Love Notes

They partied all weekend and into the night to prepare and celebrate the Grammy Awards held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Of course, the Grammys didn’t begin and end on Sunday. On Friday night, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, James Brown, Carlos Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire, Macy Gray, Pink, Nikka Costa, India.Arie, Levine, and Randy Jackson jammed on stage a la Live Aid for the Tsunami Pea Pod Jam Session, benefiting UNICEF at Avalon. Cameron Diaz and Timberlake made out like crazy backstage before and after the show, while Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey arrived hand-in-hand to quell those pesky breakup rumors, and even swung by the after-party at Spider Club at 2 a.m. Wyclef Jean performed an hour-long, anti-Bush set at Heineken’s pre-Grammy bash the next night. “This isn’t any of that Britney Spears lip-sync shit,” he told the crowd.

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!”
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