Grammy Nominees Celebrate at Annual ASCAP Reception
January 29, 2018
The Grammys were back in the New York groove this year, and ASCAP Grammy nominees, executives and friends gathered on Saturday, January 27 at the impossibly mod Top of the Standard to celebrate the biggest music event of the year. ASCAP member and globe trotting tastemaker DJ D-NICE was on tap spinning retro, soul and contemporary hits for the brunch proceedings, along with suave SVEDKA cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a gilded roster of guests. Drawing Booth captured digital portraits of the evening’s guests.
ASCAP executives Beth Matthews (CEO), Paul Williams (President and Chairman), John Titta (EVP of Membership) and Nicole George Middleton (SVP of Membership) presented each attending ASCAP nominee with an ASCAP Grammy nominee medallion, including soon-to-be 2018 Grammy winners Jeremy Reeves & Ray Charles McCullough II of The Stereotypes (nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; winners for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song) and Pablo Ziegler (winner for Best Latin Jazz Album); and nominees Ledisi Young (Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Album), Come From Away masterminds Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Best Musical Theater Album), Ben Glover (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song), JJ Hairston (Best Gospel Performance/Song) and more.
ASCAP also had many of its esteemed Board members in attendance, including hitmaker Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Kiss, Katy Perry); composer, producer and cutting-edge entrepreneur Joel Beckerman, Warner/Chappell CEO, Jon Platt and singer, songwriter, composer and music creator activist Michelle Lewis. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and David Cicilline (D-RI) also joined in for the festivities. Singer Brave Williams, singer-songwriter Sofi Green and fashion influencer Claire Sulmers were just a few of the other celebrities in attendance.
Click here for a full listing of ASCAP’s 263 nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.