“Look in any respect this black excellence.” That overheard comment by an invited visitor certainly summed up the nippiness but celebratory vibe at Roc Nation’s The Brunch on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The coveted Grammy Week soiree not solely boasted energy couple Beyonce and JAY-Z. It additionally drew others on the prime of their respective enterprise and artistic pursuits together with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, Janelle Monae, Miguel, Big Sean, Usher, Normani, Epic Records president Syl Rhone, Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown, Atlantic’s president of black music Michael Kyser, iHeart Media government vp of city/hip-hop programming technique Doc Wynter and actor/comic Kevin Hart.
Late-morning rain threatened to dampen the occasion ambiance as friends huddled beneath a white tent in a UCLA car parking zone whereas awaiting shuttles to an undisclosed location. As black vans wound their manner up the hills far above Sunset Boulevard, darkish clouds gave technique to shiny sunshine as friends disembarked in entrance of a personal residence whose lengthy entryway was bordered on both aspect by white draped curtains. Above have been hung small blue and yellow umbrellas whereas columns on both aspect of the doorway have been lined in yellow roses.
A protracted hallway -- with a wall lined in greenery and dotted with framed photographs of gatherings that includes JAY-Z and pals like Will Smith -- led into a big white tent with see-through plastic ceiling panels for the solar to shine by way of. Inside, wait employees bearing trays of champagne (Ace of Spades) and combined drinks made their manner among the many friends who have been requested to put on “brunch stylish cocktail apparel and fits.” Sofas and chairs in strong blue and white have been positioned in several seating areas all through the large tents whereas vibrantly hued flowers adorned all through. The blue and white motif even prolonged to the patterned fabric napkins on the meals stations providing beef with onion strips, broccolini, rolls and different fare.
One unforgettable second occurred when Diddy caught sight of music business veteran Clarence Avant, nicknamed the godfather of black music. Kneeling down earlier than Avant, Diddy grasped each of the older gentleman’s palms and commenced kissing each to laughter from Avant and different friends. Later that night, Avant obtained the 2019 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons award on the annual Pre-Grammy Gala introduced by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis. Past recipients of the respect embrace Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee and Antonio "L.A." Reid.
Among different celebs noticed at Roc Nation’s The Brunch, at the side of companions PUMA, American Express and Barclays Center: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Machine Gun Kelly, Grimes and Robin Thicke plus costume designer June Ambrose, actor Stephan James and Grey’s Anatomy co-stars Ellen Pompeo and Jesse Williams.