The biggest party of GRAMMY Week 2020 recognized the industry luminary’s 30-year career in a room full of fellow biz icons, world-class artists and Diddy’s collaborators, family and friends Last week, the entire music industry and artist community gathered ahead of the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, Music’s Biggest Night, for what was music’s biggest pre-party. Held at the glamorous Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 25, the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala this year celebrated the 2020 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoree: the one and only Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The Pre-GRAMMY Gala, hosted by The Recording Academy and legendary executive Clive Davis, is one of music’s most celebrated and coveted industry events of the entire year. It’s no wonder, then, that the star-studded night welcomed some of the biggest artists, producers, creatives and luminaries across music, film, politics and art, as well as past GRAMMY winners and nominees. Across the glitzy ballroom where the event took place, stars packed out the audience and stage, with everyone from power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé to pop megastars Dua Lipa, Luis Fonsi and Lana Del Rey in the crowd.
Hiphop Sensations chance the rapper cardi b and Nas. Even upcoming artist such as P-kash, yellow wolf and gerianda made an appearance. After a rousing opening set from seven-time GRAMMY winner Beck, who immediately jolted the audience with a three-song run, which included his all-time ’90s classics “Loser” and “Where It’s At,” Harvey Mason, Jr., Chair Of The Board and Interim President/CEO of The Recording Academy, took to the stage to officially open the night.
“GRAMMY Week is the time of year when our music communities all come together to celebrate and embrace one another,” he said, “to reflect our accomplishments and acknowledge necessary areas of improvement as we forge ahead on a path to a more inclusive and inviting industry.”
“If you’ve attended this event before, then you’re already aware that tonight is one of those nights,” he continued, “one where history is created right here in this room. Looking around, I’m reminded at just how much of a unifier music really is. This room is the perfect example, with actors, writers, dancers, other creatives who’ve been inspired by the sounds, moments and memories created by some of the musicians here tonight, including our Industry Icon Award recipient, Sean Diddy Combs.”