BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) – Clive Davis’s hot gala included Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, but Nancy Pelosi, the house’s spokeswoman, received most of the requests to take a selfie.
Pelosi was treated to rock stars by the participants of the annual Pre-Grammy event on Saturday night. This was also an impressive tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, an artist with whom Davis had worked closely for decades.
Pelosis sarcastic clapping and grin to President Donald Trump in his State of the Union speech became viral last week and triggered hundreds of memes. When Davis announced that she was in the audience – Pelosi was in the past – she got a standing ovation, while some people even imitated her now-famous handle.
At the top of the event, when they tried to leave the game, people asked to take selfies, which was almost a line when Pelosi smiled at them all.
Celebrities such as Apple’s Tim Cook, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, the youngest Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman, Wolfgang Puck, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dionne Warwick, Kathy Griffin, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Calvin Klein all took part in the Beverly Hilton Angela Bassett, Berry Gordy, Fred Armisen, George Clinton and Darren Criss.
The night ended with a rousing tribute to Franklin, who died in August. R & B singer and songwriter Jazmine Sullivan was stunned with her interpretations of “Call Me” and “I Knew You Are Are Waiting.” Then came Rob Thomas, who was on stage. Soul singer Ledisi, a Powerhouse vocalist, also shone as the two-Grammy-nominated sister duo Chloe x Halle overthrew the house as they performed “Sisters Are Doin ‘for themselves.”
Rapper Travis Scott, nominated for three Grammys, started the night with the hit “Goosebumps”. Before playing “sickmode,” which hit # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts last year, he told the audience, “I just got mad.”
“Do not be afraid to get up,” said Scott’s DJ.
The Time came as a surprise and got the crowd off to a jolly performance. Together with Quincy Jones, the group honored Clarence Avant, the 87-year-old music executive known as the “godfather of black music.”
H.E.R., nominated for five Grammys, including the album of the year, continued to prove why she is the artist she was looking for, and she received standing ovations for her spectacular vocals and clever guitar playing. Other performers included Brandi Carlile, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, and Keala Settle, who sang “This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman. Davis’ event was also attended by James Brolin, Beck, Joe Walsh, Alice Cooper, Rocky, Diane Warren, LL Cool J, David Foster, Miguel, Chick Corea, Maren Morris, Ryan Tedder,