HOLLYWOOD — Going three for eight wasn’t the only thing that Mariah Carey and Kanye West had in common on Grammy night. Both also hosted the most anticipated afterparties.
Revelers had to travel to a secret location in Beverly Hills and then board shuttles to get to Mariah’s party — only to find out that police weren’t letting anyone else in (members of Yellowcard were among those who tried to get in but were shut out).
Kanye held his function right in Hollywood at the Lot. West’s shindig looked like it cost a whole video budget. The spot was all white (see “Alicia, Kanye Go For Plunging Necklines, Stars Rock White On Grammy Green Carpet” ), with a movie screen, a baby grand piano and pictures of the G.O.O.D. Music family decorating the space. A VIP section in the middle of the room was sectioned off with white velvet ropes, and girls dressed in bathing suits and white-feathered wings walked among the partiers, including T.I., Christina Milian, Pamela Anderson, Ludacris and David Banner.
Kanye also hired four top-ranked DJs — Clinton Sparks, Mark Ronson, Kelly G. and J Period — who spun records like Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive,” Busta Rhymes’ “Touch It” and De La Soul’s “Breakadawn.”
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Around midnight, the doors were shut, but Jay-Z and Beyoncé still managed to gain access with no problem while Tracee Ellis Ross hit the dance floor with her brother. Ross, Pam Anderson and Nia Long all appear in West’s new video “Touch the Sky,” which he screened a couple of times at Wednesday night’s event. (See Kanye’s “Touch the Sky” on Overdrive.)
The vibe got so good at the G.O.O.D. Music party that Keyshia Cole stood on top of the baby grand and started singing “I’m Going Down.” Farnsworth Bentley later took that same post and danced. Partiers went home with goodie bags full of T-shirts, J Period mixtapes, L’Oreal cosmetics and candles.
The Warner Music party at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center featured the kind of surprise guest you don’t want to see: the fire marshal.
With the doors temporarily closed, Danger Mouse decided to turn around, but not before plugging his next project to an eager reporter. “I’m working with Cee-Lo, and it’s insane,” he boasted.
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An amused-looking Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman were among those turned away from the packed event.
Being shut out gave FOB bassist Pete Wentz an excuse to stop Green Day as they were making their way out. “Congrats, dude,” he said to Billie Joe, who was excited to see the fellow punk rocker.
Once they made it inside, Fall Out Boy and a host of other musicians were treated to an opulent mix of Middle Eastern flair (a full-on Bedouin tent) and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video (vacant-eyed women posed as living decorations, wrapping themselves in flowing fabric or twirling long silk ribbons). Static-X frontman Wayne Static enjoyed the ambiance and even busted a move on the dance floor. Nearby, country dudes Big & Rich held court with rappin’ sidekick Cowboy Troy.
At the bar, R&B singer Trey Songz revealed his plans to transition into movies, while waitresses served warm chocolate-chip cookies and shot glasses of cold milk. Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin singer Andrew McMahon was planning his next party destination, while Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn and Brad Delson chummed with the suits, and Anthony Anderson got his groove on to some Madonna.
The show’s over, but there’s still plenty of Grammy goodness right here on MTVNews.com. Check out photos of the hottest green-carpet and onstage moments, find out what went down at the celeb-packed parties, and share your thoughts on the performers, winners and losers.
Plus watch videos of all the nominees on MTV.com and check out exclusive video footage from the big night on Overdrive.