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Afrobeats Fresh Picks of the Month: Burna Boy, Libianca, Aya Nakamura & More

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Last May, Billboard launched its U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart, highlighting some of the best music coming out of the African music scene and impacting listeners in the States. But we’d been paying increasing attention to what’s been going on there for several years now, and the heightened attention has only helped shine a light on a growing generation of performers and songwriters. These rising artists are not only pushing the genre forward, but expanding it beyond its traditional boundaries — incorporating hip-hop, amapiano, R&B, jazz, soul and just about everything else into a melting pot that, for lack of a better overarching term, we’ll still refer to as Afrobeats.

To help celebrate the growing influence and diversity of the music that’s coming out with increasing frequency, Billboard is launching a new, monthly column to highlight 10 of the best new Afrobeats (and its relatives) songs in a given month. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty more where these came from — and, for this first column, we’ve pulled some of the best songs from the last few months of 2022 to help kick things off in 2023 — but here is the first collection of some of our recent favorites, with a Spotify playlist at the end to help you get into the vibe. So without further ado, here are 10 Afrobeats tracks that are catching our ears already this year.

Libianca, “People”

Libianca’s breakout single “People” is a stirring cry for help that has been echoing throughout TikTok and reached No. 2 on U.S. Afrobeats Songs. She offers listeners raw insight into her mood disorder Cyclothymia by constantly questioning “Did you check on me? Now, did you notice me?” with soothing, supple vocals and tinkering bells that buoy Libianca from feeling low. From competing on season 22 of NBC’s The Voice to signing with RCA Records and producer Jae5’s 5K Records, the Cameroonian American singer-songwriter is giving Afro-soul music a global platform.  

Tiwa Savage and Asake, “Loaded”

Tiwa Savage and Asake take shots at their haters on “Loaded,” one of the highlights from Empire’s first-ever African compilation album Where We Come From, Vol. 1. The self-praising track blends theatrical string arrangements, amapiano’s syncopated breakbeats, gospel choral melodies and rap’s braggadocio, signature sonic ingredients from Asake’s successful debut album Mr. Money With the Vibe. The African Bad Gyal complements his swagger and addresses a leaked sex tape from last year by deflecting her defamers and teasing, “Na who never f–k, hands in the air!” 

Burna Boy, “Alone”

The African Giant feels powerless and begs God not to abandon him in “Alone,” his standout contribution to the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. Burna Boy kicks off the track with his siren-like humming before sorrowful strings and his desolate vocals take over the verses. And while the chorus translates to a cry for help, empowering harmonies and triumphant percussion back Burna up and make him sound less alone. 

Aya Nakamura, “Baby”

Malian-French singer Aya Nakamura prides herself on being the apple of someone else’s eye on her new single “Baby,” which was released ahead of her fourth album DNK. “Because I’m his baby, wants to be my daddy,” she flaunts in her robust, native French vocals. Nakamura also flaunts her prowess, coordinated gal pals and Y2K-inspired fashion in the accompanying music video.  

Ruger, “Asiwaju”

Afrobeats newcomer Ruger boldly crowns himself “asiwaju,” or champion in Yoruba, in this guitar-driven, melodic offering. The 23-year-old Jonzing World signee rejects his Gen-Z label and promises to “bring hell to anybody wey try test me” in his sharp-tongued bars, deceptively coated with his syrupy vocals. Ruger also looks effortlessly cool while parading around the city with his namesake flag-waving crew and schoolkids in the accompanying visual.

Kizz Daniel, “RTID (Rich Till I Die)”

A breezy, infectious melody; a confident, carefree hook; a major key pop feel: What’s not to like? Kizz Daniel has been growing in popularity for a few years now, with his latest a perfect mood for a summertime afternoon — “I live the life that I love/ I love the life that I live” — that has the type of staying power to last into those months. With the release of its music video two weeks ago, it makes its debut on U.S. Afrobeats Songs at No. 29 on the chart dated Jan. 21, with the promise of warmer days ahead.

Teni, Mayorkun & Costa Titch feat. Ch’cco, “MAITAMA”

Teni had one of the best albums of the year in 2021 in her debut Wondaland, a lush collection of songs that established her as one of the brightest voices to emerge in the past few years. “MAITAMA” picks up right where that album left off, with an earworm of a melody and a propulsive beat that provides a platform for guests Mayorkun, Costa Titch and Ch’cco to leave their stamp. If this is a precursor to a sophomore album, there may already be an early contender for the best of the year.

Zinoleesky, “Personal”

Zinoleesky first caught our attention with his show-stopping verse on Lil Kesh’s 2022 hit “Don’t Call Me,” and his latest EP Grit & Lust, released just ahead of Christmas, is a welcome introduction to a new rising talent out of Nigeria. The whole project is worth checking out — a particular shout out to “Yan Yan Yan” — but “Personal” is another standout from the project, with a clean production leaving the singer/rapper to establish a thesis statement of sorts, and a promising future of what’s to come.

Seyi Vibez, “Alaska”

Seyi Vibez broke out last year with his Billion Dollar Baby album, introducing a fresh voice to the scene. But his five-song Memory Card EP is something else entirely: less produced, more insistent, with a raw feeling as if it simply spilled over from the street onto the record. “Alaska” is as good a representative of the project as any; its stripped-down instrumentation relies more on layered vocals and a stray flute than it does on anything traditional, as it bores its way into the memory almost involuntarily. An absolutely original voice.

Victony & Tempoe, “Soweto”

This song has been around for a minute now, but the song’s smooth, danceable beat, produced by Tempoe, is too infectious not to include here. The track peaked at No. 15 on U.S. Afrobeats Songs towards the end of last year, but its vibe has it leading playlists into 2023, while its playful lyrics and catchy melody have seen it stick around for months on the charts, with no signs of it going anywhere.



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Music Industry Moves: Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Adds Brandon Creed to Management Team

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Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has added Brandon Creed to his team, joining longtime manager Jodie Regan of Spinning Top, Variety has learned. Parker has increasingly become an in-demand producer — he has recently been working with Lil Nas X and Dua Lipa — in addition to his role as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of psychedelic-rock outfit Tame Impala. In 2020, he signed a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV. Australia-based Spinning Top’s roster includes such acts as Cameron Avery, Haiku Hands and POND, among others. Creed has called Full Stop Management home since 2017 when he merged his Creed Co. company with the Azoffs’ bringing over clients like Mark Ronson and Charli XCX. Full Stop clients currently include Harry Styles, Cardi B, Lizzo and many more.

Thursday, Jan. 26

+ After more than 20 years at the company, Sas Metcalfe, Kobalt‘s first employee and chief creative officer, will be exiting her post effective Feb. 28.

“Her creative taste is second to none, from her first signing of Badly Drawn Boy to Andrew Watt. She has built a great spirit in her team because she is happy to share success,” commented Willard Ahdritz, founder and chairman of Kobalt, who hired Metcalfe in 2001. “All our fun moments together are what I will miss the most. I wish her all the best in her next endeavor.”

According to the company, Metcalfe helped foster a global creative team that is almost 70% female and has helped spearhead several key signings from the Weeknd to Diplo, Gunna and Karol G, among others.

“I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished at Kobalt,” said Metcalfe. “When I look back, I’m in awe of how much great music the Kobalt creative team has ushered into the world. But what makes me most proud is working alongside so many talented music lovers and helping them develop into great creative and A&R minds – I’d argue they are some of the best in the music industry today. Kobalt’s team is so rich with talent, and I am excited to see what awaits. Overall, it has been a joy being a part of such a visionary company.”

Said Kobalt CEO Laurent Hubert, “Simply put, Sas is one of a kind. Her impact in the music industry and at Kobalt is undeniable, as she nurtured and managed not just amazing songwriters but also built one of the best global creative teams in the industry. The work that Sas has done at Kobalt will be felt for many years to come. We thank Sas for her extraordinary contribution to making Kobalt what it is today.”

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+ Universal Music Group has appointed television producer and recording industry exec Roey Hershkovitz to the newly created role of VP of sound and picture.

Hershkovitz will spearhead visual content across the company’s studios, develop new programming and build on the company’s leadership in immersive audio. He will work across UMG’s studios globally, as well as with Joe McCrossan, head of video services, to create new strategies that build upon the company’s multimedia tools available to record labels, recording artists and songwriters.

Hershkovitz has also been tapped as head of West Coast studios, where he will continue to oversee Capitol Studios and the facility’s ongoing renovation. He joins UMG’s Audio Leadership team to help lead creative innovation and audio quality, including Dolby Atmos Music adoption across a wide range of consumer products.

Hershkovitz is based out of Santa Monica and will continue to report to Christopher Jenkins, executive VP of digital studios, and Pat Kraus, senior VP of recording studios and archive management.

Roey Hershkovitz

+ Reservoir Media has acquired Dion‘s publishing catalog and synchronization rights for his master recordings. The singer is best known for his hits with Dion and the Belmonts and as a solo artists including “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby” and “Dream Lover,” among others.

A star of the 1950s and 1960s, Dion is among the most recognizable voices of the doo-wop and early pop-rock era. He’s released over 40 albums and earned 39 Top 40 hits. Dion was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

+ Exceleration Music, which has partnered with notable indie labels like Mom+Pop Music, Kill Rock Stars and Heroic Music Group, has entered into a strategic global partnership with +1 Records. With the deal, Exceleration will invest in +1 and provide resources and operational support for the independent label. Based in New York and Los Angeles, the +1 roster includes The Heavy, Rejjie Snow, Nate Husser, Lo Village and Anna Shoemaker.

Co-founder and CEO Jonny Kaps will lead the label’s team. “+1 Records has always been different,” he said. “We are an independent record label that comes from a management perspective, specializing in artist development. Our A&R prioritizes music and artists over data. I am so happy to partner with an independent company whose values, philosophies, strategies, and resourcefulness mirror our own. Together we will be an even great resource for independent artists. Our first goal has always been and will always be to allow artists to be artists, supported by a passionate and creative team where the artist always comes first.”

Added Exceleration partner Amy Dietz: “Jonny and the +1 team have built a vibrant and impactful label by focusing on artist development and being agile and innovative. From my first meeting with Jonny it was clear his passion, vision and artist first ethos, completely aligned with our mission at Exceleration Music. I know that by combining the talented +1 team, with the expertise and resources of the growing and talented Exceleration team, we will together take +1 and its artists into a bright future. I am genuinely thrilled to have Jonny and +1 as part of the Exceleration family.”

+ Empire Publishing has entered a new joint venture with Surf Club, a group of young artists, producers and writers put together by artist and producer Hit-Boy. They simultaneously announced their first signees: Gary “G Dav” Davis, Jesse “Dr. Blum” Blum and Randy “Bandz” Holmes.

G Dav has contributed to several prominent hip-hop projects including Nas’ “King’s Disease,” which earned him a 2021 Grammy Award for best rap album; Dr. Blum was a touring member of Twenty One Pilots, and has credits ranging from Big Sean to Rage Against the Machine; Bandz, known for his signature West Coast sound, has worked with YG, OhGheesy, Kamaiyah, and more.

Empire Publishing A&R, Brett Sweeney, secured the deal, while the publishing arm’s directors of business affairs, Benedict Paz and Sarah Beth Gerlecz, negotiated and finalized the partnership.

“Empire has long been in the business of pushing the culture forward on a global scale, enabling recording artists to excel independently with its distribution and label services,” said Paz. “This partnership with a talent like Hit-Boy and the passionate individuals of the Surf Club team mirror that same ethos at Empire Publishing and we are excited for what this is set to accomplish in the music publishing space.”

+ Wasserman Music has announced the second iteration of its Entertainment Accelerator Experience.

The intensive music business education program will be hosted at Howard University in Washington, D.C. this year. The initiative is part of Wasserman’s partnership with Color of Change and their #ChangeMusic platform. The 10-week curriculum runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 24 and March 13 to April 17.

Between 30 and 60 Howard students will learn about management, talent buying, tour promotions, songwriting, publishing and other aspects of the music industry. This year’s roster of guest lecturers includes Ty Baisden, Lee Anderson, Callender, Tanisha Jones, Marcus Allen, Dutch and DJ Just Blaze.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

+ Rostrum Records has appointed Erika Montes as president to lead the company’s growth strategy and oversee frontline label operations. Working closely with artists, managers, and distribution and brand partners, Montes will report directly to Benjy Grinberg, while the founder moves into the new role of CEO.

“I’m so excited to welcome such a smart, passionate and creative executive like Erika to the Rostrum family,” said Grinberg. “Her incredible track record of identifying and supporting the careers of some of the most influential musicians aligns perfectly with Rostrum’s approach to developing long-term success for artists.”

Montes formerly led artist and label relations at SoundCloud where she helped introduce platform offerings including industry-leading programs, Fan-Powered Royalties and Premier monetization as the global VP. Before SoundCloud, she worked at Fuse Networks, LoveLive, and Island Def Jam, helping launch the careers of Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Fall Out Boy, Ne-Yo and more.

“I’m thrilled to join Rostrum Records and work alongside Benjy, a visionary full of passion for music and deep expertise in building and growing artist careers,” said Montes. “I look forward to combining our talents and continuing that tradition as I build out the next 20 years for Rostrum and our artists to solidify our role as the leading independent label.

+ Vector Management founders Ken Levitan and Jack Rovner have announced Jason Murray will be stepping in as the new president of the artist management company. He will be in charge of overseeing daily operations and new business.

The owner and co-founder of Black Box Music, Murray will be merging his company with Vector and has already signed country-blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett for management. Murray previously helped launch the career of rockers the Glorious Sons, and he shepherded the breakout of JJ Wilde, as well as singer-songwriter/producer Blanco Brown.

“I believe today, more so than ever before, artists need a management partner that fully understands all aspects of the music business,” said Murray in a statement. “Vector has been [with] that company for decades, and we will continue to build on that ethos as we look forward.”

Vector has a number of releases on the way including a Rick Rubin-produced album from Kesha and new music and an accompanying summer tour from Manchester Orchestra. Hank Williams Jr. will also be hitting the road and bluegrass musician Molly Tuttle has been nominated as best new artist at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

+ CAA has signed Mexican pop group RBD for represenation in all areas, worldwide.

Inspired by the hit telenovela “Rebelde,” RBD was one of the most successful Latin pop groups of all time until their official disbandment in 2009. CAA has also announced the band will be releasing new music in spring of 2023.

News of the signing follows the group’s recent “Soy Rebelde” tour annoucement, which will see the band — composed of Anahí, Dulce María, Maite Perroni, Christian Chávez, and Christopher Uckermann — hitting stadiums and arenas across the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil. The gloval trek will kick off at the Sun Bowl stadium in El Paso, Texas, located at the U.S./Mexico border, and will continue to stadiums in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as arenas like Madison Square Garden in New York, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Viejas Arena in San Diego.

+ Yonatan Watts has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Position Music via a joint venture with Tommy “TB Hits” Brown’s Champagne Therapy Music Group, Tyler Bacon, president and CEO of Position Music, and Brown have announced.

Brown has produced songs and worked alongside Arianna Grande, Black Eyed Peas, Travis Scott and Machine Gun Kelly, among others. He commented, “Yonatan and I have already created amazing songs together that are one-of-one. This next chapter will be the best one yet. Yonatan has the right team in place to build something special and I can’t wait to have our next number one together.”

Watts and Brown first collaborated on Grande’s “main thing” off of her Grammy-nominated album “Positions.” He has since gone on to co-produce records such as “Involved” by rapper Coi Leray and “In The City” by Chris Brown, from his 2022 album “Breezy,” which is nominated at the upcoming Grammys for best R&B album.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Ultra International Music Publishing has signed Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Zaytoven, whose catalog includes work for Future, Travis Scott, and Migos, to a co-publishing deal that will focus on the development of new music. The deal will additionally aim to build his ongoing collaborations with the company in Los Angeles, Atlanta and London.

UIMP has also fully acquired Zaytoven’s remaining co-published interest in his existing catalog alongside the writer’s share of the existing catalog, which consists of 560 songs written between 2005 and 2022, including Migos’ “Versace,” Travis Scott’s “3500,” Lil Wayne’s “Problems,” and 21 Savage’s “Famous,” among others.

He has also released collaborative projects with artists including, but not limited to, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Jack Harlow, and Usher, whose album “Raymond v. Raymond,” earned Zaytoven a Grammy Award in 2011 for his work as a co-producer. He most recently helped co-produce Quavo’s “Without You,” a tribute song dedicated to deceased Migos rapper Takeoff, alongside Mike Dean.

Patrick Moxey, founder & CEO of UIMP, said, “Zaytoven is an extraordinary talent. He is the Father of trap music and has been the driving force of much of how we define that genre. Gucci Mane, Migos, Future – he’s been right there with these artists from the beginning in 2004 right up to the present day. I’m proud to announce that after working with him since 2007 we continue to be focused on future success.”

+ TuneCore (owned by Believe) has tapped rapper Papoose as head of hip-hop for the company. He will report directly to Andreea Gleeson, CEO of TuneCore, and will lead the company’s artist ambassador program for hip-hop and rap, scouting rising talents on behalf of the music distribution service.

Papoose will also be in charge of overseeing artist education and career advice workshops, acting as a brand advisor for TuneCore’s new programs and innovative technology launches.

“For my whole career, everyone has known what I stand for: independence,” said Papoose. “For me, being in this position with TuneCore where I can directly contribute and help other self-releasing artists on the come-up is like magic. I understand what it’s like to be in the studio, to be on the road, to chase your dreams as an artist, and I’m excited to help up-and-coming artists make their dreams a reality.”

According to the news release, TuneCore and Papoose will aim to amplify the value of self-releasing artists through their new partnership, with the hopes of expanding “educational programs to benefit and inspire independent creators around the world.”

In addition to his new role with TuneCore, Papoose has also announced the release of his latest single, “Makin Plays (feat. Jim Jones and Jaquae)” out Feb. 10.

+ Whitney-Gayle Benta has joined JKBX, a new music-investment platform founded by Orchard co-founder and Warner Music chief innovation officer Scott Cohen, as its first chief music officer. Benta most recently served as the global head of artist & talent relations for Spotify.

Pronounced “Jukebox,” the company aims to create a new asset class by fractionalizing ownership of song royalties allowing fans to participate in the financial rewards of the music they consume. The platform, expected to launch in 2023, will bring to market billions of dollars of exclusively licensed catalog, making it the largest music rights platform in the world. JKBX will be the largest music royalties platform in the world that will create a new asset class that won’t disrupt the existing players. 

Benta previously held top posts at Facebook, Def Jam Recordings and in 2013 helped launch Diddy’s Revolt TV and Media network. In an earlier post at MTV News, she Jay-Z earn recognition from the United Nations for his efforts to bring clean water to underdeveloped areas of Africa.

+ Concord has hired Colton McGee for the position of senior VP of business and legal affairs for Concord Label Group. McGee will report to the executive VP of business and legal affairs, Gregg Goldman, and will work out of Concord’s Nashville headquarters.

In his new role, McGee will support Concord Label Group and Craft Recordings through new artist signings, acquisitions and management of historical rights. Before coming to Concord, McGee spent 13 years at BBR Music Group in Nashville and was a key player in the acquisition of BBR by BMG in 2017. From 2017 on, McGee handled business and legal affairs for both BBR Music Group and BMG.

“I am thrilled to welcome Colton to Concord,” said Goldman. “As Concord continues to expand, it is vital we have people who understand the complexities of acquisitions as well as have a deep appreciation for artists and a love for music. Colton exemplifies all of this.”

+ BMG has elevated JoJamie Hahr to the role of executive VP of recorded music, Nashville. Hahr will oversee daily operations at the branch, including BBR Label Group and its roster and imprints Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, and Wheelhouse Records. She will continue reporting to Jon Loba, president of BMG Nashville.

In 2020, JoJamie Hahr was promoted to senior VP of BBR Music Group, overseeing all artist project strategy, brand partnerships, strategic marketing, as well as digital and creative efforts for each of the BBR Music Group’s three aforementioned imprints.

The exec has been with BBR Music Group for eight years; previously serving as VP of promotion, and then VP of marketing, Hahr took the helm of the then-newly created marketing department at BBR Music Group, before being promoted to SVP of the label group. Prior to joining the BBR team, Hahr served as the national director of field promotion for the Valory Music Co., after being promoted from director of SE promotion and marketing. Her 20 years in the industry include stops at UMG, WSIX and WWKA.



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Katy Perry Reflects on ‘Huge’ Mistake of Passing on Opportunity to Work With Billie Eilish

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Katy Perry is looking back on some of her past musical regrets.

The 38-year-old American Idol judge revealed in a TikTok video posted by 102.7 KIIS FM on Friday (Jan. 27) that she had once passed on the opportunity to work with Billie Eilish ahead of her 2016 debut single “Ocean Eyes.”

During a Q&A portion of what appeared to be an intimate concert, Perry revealed that someone had “sent me an email one time that [said],’Hey, check out this new artist. I’d really like us to work with her, because she was working with me for Unsub [Records].”

The “Dark Horse” singer continued, “It was a song called ‘Ocean Eyes,’ and it was just a blonde girl. And I was like, ‘Meh, boring.’”

With her eyes widening, Perry admitted that passing on the chance to work with Eilish — who was not yet a household name — was a “huge mistake, big mistake.” She then playfully added, “Don’t let this hit the internet.”

Following the release of “Ocean Eyes,” Eilish went on to win seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar. She also has five top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including chart-topper “Bad Guy.” Eilish earned her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, in 2021.

Perry and Eilish have since become friends, as shown in Eilish’s Apple TV+ documentary The World’s a Little Blurry. At one point in the film, Perry pulls Eilish aside before the singer’s 2019 Coachella performance and tells her she can call if she ever needs any help understanding the bizarre world of pop stardom.

Watch Perry reveal her “big mistake” of not working with Eilish in the TikTok video below.



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Grammys 2023: The Ultimate Party Guide

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With the 2023 Grammy Awards a little more than a week away, invitations for the hottest pre- and post-Grammy parties and events have already begun to circulate around Los Angeles ahead of the big show at the Crypto.com Arena on Feb. 5.

From the annual, and coveted, Clive Davis soiree on Saturday night to Spotify’s annual best new artist showcase, the L.A. edition of Grammy Week, returning to the city in earnest for the first time since the pandemic, will have several celebratory stops for every genre. And with a show lineup that includes nominees Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras and Sam Smith, the 65th annual Grammy Awards are shaping up to be an exhilarating display of today’s expansive music landscape.

Until then, check out Variety’s list of festivities below (updating daily) and note that all parties are by-invitation-only unless otherwise specified.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

BMG Pre-Grammy Celebration
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Candela

Spotify Women in Entertainment
6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
Spago Beverly Hills

Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy Event
Honoring Terri Lyne Carrington and Judith Sherman Village Studios in West L.A
Village Studios

Primary Wave x Whitney Houston
Primary Wave will celebrate Whitney Houston’s 60th birthday year with an exhibit of photos, her dresses and a pop-up show with exclusive merch, plus Sony’s 360 Reality Audio Immersive Listening Lounge. The events, sponsored by Sony, M·A·C Cosmetics, Proflowers, and City National Bank, will take place across four days, between Feb. 1-4.
W Hotel Hollywood

Music on TikTok
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Bar Lis at Thompson Hotel

Nice Life Grammy Party
Celebrating Lizzo, Ricky Reed, The Marias
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Domino Records Grammy Party
Celebrating Arctic Monkeys, Wet Leg
8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

UTA/Black Music Action Coalition Ernie Barnes VIP Exhibit Preview
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
UTA Artist Space
Beverly Hills

A Tribute to the Nominees: A Pre-Grammy Celebration
Hosted by Teyana Taylor, with performances by Elle E.D. and Josh Moreland.
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway
Tickets are available here.

Manny Marroquin Grammy Celebration
Featuring a performance by Gaby Moreno
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
VERSE
North Hollywood

Thursday, Feb. 2

Downtown Music Grammy Brunch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Manhattan Magnolias Luncheon
12pm – 2pm
1 Hotel West Hollywood (Melrose Room)

We Are Moving the Needle Celebration
11 a.m.
Culina at Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

Grammys Party hosted by Milk & Honey, Reservoir, BMI and MBW
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ysabel

Generation Now/MNRK Music Group DJ Drama Listening Event
6pm – 10pm

Spotify Best New Artist Showcase
7 p.m.
Pacific Design Center

Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party 
7 p.m. – 12 a.m. 
Hollywood Athletic Club 

Black Music Collective, Recording Academy Honors
Honoring Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne and Epic Records Chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone
Hollywood Palladium

Primary Wave Showcases
Primary Wave will host two nights of artist showcases on Feb. 2 and 3. Georgia Ku, 8AE, Kareen Lomax, Tone Stith, Absolutely, Sevyn Streeter, Skylar Stecker and Baby Tate will play on Thursday night. Natalie Jane, Amber Riley, Kiana Ledé, Teddy Swims, Coco Jones and Michelle Williams will play on Friday.
W Hotel Hollywood

Friday, Feb. 3

ASCAP Grammy Garden Brunch
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Four Seasons Beverly Hills

25th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon, Honoring Peter Paterno
12 – 3 p.m.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Friends N Family Luncheon
12 p.m.
Wally’s Beverly Hills

A Toast to Slick Rick’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Hosted by MC Lyte
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Culina at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills

MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson
5 p.m.
L.A. Convention Center

EMPIRE Salutes the Grammys
Performance by Adam Blackstone
8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

UnitedMasters Celebration of Independence with Brent Faiyaz and Russ
9:30 p.m.
Hollywood Palladium

French Montana/Katastic Hosts a Grammy Soiree
11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Louisiana/Memphis Grammy Week Celebration
11 a.m.
MG Studio

Sir Lucian Grainge’s 2023 Universal Music Group Artist Showcase
12 p.m.
Milk Studios

Grey Goose x Grammys Sound Sessions Featuring Jazmine Sullivan
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Grammy Museum

Primary Wave 16th Annual Pre-Grammy Carpet & Party
7 p.m.
W Hotel Hollywood

The Recording Academy and Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala
7 p.m.
Beverly Hilton

Americanafest Pre-Grammy Salute to Lucinda Williams
Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Troubadour

Recording Academy Special Merit Award Ceremony
Honoring Bobby McFerrin, Nirvana, Ma Rainey, Nile Rodgers, Slick Rick “The Ruler,” the Supremes, and Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart, along with Henry Diltz, Ellis Marsalis and Jim Stewart, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and Dr. Andy Hildebrand
Wilshire Ebell Theatre

Gold Meets Golden
Benefiting Angel City Sports and hosted by Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Octavia Spencer, Billy Porter, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Coolidge and Steven Spielberg, among many others.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Virginia Robinson Gardens, Beverly Hills

More to come…

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