By Laura Medina
Grammy Awards Week is a celebration of music. Basically, the lucky industry folks party down at numerous concerts, private performances, and parties leading up to the formal, televised award show itself. Some celebrated the culture that brings the music to the Grammys ("Only in Louisiana" Brunch feeds the 56th Grammy Awards with Music, Food, Heritage, & Love, http://luxurist.blogspot.com/2014/01/only-in-louisiana-brunch-feeds-56th.html) while others use it as the showcase for the best, the brightest, and the hottest that are pushing music forward...like Jason Derulo.
OK! Magazine Pre-Grammy Party was that showcase for Jason Derulo and other new stuff debuting on that stage.
For those smart enough to arrive early, the cavernous setting was roomy enough for an Herbal Essences Hair Salon/Lounge where people can get their tresses primped, using Herbal Essences' new Naked Line. The dry shampoo and spritzer were that was needed to refresh anyone's hairdo.
While those already inside took the time to get their tresses spruced up, this is when the stars arrived. This is when things are warming up...
Celebrity guests that showed for Jason's Pre-Grammy performance were Lance Bass, Nene Leakes, of course MC, Jordin Sparks, the man himself Jason Derulo, Jacob Busch with Adrienne Maloof and Joanna Krupa.
After an hour of being warmed up by Jason Derulo's dj, DJ Spider, the man himself finally appeared.
American Idol, Jordin Sparks introduced him as the emcee then...
the man of the night appeared with his backup dancers.
Boy, can that man step it. Yes, they flipped, spin and formed a human pyramid; and this lasted for an hour...
The Whole Planet Foundation's Pre-Grammy Benefit (which is not affiliated with the official Recording Academy) the previous night was a simmering boil to the red-hot parties getting closer to Sunday's Grammy Awards.
"Masters of Sex" Michael Sheen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sj4_MvPIWM
It wasn't lean on star wattage.
Usually events save the best for last, not in Whole Planet Foundation's case. The celebrities that did show up were nice as they were prompt and early. Gee, this scribe guess they really want to get into the concert early and enjoy the show.
Television's hottest actor from its television show was the very first person to arrive, "Masters of Sex" Dr. William Masters a.k.a. Michael Sheen. Believe it or not, he wasn't the main attraction. He was just somebody else's "Plus One," a guest.
As a Plus One, Michael just simply said he was really excited to be here and really looked forward to catching the Latin-themed concert, headlined by 2014 GRAMMY nominee La Santa Cecilia.
Tai Babilonia, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VveooQCs5nA
The legendary skater, Tai Babilonia, made a rare appearance for a good cause, since the Whole Planet Foundation Benefit was raising funds for microfinance programs in 58 countries, including the United States.
Honestly, looking at that night's line-up, for the likes of her, Tai doesn't recognize any of the names, calling herself "old school" but she is supportive of all young talent, including the current crop of Winter Olympians competing in Sochi, Russia pretty soon.
Ah, this year's Winter Olympians, those she knows very well.
In a motherly/Big Sister way, she expressed concern regarding their safety and security because they wants them to perform their best, so they can best represent their country without fear.
Greg Louganis, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvaVPrT5rsY
The last but not least, another Olympic legend showed up...Greg Louganis.
Oh, going to a Latin-themed Grammy party where he's gonna bust a move is old hat to him. He educated this scribe that he used to dance on American Bandstand back in the days.
As an handsome elder man, he, too like fellow Olympian Tai Babilonia, expressed concern about the athletes' safety and security as a gay-rights advocate. Voicing his concern, particularly for the gay Olympians, he is disturbed by the recent passing of anti-gay laws in Russia and the resulting actions coming from them.
Yes, the Grammy Awards Week was in full swing this recent week but people are looking forward to the Sochi Winter Olympics in a few weeks; and Hollywood is making room for them, delaying the Oscar to early March.
More on that later.