer and Herbie Hancock, as well as "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss and others on Friday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Redzone / Tricky Stewart. Producer Stewart (he who giveth all the good Britney Spears tracks) will rage in honor of Redzone Entertainment's many nominations at Playhouse Hollywood on Friday night. Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Ciara, the Dream, Omar Epps, athletes DeSean Jackson and Shawne Merriman will stop by — Justin Timberlake may also show his face, as might lovebirds Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Stewart has handled tracks for Justin Bieber, but this event could be past the Beeb's bedtime. He's not slated to attend but we can all dream.

Ciroc Cîroc / OK magazine. Diddy's favorite spirit and celeb mag OK are celebrating women in music Friday with a to-do at Hollywood's the Colony. Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls will host and Grammy nominee Natasha Bedingfield will perform.

Gucci / Rocnation Brunch. Giannini will host a swanky fete Saturday afternoon at SoHo House in West Hollywood with Rocnation founder Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. Toasting Gucci's relationship with the Recording Academy and Roc's impressive roster of talent, Jay will welcome his sister-in-law Solange Knowles and Mark and Samantha Ronson to snack and talk shop.

Cash Money Records. West Hollywood will get a taste of Hotlanta on Saturday evening when the label throws its pre-bash at soundstage collective the Lot. Lil Wayne, Drake, Akon, Jay Sean, Chad Ochocinco and Kelly Rowland are expected to show — in addition to the anticipated sighting of "it" girl Nicki Minaj and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

Primary Wave Music. The management firm has tapped cute couple Bill and Guiliana Rancic to front their Nivea-sponsored cocktail bash Saturday at the SLS Hotel's Bazaar. Celebrating their five-year anniversary, the agency boasts clients like Cee Lo Green, in town for his various nominations and a live collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow for Sunday's telecast.

EMI. The music publisher will host an official post-show party on Sunday with a serious roster of talent at Milk Studios in Hollywood — Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Norah Jones and Dave Grohl are expected, and Ultimate Ears by Logitech is streaming the sexy arrivals starting at 9 p.m. at

Warner Music Group. Diverting the awards crowd back to the SoHo House, the gang at Warner will have the Grey Goose flowing Sunday for nominees and clients like the Black Keys, B.o.B., Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, Jason Mraz, Paramore, New Boyz and Jason Derulo.

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