BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala was as white-hot as usual: A-Listers from Taylor Swift to Jamie Foxx were in the audience, and performances ranged from chart-topping singers to old school icons.
Davis even claimed his event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel would be “off the hook!” when he spoke onstage.
The gala, which serves as a pre-party for Sunday’s Grammy Awards, also featured performances by John Legend, Pharrell, Iggy Azalea, Johnny Mathis and Carole King. Attendees included Barry Manilow, Al Gore, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Jane Fonda, Nancy Pelosi, Melissa Rivers and Miley Cyrus.
Here are some of Saturday night’s highlights:
While Sam Smith opened Clive Davis’ gala with a memorable performance, the new artist took a backseat to veterans who shined bright.
Carole King earned a standing ovation when she performed “Beautiful” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” full of high energy and impressive vocals. She had one of the night’s top moments, and even jumped up and down in excitement at the end of her performance.
“Thank you so much,” she said. “Love you from the bottom of my heart.”
Surprise performer Johnny Mathis earned cheers as he entered the stage. The 79-year-old singer was soft when he sang “It’s Not for Me to Say,” ”Chances Are” and “Wonderful Wonderful” as women in the crowd turned into little girls.
The night closed with Barry Gibb — the only surviving member of the BeeGees — who sang “To Love Somebody” to loud cheers.