This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Although the 2013 Grammy winners won’t be known for one more day, the winner for best Grammy party may no longer be in doubt.
At about 11 p.m. Friday night, pretty much the entire dance-music establishment was being whisked to the top floors of a skyscraper in South Park. This was Skrillex’s pre-Grammy party for the AIDS charity Dance (RED), Save Lives, and it looked like a rave thrown in the boardroom of a multinational energy conglomerate (kind of an apt metaphor for the genre these days).
Just a few hundred of EDM’s one-percenters ripped through the open bar while taking in city views big enough to make Jay McInerney cry. The dance floor was bathed in blue fog that underlined the decadent weirdness of the setting. (Note to promoters: Seriously, more raves in skyscrapers, please.)