Clive Davis Says Beyoncé and Jay-Z Will Attend Gala – The Hollywood Reporter – saimmalik

When one thinks of the music business’s greatest evening, it might be onerous to not additionally anticipate all of the glamorous occasions and events main as much as the Grammy Awards. And one particularly has develop into an annual custom for many years, making it the go-to spot for A-listers.

Music government Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy gala has been going down the evening earlier than the awards ceremony since 1976. And the white-hot occasion is known for its surprise performances and duets, star-studded visitor record, and as Davis places it, its “dazzling viewers.”

The Grammy-winning producer even admitted that the visitor “demand is the best it’s ever been,” which made turning individuals away much more troublesome this 12 months. Particularly since he famous this 12 months’s performances will function a mix of “nice all-time performers, nice new performers.”

Days earlier than the occasion on the Beverly Hilton Resort, music business and press insiders had been within the space for credentialing when an “active threat” from an unnamed individual occurred on the close by Waldorf Astoria. The Beverly Hills Police Division later mentioned officers had “detained a suspect and can stay on scene to research.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Davis talks about a few of his favourite previous “electrifying” performances on the annual occasion, the strain to make every gala higher than the final and he teases the star-studded visitor record.

Music government Jon Platt is being honored on the gala with the Grammy Salute To Trade Icons Awards, and he’s shut with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Does that imply we will anticipate them on Saturday? 

They are going to be there on Saturday, sure, they are going to be within the viewers.

Are there every other huge names you possibly can share that will likely be in attendance this 12 months? 

From the world of sports activities, Scottie Pippen and Martina Navratilova will likely be there. From politics, in fact, Nancy Pelosi will likely be there. There’ll be all the key gamers from Apple and Spotify and virtually each head of each main label in addition to stars who’ve by no means been there earlier than. And it’s actually thrilling! It truly is gonna be a stunning viewers.

On the subject of your annual gala, how troublesome is it to show down visitors? 

It’s troublesome as a result of with a view to prepare, with a view to accommodate a few of the newer main gamers that have gotten to be there on the earth of streaming and social media and movie and leisure, you clearly need to do some cuts. So whether or not it’s passing the baton or asking that the individual come and not using a plus one, we’ve needed to. [The] viewers’s finite quantity is 950 due to all of our manufacturing amenities. And you recognize, it’s painful to do this, however we now have to. 

Who’s probably the most well-known individual you’ve needed to flip down? 

I actually couldn’t politely reply to that. … [And] not a lot well-known individuals which are turned down, [but] there are people who have had a significant profession who might need been allowed to convey their wives and to say, “Look, we by no means would flip you down, however you possibly can’t have a plus one.”

Do you ever really feel any strain to make every occasion extra memorable than the final?

You at all times attempt to make it the most effective ever. And by holding that bar up there and that commonplace up there, in some way we do it as a result of yearly when it ends, all of them say, “My God, as nice because the historical past has been, it’s the most effective ever.” So figuring out that we’ve heard it time and time once more, that’s our commonplace to make it the most effective ever.

Trying again, what are a few of your most memorable performances and duets all through the years at previous events? 

I bear in mind the 12 months that I established the most effective new artist class [at my gala] — it was round 2001 — I bear in mind going to Alicia [Keys] and saying, “I bought excellent news and possibly unhealthy information.” I mentioned, “The excellent news is that I’m establishing the most effective new artist class this 12 months and also you had been gonna be in that spot, so I’m gonna ask you to carry out ‘Fallin’ at my Grammy occasion.” And he or she mentioned, “Properly, that’s nice. What’s conceivably the unhealthy information?” I mentioned, “Properly, the unhealthy information is, is that proper earlier than I introduce you — and I like a juxtaposition — I’m gonna maintain Gladys Knight on stage after she does ‘Neither Considered one of Us’ [with Angie Stone]. After which with Gladys being an all-time nice performer, I’m gonna ask her to remain up and sing ‘Midnight Practice to Georgia.’ In order that’s a basic, and the way compelling it’s if one of many biggest of all-time sings her basic [song] after which we’re gonna welcome you to the business as a model new artist as a contemporary new expertise, and I’m gonna ask you to do ‘Fallin’.” She mentioned, “You already know, I can solely do my finest.” [Alicia] had uncommon maturity even there at the start of her profession. And that was memorable as a result of each Gladys and Alicia had been spectacular.

After which after that 12 months and after Alicia received many Grammys and the album [Songs in A Minor] went multiplatinum, I bear in mind saying to her, “Alicia, what’s your subsequent dream?” And he or she mentioned, “You already know, my dream can be to sing at your Grammy occasion, a duet with Aretha Franklin.” She mentioned, “I might be blown away to do this.” And I bear in mind granting that dream and I bear in mind the nice duet that Alicia and Aretha did collectively at my Grammy occasion.

Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys on the 2003 pre-Grammy gala


How are you maintaining and ensuring your gala is the go-to occasion yearly as increasingly pre-Grammy occasions pop up?

I don’t have to verify. Yearly with out posting, it’s the occasion. It’s the distinctive occasion. It’s not a celebration simply to have cocktails and dinner. It’s a night to rejoice music with each all-time artists and new artists with riveting consideration solely.

It’s the thirtieth anniversary of while you received the album of the 12 months Grammy alongside Whitney Houston for The Bodyguard soundtrack. How does that really feel, and what do you bear in mind most about Whitney at the moment? 

What I bear in mind about Bodyguard — and it was poignantly described [at] final 12 months’s occasion by Kevin Costner who launched me — [was] that the movie, when it was accomplished as Whitney’s first movie, was despatched to me at Christmas time. I used to be in St. Barts. There was no music within the movie. You didn’t know why Whitney wanted a bodyguard, you didn’t really feel the chemistry between Whitney and the chance to interface with Kevin. And so I wrote an extended letter to Kevin and his director, Mick Jackson, and I mentioned you may anticipate this, however please perceive, I do know the world of movie. I used to be on the board of CBS once they bought into movie, I’m on the board of Columbia Footage. So I mentioned you’ve got to point out why Whitney wanted a bodyguard. You’ve bought to point out her stardom, and this movie is crying out for music and her alternative to point out why there’s nobody like her on the earth singing at present. And Kevin, as he described in introducing me final 12 months, purchased into that; he was not defensive. The opposite man went on the sidelines and between Kevin and David Foster and myself; we had been those that introduced “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Each Girl,” “I Will At all times Love You,” and many others. into the movie the place Whitney simply wrote so excessive in her performing life. And that basically has created the usual of the movie, you recognize, nonetheless being proven all around the world. It actually turned a basic movie. And my involvement, together with David Foster and Kevin’s, actually cemented a friendship that has develop into a lifelong one. And it was very poignant as a result of Kevin actually reminisced and informed the story final 12 months on the occasion. 

Kevin Costner and Clive Davis attend the 2023 pre-Grammy gala

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Pictures for The Recording Academy

Are you able to tease what attendees can anticipate from this 12 months’s shock performances? 

The opening performer [has] by no means performed the Grammys earlier than, [has] by no means performed my occasion earlier than, and I feel they’re gonna simply electrify the gang from the very first artist. After which we’re gonna have a model new artist, a model new Grammy nominee, observe the primary artist and it’s gonna be like that all through the evening. Simply nice music, nice all-time performers, nice new performers and an thrilling combination, which exhibits why music is such an exquisite profession for these of us who’re lucky to have had it.

So it feels like one other evening with jaw-dropping performances.

Properly, that’s what it’s been (Laughs). I bought my fingers crossed. Imagine me, I fear too. The entire thing, I don’t take something without any consideration, however I’m actually excited!

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