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Clive Davis and Whitney Houston


2007 Grammy Awards

Awards season hit a high note as the Recording Academy celebrated one of music’s biggest nights. Join us as POWER goes behind the scenes to see how the hottest stars got ready for the Grammys.

Gifting Suite
InStyle Grammy Style Studio

Before taking to the Staples Center’s red carpet, the stars and their stylists headed to the iconic Ocean Way Recording studio in Hollywood for some primping, pampering and of course some major gifting.

Inside, guests including The Dixie Chicks, the Roots, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Ne-Yo, Danity Kane, and Nelly Furtado perused through rooms filled with luxury goods and treatments.

With Hypnotiq drinks and appetizers from Minx Restaurant & Lounge in hand, guests toured the styling room, which hosted an array of beautiful clothes and accessories sure to grace fashion’s Best Dressed lists. Vendors Vivienne Westwood, Jenny Packham London, Ben Sherman Tailored, Z Zegna, Giuseppe Zanotti, Tommy Hilfiger, Fendi sunglasses, Christopher Designs, Ted Baker London, Moods of Norway, Kyri London, L.A.M.B., Ari Soffer, Camilla, Stetson Modern, U-Boat Watches, K-Swiss, FUNimation Entertainment anime t-shirts, St. Lenny and GRAMMY Brand™ participated.

Guests also made their way into the spa room. Bliss Spa offered relaxing oxygen facials while Urban Decay Cosmetics gave picture-perfect beauty makeovers. Hairstyling experts from Warren-Tricomi Salons / L'Oreal Professionnel were also on hand to complete guests’ looks as was Tweezerman, who were there to shape and groom eyebrows.


Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party
Music mogul Clive Davis hosted his legendary pre-Grammy party at the newly renovated Beverly Hilton Hotel. The J Records founder arrived at the fete with Waiting to Exhale star Whitney Houston, who took everyone’s breath away in a strapless beaded Roberto Cavalli gown. Inside the grand ballroom, American Idol vets Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood, as well as Pink, Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas performed to a star-filled audience, including Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Ciara, JC Chasez, Tyra Banks, Ashlee Simpson, JC Chasez, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and Janet Jackson.

MusiCares Benefit
Don Henley of The Eagles soared to great heights as the Grammy Foundation selected the music icon as the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year. The rocker drummer took it easy at the Los Angeles Convention Center while the stars serenaded him with a selection of songs. Among them were Grammy nominees The Dixie Chicks and John Mayer as well as Michael McDonald, Trisha Yearwood, Seal and Sam Moore. The fundraising gala raised $4 million for MusiCares, an organization that provides financial assistance to musicians in need.

Oprah Winfrey Pre-Grammy Party Honoring Mary J. Blige
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey threw a party in honor of friend and Grammy nominee Mary J. Blige at Boulevard Three. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Tom Cruise were some of the famous guests who attended.

Grammy Fashion
The Grammys are all about making a fashion statement. Who made theirs loud and clear? Check out the POWER Fashion Hit List:

  1. It wasn’t hard to hear Beyoncé’s statement. The “Listen” singer commanded the red carpet in a crystal-adorned champagne satin Giorgio Armani Privé.
  2. Golden Globe award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, who belted out an earth-shattering rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not” in Dreamgirls told us that simple and chic was the way to go. The Academy Award nominee sizzled in a fire engine red Roberto Cavalli.
  3. “La Tortura” (Spanish for torture) songstress Shakira tantalized our fashion senses with a strapless red Carolina Herrera accented with a scarlet-hued shimmery sash.
  4. “Beautiful” singer Christina Aguilera was all that and more in a light pink, form-fitting Ungaro.
  5. The Black Eyed Peas’ leading lady was Fergalicious in a short, silver Badgley Mischka.

The Grammy Ceremony
From the reunion of beloved British boy band The Police to the Dixie Chicks making nice finish first, the Grammys promised excitement and delivered. Congratulations to all of the winners:

Album of the Year:
Taking the Long Way – Dixie Chicks

Record of the Year:
Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks.

Song of the Year:
"Not Ready to Make Nice" – Dixie Chicks

New Artist:
Carrie Underwood

Female R&B Vocal Performance:
"Be Without You” –  Mary J. Blige

Pop Vocal Album:
ContinuumJohn Mayer

Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
"For Once in My Life” – Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder

Country Album:
Taking the Long Way – Dixie Chicks

Rap Album:
Release Therapy – Ludacris

Rock Album:
Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chili Peppers

R&B Album:
The Breakthrough – Mary J. Blige

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:
Rick Rubin

Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Duets: an American Classic – Tony Bennett

Female Pop Vocal Performance:
"Ain't No Other Man” – Christina Aguilera

Male Pop Vocal Performance:
"Waiting on the World to Change” – John Mayer

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal:
"My Humps” – Black Eyed Peas

Pop Instrumental Performance:
"Mornin'” – George Benson and Al Jarreau

Pop Instrumental Album:
FingerprintsPeter Frampton

Rock Instrumental Performance:
"The Wizard Turns On ...” – The Flaming Lips

Rock Song:
"Dani California” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Solo Rock Vocal Performance:
"Someday Baby” – Bob Dylan

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal:
"Dani California” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Hard Rock Performance:
"Woman” – Wolfmother

Metal Performance:
"Eyes of the Insane” – Slayer

Alternative Music Album:
St. Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley

Dance Recording:
"Sexy Back” – Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

Electronic/Dance Album:
Confessions on a Dance Floor – Madonna

Rap Solo Performance:
"What You Know” – T.I.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group:
"Ridin” – Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone

Rap/Sung Collaboration:
"My Love” – Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.

Rap Song:
"Money Maker” – Christopher Bridges and Pharrell Williams (Ludacris featuring Pharrell)

Urban/Alternative Performance:
"Crazy” – Gnarls Barkley

Male R&B Vocal Performance:
"Heaven” – John Legend

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
"Family Affair," (Sly and the Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone with Van Hunt

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:
"God Bless the Child” – George Benson and Al Jarreau featuring Jill Scott

R&B Song:
"Be Without You," Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry (Mary J. Blige)

Contemporary R&B Album:
B'Day – Beyoncé

Traditional Blues Album:
Risin' With the BluesIke Turner

Contemporary Blues Album:
After the Rain – Irma Thomas

Female Country Vocal Performance:
"Jesus, Take the Wheel” – Carrie Underwood

Male Country Vocal Performance:
"The Reason Why” – Vince Gill

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal:
"Not Ready to Make Nice” – Dixie Chicks

Country Collaboration With Vocals:
"Who Says You Can't Go Home” – Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles

Country Instrumental Performance:
"Whiskey Before Breakfast” – Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson

Country Song:
"Jesus, Take the Wheel," Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson (Carrie Underwood)

Bluegrass Album:
Instrumentals – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

Contemporary Jazz Album:
The Hidden Land – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Jazz Instrumental Solo:
"Some Skunk Funk” – Michael Brecker

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group:
The Ultimate Adventure – Chick Corea

Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
Some Skunk Funk – Randy Brecker With Michael Brecker, Jim Beard, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Marcio

Jazz Vocal Album:
Turned to BlueNancy Wilson

Instrumental Composition:
"A Prayer for Peace," John Williams, composer (John Williams), from Munich Soundtrack

Instrumental Arrangement:
"Three Ghouls," Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea), from The Ultimate Adventure

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):
"For Once in My Life," Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder), from Duets: an American Classic

Gospel Performance:
"Victory” – Yolanda Adams

Gospel Song:
"Imagine Me," Kirk Franklin (Kirk Franklin)

Rock or Rap Gospel Album:
Turn Around – Jonny Lang

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
Wherever You Are – Third Day

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
Glory TrainRandy Travis

Traditional Gospel Album:
Alive in South AfricaIsrael and New Breed

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album:
Hero – Kirk Franklin

Short Form Music Video:
"Here It Goes Again” – OK Go

Long Form Music Video:
"Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen

Producer of the Year, Classical:
Elaine Martone

Classical Album:
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, Andreas Neubronner, producer (San Francisco Symphony)

Orchestral Performance:
"Mahler: Symphony No. 7," Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

Opera Recording:
Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears, Robert Spano, conductor, Kelley O'Connor and Dawn Upshaw; Valerie Gross and Sid McLauchlan, producers (Women of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Choral Performance:
"Part: Da Pacem," Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir).

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra):
"Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds)," John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Angelin Chang (Cleveland Chamber Symphony)

Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra):
"Chopin: Nocturnes” – Maurizio Pollini

Chamber Music Performance:
"Intimate Voices” – Emerson String Quartet

Small Ensemble Performance:
"Padilla: Sun of Justice” – Peter Rutenberg, conductor (Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella)

Classical Vocal Performance:
"Rilke Songs," Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Peter Serkin), track from Lieberson: Rilke Songs, The Six Realms, Horn Concerto

Classical Contemporary Composition:
"Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears," Osvaldo Golijov (Robert Spano)

Classical Crossover Album:
Simple Gifts, Bryn Terfel (London Voices; London Symphony Orchestra)

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
Walk the Line

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams, composer

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
"Our Town (From Cars)” – Randy Newman (James Taylor)

Musical Show Album:
Jersey Boys

Musical Album for Children:
Catch That Train – Dan Zanes and Friends

Comedy Album:
The Carnegie Hall Performance – Lewis Black

New Age Album:
Amarantine – Enya

Traditional Folk Album:
We Shall Overcome — the Seeger Sessions – Bruce Springsteen

Contemporary Folk/Americana Album:
Modern Times – Bob Dylan

Latin Pop Album (tie):
Adentro – Arjona
Limon Y Sal – Julieta Venegas

Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album:
Amar Es Combatir – Maná

Tropical Latin Album:
Directo Al Corazon – Gilberto Santa Rosa

Mexican/Mexican-American Album:
Historias De Mi Tierra – Pepe Aguilar

Tejano Album:
Sigue El Taconazo – Chente Barrera

Norteno Album:
Historias Que Contar – Los Tigres Del Norte

Banda Album:
Más Alla Del Sol – Joan Sebastian

Latin Jazz Album:
Simpático – The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project

Native American Music Album:
Dance With the Wind – Mary Youngblood

Hawaiian Music Album:
Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Live From Maui, Various Artists

Reggae Album:
Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley

Traditional World Music Album:
Blessed – Soweto Gospel Choir

Contemporary World Music Album:
Wonder Wheel – The Klezmatics

Polka Album:
Polka in Paradise – Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra

Spoken Word Album for Children:
Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates and Dogs – Bill Harley

Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling) (Tie):
Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis – Jimmy Carter
With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together – Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Recording Package:
10,000 Days – Adam Jones, art director (Tool)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
Stadium Arcadium, Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Matt Taylor, art directors (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Album Notes:
"If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It!" Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Fats Waller)

Historical Album:
Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922

Engineered Album, Classical:
Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes – Michael Bishop, engineer (Paavo Jarvi and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
At War With the Mystics  – The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann, engineers (The Flaming Lips)

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:
Talk (Thin White Duke Mix) – Jacques Lu Cont, remixer (Coldplay)

Surround Sound Album:
Morph the Cat – Darcy Proper, surround mastering


Sony BMG
The place to be for the Grammy award-winning crowd was the Sony BMG bash. Held at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, the party exuded a cool vibe. New Wave tunes played in the background as guests feasted on sushi, waffles with fresh fruit and meat kabobs. John Mayer was spotted toasting his win while John Legend congratulated fellow winner Carrie Underwood. Wyclef Jean, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson also attended.

People Magazine/Beyoncé Knowles
Mary J. Blige, Quincy Jones and Kelly Rowlands were some of the many stars who made the People Magazine and Beyoncé Knowles one of the hottest tickets in town. Blige showcased her hip hop moves on Eleven’s dance floor while Christina Aguilera and hubby Jordan Bratman struck up a conversation with bebe model Mischa Barton.

Boulevard 3 was a popular destination for Jody Watley, Natasha Bedingfield, and Mandy Moore. The stunning trio was spotted sampling the delicious beef skewers and sushi on display.

Universal Music Group
50 Cent, Paris Hilton, Beck, and The Police headed downtown for the Universal Music Group’s party.

Warner Music Group
Not too far away was the cathedral-turned-disco Warner Music Group’s party. Inside, a chorus serenaded the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Rock, Al Gore and Gnarls with renditions of songs by Warner artists.

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