February 14, 2012

Stars Come Out for ASCAP’s 2012 Grammy Nominee Brunch

Paul Epworth

DJ White Shadow

Larry "S1" Griffin

Ivan Barias & Curt Chambers

The stars came out for ASCAP’s third annual Grammy Brunch on February 11th, 2012, honoring the ASCAP members nominated for 2012 Grammys. Grammy nominees mingled with the crème de la crème of the music industry at the upscale brunch, held at the historic Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by Pepsi.

Among the celebrity guests was Paul Epworth, who won an Album of the Year Grammy for co-producing Adele’s 21, and two more for co-writing and producing Record and Song of the Year winner “Rolling in the Deep.” As if three Grammys weren’t enough, Epworth also took home a fourth Grammy for Producer of the Year, for his work with Adele, Foster the People and Cee Lo Green.

Malik Yusef Jones stopped by the brunch to celebrate with his fellow ASCAP nominees. Jones won a Grammy on Sunday night for co-writing 2012’s Best Rap Song winner “All of the Lights.” The song was also nominated as Song of the Year.

Triple Grammy nominee Ledisi made the rounds at the brunch. Her stellar Pieces of Me album was nominated for Best R&B Album. She also earned Grammy nods for performing and co-writing (with ASCAP member Chuck Harmony, also in attendance) the album’s title track.

R&B singer/songwriter Kelly Price, whose song “Not My Daddy” (written with ASCAP member Stokley) earned her Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance nominations, and whose album Kelly was also nominated for Best R&B Album, walked the red carpet and mingled with the other guests in town for Grammy weekend.

Chicago-based producer Paul Blair (aka DJ White Shadow) graced the ASCAP Grammy Bunch with his distinctive haircut. Blair co-wrote and co-produced Lady Gaga’s Album of the Year-nominated Born This Way.

ASCAP’s country contingent was represented by Deana Carter, who co-wrote the Best Country Song nominee “You and Tequila.” Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter’s performance of the song also earned a Best Country Duo/Group Performance nomination.

Gungor earned a Best Contemporary Christian Music Album nomination for Ghosts Upon the Earth. The group’s core songwriting team of ASCAP members Michael and Lisa Gungor beamed while walking the red carpet at the ASCAP brunch.

ASCAP nominee Needlz was also in attendance. He got a Grammy nod as co-producer of the Album of the Year contender Doo-Wops & Hooligans, by Bruno Mars.

ASCAP superstars Ne-Yo and Shaggy came through the ASCAP brunch, as did hit songwriters Ivan Barias (producer of Ledisi’s Grammy-nominated Pieces of Me), Larry “S1” Griffin (co-producer of “Power” from Kanye West’s Grammy-winning My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and co-producer of Jay-Z and West’s Best Rap Album contender Watch the Throne), Priscilla Renea (a songwriter on Rihanna’s Album of the Year nominee Loud), Drumma Boy, Toby Gad, Rob Knox, Crystal Nicole and Da Internz. Actress and ASCAP singer-songwriter Antonique Smith (RENT, Notorious), BET’s Rocsi Diaz and Kelly G, The Voice’s Dez Duron, and ASCAP singer/songwriters John West and JoiStaRR stopped by to celebrate the Grammy nominees, as well. 

Click here for the entire list of ASCAP Grammy nominees.