Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10 Feb: Duffy attends Gramy After Party last night

Details of this party are from here.

The decorations were modest and hors d'oeuvres resembled comfort food, but award winners still boozed it up in style at Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid's Grammy after-party, despite big no-shows Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Other parties around town following Sunday night's 51st annual Grammy Awards also held to recession-conscious standards, from a conspicuous lack of blingy decor to pared down eats and attire. Forget the days of Sony BMG's annual lavish Beverly Hills Hotel soiree, canceled this time around because of the economy.

At Reid's bash at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, first-time Grammy winner Duffy sat atop a simple beige sofa and sipped red wine and beamed while LCD screens around the room showed footage from the awards ceremony of her singing with Al Green.

"I feel fantastic," said Duffy, grinning about her win for best pop vocal album. "I wish I could bring the trophy with me. ... And I want to change out of this dress. I'm starving."

Guests feasted on meatballs, grilled cheese sandwich triangles and tuna tartare on slivers of toast, and downed martinis and bottles of Stella Artois while a DJ spun '80s R&B and hip-hop hits.

Only a select number of VIPs, including Duffy, fellow Grammy winner Estelle and actor Ryan Phillippe, had seats at the dinner in the back of the restaurant, which was protected from the rest of the party by beefy security guards and red velvet rope. White roses in glass vases decorated the tables.

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