DALLAS — Grammy partying has started almost a whole week early … and it’s not even in host city L.A.
Production duo Play N Skillz, who are nominated for three Grammys this year, hosted a party in their native Dallas at club Plush to commence the celebration. Local D-Town artist [artist id="1804517"]Big Tuck[/artist], ex-video model Gloria Velez, former [artist id="11183"]112[/artist] singer Slim and [artist id="17853"]Too Short[/artist] — along with Houston neighbors [artist id="2377507"]Bun B[/artist], [artist id="1605088"]Slim Thug[/artist] and [artist id="2377507"]Paul Wall[/artist] — came out for the bash.
[artist id="1904930"]Gym Class Heroes[/artist] frontman Travis McCoy was the special guest DJ, spinning songs by Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and UGK, among others.
Around 1:50 a.m., just as the house lights were turned on, McCoy invited all the stars in the house to come from their VIP hideouts on the second floor to the DJ booth on the first floor. With everyone in place, McCoy jumped on top of the structure surrounding the booth and performed “Cookie Jar.”
Slim then was handed the mic for his solo hit “So Fly.” The Atlanta native had the women singing along with him on certain parts, especially the chorus when they yelled in unison, “I’m reaaaaaaa-deee!” Slim ended by taking it back to his 112 roots with “Peaches & Cream.”
Then it was Too Short’s turn. The legendary, lovable foul-mouth asked the crowd to tell him his favorite word. They responded yelling, “Beyotch!” Short’s music was cued up, and he went into “Blow the Whistle.”
Pitbull, who was also in the house, performed “Crazy” next. The music didn’t stop — Paul Wall kept it going with “Break ‘Em Off.”
Big Tuck continued the rap chorus line with his regional smash “Not a Stain on Me.” O.G. Bun B got loud yells with his “Gangsta” song. The MCing finale was “Still Tippin’ ” by Slim Thug and Paul Wall. They even let Mike Jones’ part play.
Before the crowd exited, Play got back on the mic and promised to bring another Grammy (Play N Skillz won last year for their production work on Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’ Dirty”) back to Dallas after this weekend’s ceremony.
“Dallas is the next city to blow the f— up,” he insisted.
Play N Skillz are up for three Grammys this weekend for their work on Lil Wayne’s “Got Money,” most notably Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Will Lil Wayne grab all the gramophones? Is Katy Perry going to tell her girl rivals to kiss off? Can Coldplay march off with a win? MTV News is all over the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, so stay tuned for interviews, analysis and more before, during and after the big night, Sunday, February 8.