There is nothing that defines rock and roll more than The GRAMMY®s. Now add LA to the mix and Music’s Biggest Night® is without a doubt, one of the besy days of the year. The buzz in the air is infectious and there is nothing quite like 18,000 attendees packed in the Staples Center wearing ball gowns and tuxedos, listening to the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Dave Grohl, being joined onstage by GRAMMY winner Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. The super-fab LL Cool J will once again hosts the evening’s ceremony.
The week leading up to the show is always just as exciting. Gaining access to one of the many highly coveted pre-GRAMMY parties, luncheons, galas and events it just as desirable as the ceremony itself. One of the biggest leading up to the big night is the MusiCares Person of the Year event. MusiCares Person of the Year celebrates extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as significant charitable work and this year the award goes to the amazing Carole King. Past recipients have included Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.
The fun backstage is always an exciting aspect of the big night as well. The show’s presenters and performers are treated to amazing thank you gifts in acknowledgement for their participation and this year is no different with the official GRAMMY Gift Lounge being brought to you by MTG. At any given time, the likes of Lorde, Katy Perry, P!nk, Nate Ruess, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Metallica, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Chicago and Robin Thicke can be seen backstage.
Although you might not have been able to score a ticket to one of hottest events of the year, it doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. CBS will be televising the coverage of the event and red carpet pre-party on Sunday, January 26th or you can catch the fun online at GRAMMY.com.
For those looking to simply live like a nominee, here’s a crash course in Rock and Roll 101. You never know who you’ll be rubbing (leather and stud) elbows with at some of these great venues!
The GRAMMY Museum
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
As the original school of rock, The GRAMMY museum is no ordinary museum. This is THE rock and roll museum. Sure they have outstanding exhibits and educational programs, but inside the super intimate 200-seat Clive Davis theater is where the magic happens. Members enjoy live performances and interviews with living legends like Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Dave Matthews, Yoko Ono and Pete Townshend to name just a few. The best part? It is so easy to become a member and get in on all the action. Visit www.grammymuseum.org for details.
1200 Alta Loma Rd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For the ultimate rockstar retreat, visit The Sunset Marquis hotel with Bar 1200 which is just steps from the hustle and bustle of the Sunset Strip. It’s hard to find if you’ve never been, and that’s the whole point. Even though it is open to the public, immediately upon entering you can tell by the dark lighting, rockstar portraits and the plush decor that Bar 1200 is very exclusive and very private. It is where the true rockstars mingle, and musical legends with A-list recognition names go to sip and blend in. Let it be known, you can look, but do not touch. This is a gawk-free zone. Star stalking is not tolerated.
8800 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Chances are when you see a rockstar in the wild, they are wearing John Varvatos which fuses together a New York sophistication with LA style. The store on Melrose is where the red carpet and rock and roll royalty collide. Filled with modern mens clothing, whether you are attending a GRAMMY after-party or hitting the stage on the Strip, John Varvatos threads are what separate the nominees from the winners. Check out the latest campaign with rock band, KISS, and you’ll discover the signature Varvatos style that has become legendary.
1717 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Premier boutique hotel, The Redbury, is a special place where Hollywood meets Vine. The rooms are designed as spacious flats and decorated in a variety of old-world cultures with all the comforts of home. While visiting, be sure to stop by Cleo and The Library. Cleo features “nouveau Middle Eastern cuisine in a vibrant, inviting atmosphere,” and The Library @ The Redbury is their sophisticated indoor/outdoor lounge tucked away on the second floor offering signature cocktails. Oh, and you’ll just love your in room record player with collection of vinyls to enjoy during your stay.
8221 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
The Chateau Marmont hotel is always fantastic, but the day after the GRAMMY awards, it is fabulous. Lunchtime on the patio brings out the superstars like moths to a flame who are just getting up from their big GRAMMY wins the night before. Be sure to make reservations because it is the busiest Monday of the year though. While many will probably be ordering Bloody Mary’s for brunch, try the Chilled Beets with Chèvre, Citrus and Hazelnuts prepared by chef Carolynn Spence – it is beyond.
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