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The Grammy Glam gets the party started celebrating the empowerment of women in music and glamour
It’s official: The 2012 GRAMMY® week has been kicked off. But this year’s festivities weren’t only about music. Rather, “Grammy Glam” was a celebration of the intersection of music, glamour and fashion. It also was an acknowledgment of the power of women in those worlds.
The actual Grammy awards shows may be this Sunday but the My House night club in the heart of Hollywood was where it was at on Tuesday night. Formerly the Garden of Eden, located at La Brea and Hollywood, the club hosted this first-ever showcase for the Recording Academy, which partnered with CoverGirl, Olay and Venus in a setting that provided the beautiful people in attendance a place to see and be seen, to dress to impress.
Outside on the red carpet, celebrities from the worlds of music and television graced the red carpet.
Among those people were Meagan Tandy, Miss California 2007, who currently plays Lulu Pope in “Jane by Design,” which airs on Tuesdays on ABC Family. She’ll also soon be seen in a remake of “Piranha 3DD.”
Tandy was especially excited about the empowerment aspect of the kickoff event because she has an organization called Deeper than Diamonds, which is an initiative to inspire and empower women to be financially independent, realize their self-worth, set goals and help them recognize their skills and talents in order to leave their legacy and mark on the world.
Also in attendance was up-and-comer recording artist and major fashionista Niré AllDai, best known for her 2011 “Shut Up & Party” video; a dressed-down Jesse Williams from “Grey’s Anatomy”; actor Dejuan Turrentine (nephew of jazz sax great, Stanley Turrentine) and his sidekick Prince Syc; track star Carmelita Jeter; and hostesses for the evening, the Glam Squad.
Inside, the venue was lined with wall-to-wall knockout women in 5- to 6-inch heels and form-fitting, hip-hugging mini-dresses, and men, in natty, high-end leather jackets, some sporting stingy brims. There were beauty-themed rooms designed to spotlight models striking Vogue poses for photographer. There were models in wild costumes and hideous masks — and there was even a room set aside for a female contortionist!
The drinks were flowing and the sushi was rolling all night long. Female fans had the opportunity to showcase their spinning skills by entering the “GRAMMY Glam” room, and one lucky winner was spotlighted during hot new DJ duo The Jane Doze’s opening act.
It was all very hedonistic, to say the least. With DJs like Salt and Pepa’s Spinderella doing their DJ thing, it was also very easy to get lost in the sights, scenes and rhythms of the night.
Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, when asked how this whole thing had come together, replied: We were looking for something a little different … something we hadn’t done. We asked ourselves, what haven’t we showcased? We’ve thought about the intersection of beauty and fashion, and music, and thought what a fun way to kick off the week — by having people who look good, and feel good, and smell good, and sound good … so that’s basically what we got.
That, they did.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards airs this Sun., Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. PST on CBS. Kanye West leads all nominees.