But the official place to be Saturday is always Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy soiree at the Beverly Hills Hotel. When the host entered the Grand Ballroom, everyone turned to see who his date of honor was this year — “American Idol” Fantasia Barrino, glam in a Ghost dress. “I chose the long black dress to match my date tonight,” she said, never leaving his side until she got up to perform with Chaka Kahn.
Jamie Foxx performed a duet with Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys sang a number with Santana. Diana Ross didn’t take to the stage, but instead danced with all five of her kids at the table. “We haven’t done this in years,” daughter Tracee Ellis Ross said, adding that she planned to pinch her mother’s coveted gown after the party. “Honestly, I almost ripped it off her tonight,” she admitted.
“Everybody who you want an autograph from is here tonight,” said Foxx as he took a look around the room. “It’s so much fun to go in there and loosen them up. Hey, I don’t care about the 45 percent tax bracket, we can all have a good time!”