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Grammys 2023: The Ultimate Party Guide



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 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.

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.
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.

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.

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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Lindsay Lohan, Lil Yachty, Jake Paul Among Celebrities Hit With SEC Charges for Touting Crypto



Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, Ne-Yo and rapper Lil Yachty are among the eight notable names who have been hit with Securities and Exchange Commission charges for violating securities laws in touting crypto currencies.

The SEC on Wednesday disclosed that charges were filed against eight celebrities in connection with the broader investigation of crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun and three of his companies: Tron Foundation Limited, BitTorrent Foundation Ltd., and Rainberry Inc., which marketed crypto asset securities under the brand names Tronix (TRX) and BitTorrent (BTT).

The eight boldface names were charged with “illegally touting TRX and/or BTT without disclosing that they were compensated for doing so and the amount of their compensation,” according to the SEC.

The list also includes rapper Soulja Boy, singers Austin Mahone and Akon and adult film star Kendra Lust. All but Mahone and Soulja Boy (aka DeAndre Cortez Way) have reached settlements with the SEC that involve “more than $400,000 in disgorgement, interest, and penalties to settle the charges, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings,” per the SEC.

“This case demonstrates again the high risk investors face when crypto asset securities are offered and sold without proper disclosure,” said SEC chair Gary Gensler. “As alleged, Sun and his companies not only targeted U.S. investors in their unregistered offers and sales, generating millions in illegal proceeds at the expense of investors, but they also coordinated wash trading on an unregistered trading platform to create the misleading appearance of active trading in TRX. Sun further induced investors to purchase TRX and BTT by orchestrating a promotional campaign in which he and his celebrity promoters hid the fact that the celebrities were paid for their tweets.”

The SEC complaint, filed in New York’s Southern District federal court, accuses Sun of instructing the eight celebrities to not disclose that they were being paid to tout TRX and BTT assets on social media platforms.

A representative for Lohan said the actor was unaware of any disclosure obligations.

“Lindsay was contacted in March 2022 and was unaware of the disclosure requirement. She agreed to pay a fine to resolve the matter,” said spokeswoman Leslie Sloane.

Sun is accused of taking numerous steps to manipulate the market for those currencies through “wash trading,” which is explained by the SEC as a process that “involves the simultaneous or near-simultaneous purchase and sale of a security to make it appear actively traded without an actual change in beneficial ownership.” From April 2018 to February 2019, Sun engaged “allegedly directed his employees to engage in more than 600,000 wash trades of TRX between two crypto asset trading platform accounts he controlled,” according to the SEC. Sun also generated $31 million in proceeds through secondary market sales of illegal and unregistered sales of the token, per the SEC.

“While we’re neutral about the technologies at issue, we’re anything but neutral when it comes to investor protection,” said Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “As alleged in the complaint, Sun and others used an age-old playbook to mislead and harm investors by first offering securities without complying with registration and disclosure requirements and then manipulating the market for those very securities. At the same time, Sun paid celebrities with millions of social media followers to tout the unregistered offerings, while specifically directing that they not disclose their compensation. This is the very conduct that the federal securities laws were designed to protect against regardless of the labels Sun and others used.”

(Pictured: Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul and Lil Yachty)

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Offset Previews New Song With Posthumous Takeoff Verse



Migos fans should be pleased to know that Offset has a new record with Icewear Vezzo and his late bandmate/cousin Takeoff potentially on the way.

Earlier this week, Set teased the trunk-rattling track on his Instagram Stories, which drew elation from fans on social media. The 56-second snippet finds Vezzo and Takeoff exchanging bars before Offset bursts through the song with fiery lines of his own.

The path to Set’s sophomore album has been arduous. Last August, he sued his former label Quality Control to reclaim ownership of his solo material. Then, in November, he lost his cousin Takeoff, who was shot and killed in Houston, further delaying the album. He was also involved in a fistful of skirmishes, including a verbal spat online with J. Prince and allegedly feuding with his Migos bandmate Quavo at this year’s Grammy Awards. 

Musically, Offset has released several one-off singles to keep fans intrigued. Last August, he released “5 4 3 2 1” before following up with “CODE” featuring MoneyBagg Yo. Offset’s 2019 debut album Father of 4 netted a top-five entry on the Billboard 200 with 89,000 album-equivalent units. The offering also spawned his triple-platinum single “Clout” featuring his wife, Cardi B.

On the posthumous side, this is the latest offering from Takeoff after fans first heard The Last Rocket MC on Metro Boomin’s Heroes and Villians standout “Feel the Fiyaaaah” featuring him and A$AP Rocky.

Listen to the snippet featuring Offset, Takeoff and Vezzo below. 

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Hospitalized After Attack at Florida Gym



Tekashi 6ix9ine was hospitalized after being ambushed by a group of attackers in the bathroom of a gym in South Florida on Tuesday, Variety has confirmed.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, sustained injuries to his face and bruises, according to his attorney, Lance Lazzaro.

Lazzaro said the rapper was attacked in and outside the LA Fitness gym sauna by three or four men who beat him up, though he tried fighting back. “He had cuts to his face and bruises,” Lazzaro said. The attorney said that the perpetrators fled after employees heard the disturbance.

Police in South Florida were called, and Hernandez was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, according to Lazzaro. As of now, it is unclear if the rapper remains hospitalized.

Lazzaro told TMZ he plans to ensure Hernandez gets some protection, since he was released from federal prison in April 2020. Hernandez was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison in 2019 on nine charges, including racketeering, drug trafficking and firearm offenses in relation to his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods gang. Hernandez received a shortened prison sentence after he cooperated with federal officials to imprison his associates. He was released early due to COVID-19 concerns, after a judge called the rapper a “model prisoner.”

In a video leaked on Twitter, one of Hernandez’s assailants is heard saying, “Take a picture. I’m gonna be famous now.” Another video captured a bloodied Hernandez walking out of the gym.

According to several media reports, Hernandez was ejected from a Miami baseball stadium Friday for being intoxicated and disturbing fans.

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