Celebs Attend Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Celebration Honoring Jay Z!

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Cardi B was the belle of the ball as she posed with Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow at Clive Davis’ annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala!

The event honored hip-hip pioneer and mogul Jay-Z in New York City on Saturday. During his speech, Mr. Carter addressed past boycotts of the Grammys:

My introduction to the Grammys—aside from watching Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and all those guys and aspiring to do what they do—was in 1998 with the album called Vol. 2. You got that album? I was nominated for some awards, but there was another guy, DMX, and he had these two great albums the same year. He did like 900,000. Oh, only Kevin remembers this? [Laughs]. The same year he released those albums he wasn’t nominated for any awards, so I actually boycotted the Grammys. I didn’t come until 2004 when a beautiful young lady whom I love dearly had a solo album, and it was a breakout. So my first time was six years later for “Crazy in Love” and that album, and for Beyoncé. So then I realized that art is super subjective and everyone is doing their best. The Academy is human, like we are, and they’re voting on things that they like. And we can pretend that we don’t care, but we really do. We see the most incredible artists stand on that stage and we aspire to be that. So I was like, ‘I have to be here.’ We have to all get involved to push this thing further. No matter what happens at the Grammys, we know what it is. Bob Marley is going to be Bob Marley whether he is nominated for a Grammy or not. 2Pac is going to be 2Pac. Biggie is going to be Biggie. That is the truth. In this industry, for the things we uphold and we love and we treasure and we respect, we have to get involved. I stand up here on the shoulders of all the beautiful people who inspired me. So like all of the people that came before us, it is our duty to make sure that not only are we making the greatest art, we uphold and support each other and the things that are super real. So I’m super humbled and I’m super appreciative to The Academy and everybody here tonight. Thank you so much for this award. This shit is super heavy too, by the way!”

Check out flix from the celebration and red carpet below:

Singer/Actress Jennifer Hudson

Singer Rita Ora – YES!

Singer Camila Cabello

Actress Katie Holmes

Rapper Logic and girlfriend Jessica Andrea

Host Clive Davis

OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder

Actor Darren Criss 

Singer Zayn Malik 

Ivana Trump

TV personality and designer Kristin Cavallari 

Model Winnie Harlow

Singer Bebe Rexha

Music producer Diplo 

Former NBA star Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne Bosh

 Martha Stewart 

TV personality Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend

Singer Ne-Yo

CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King

Singer/Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. and wife Nicolette Robinson

TV personality Tamron Hall 

Singer/Actress Hailee Steinfeld

Singer Pink and husband Carey Hart

Singer Kacey Musgraves

Singer Anthony Hamilton

Singer Julia Michaels

CNN’s Don Lemon and boyfriend Tim Malone

Rapper Fabolous 

Singer Faith Evans 

Wyclef Jean and wife Claudette Jean

TV personality/Actress La La Anthony

Radio personality Angie Martinez

Producer Rodney Jerkins and wife Joy Enriquez 

 Cassie Ventura and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs

Owwwwwwwww!

Apple Music’s Larry Jackson and girlfriend Stephanie Shepherd

LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Locsofcolor

    Come on Ivanka with that plunging neckline..yes maam
    Look at Martha all dis-shelved
    Ne yo is gay.. I will wait
    Gayle needs a face and body lift
    Dam I didn’t now Don Lemon was openly gay, good for him. I thought he was unaware
    No maam MIZZZZ Evans
    Cas-SIE sis its time for you to start having some babies chile
    Sir you need a haircut