While the move east for the Grammys was largely a success, as far as celebrity pull and parties were concerned, it seems the Los Angeles after-party circuit can definitely be crowned the victor. The usually starry Universal Music after party had a weaker pull this year than its West Coast iteration — perhaps Jay Z and Beyoncé had trouble finding a cab leaving MSG?
Now that the awards had been doled out, there was no longer a need to campaign; the majority of big names skipped the after-party red carpet entirely, choosing instead to mingle about on sofas upstairs in Spring Studios. By midnight, the only VIP guest to arrive was Sting, joined by Shaggy; the duo were attached at the hip throughout the weekend. Darren Criss was an early arrival, hamming it up for the cameras inside by the bar. Calvin Harris, given away by his height, worked his way around the room close to 1 a.m., posing for photos with Zedd and the occasional selfie-seeking fan.
Erykah Badu, who took over DJ duties as the night wore on, lounged with Dave Chappelle and Quincy Jones; Trevor Noah nodded along to the music as he circled the room; Eve glittered in a red