Megan Thee Stallion, Janelle Monáe, Paris Hilton and Lana Del Rey get glam in stunning ensembles to lead the stars at Clive Davis’ iconic Pre-GRAMMY Gala

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Megan Thee Stallion was joined by Janelle Monáe, Paris Hilton and Lana Del Rey in stealing the spotlight at Clive Davis’ Pre-GRAMMY Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The Hollywood heavyweights descended upon the Beverly Hilton hotel for the legendary party hosted by Davis, which has taken place every year since 1976 on the night before the annual Grammy Awards.

Rapper Megan, 28, dared to impress in a barely-there gown featuring cut-outs as actress Janelle showed off her sculpted figure in a flower-themed bra and skirt. 

Hotel heiress Paris, 42, looked like a golden goddess, while songwriter Lana kept it stunning in a chic black gown.

The invitation-only soiree also featured A-listers Serena Williams, Ice Spice, Paris Hilton, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Julia Garner and the members of Green Day.

Janelle Monae took over the pre_GRAMMY party

Paris Hilton was a vision at the pre-GRAMMY party

Lana Del Rey was a classic beauty at the pre-GRAMMY party

Megan Thee Stallion was joined by Janelle Monáe, Paris Hilton and Lana Del Rey in stealing the spotlight at Clive Davis’ Pre-GRAMMY Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night. 

The Hiss rapper, 28, dared to impress in a barely-there gold gown featuring cut-outs

The Hiss rapper, 28, dared to impress in a barely-there gold gown featuring cut-outs

Janelle looked every inch the glamorous movie star on the red carpet

Janelle looked every inch the glamorous movie star on the red carpet

Paris was dripping in elegance for the event

Paris was dripping in elegance for the event

Lana was giving Old Hollywood glamour vibes

Lana was giving Old Hollywood glamour vibes

The event has become a cultural icon and a crown jewel of the music industry’s most important weekend, with a star-studded guest list and stellar performances remembered.

Davis opened up about the legendary soiree during an interview with Variety on Thursday. 

‘We don’t discuss performances because the whole thing is a surprise. But in the audience will be [Motown founder] Berry Gordy and Diana Ross and Jay-Z and Beyonce and Bon Jovi, and newer artists will be there, like SZA, Ice Spice, Noah Kahan and [basketball great] Scottie Pippen and [tennis superstars] Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams.

‘I think it will be Nancy Pelosi’s 24th or 25th consecutive year. It’s a unique audience.’

He added: ‘We’re here for the party, so obviously, there’s so much on my mind right now. 

‘People are flying in from all over the world and we’re hoping to meet and perhaps exceed their expectations. That’s a big challenge. I take it seriously, and I’m excited.’

Sponsored by Hilton, IBM and Mastercard, the Pre-GRAMMY Gala will honor Sony Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jon Platt as the 2024 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons honoree. 

‘Jon Platt is one of the music industry’s most illustrious leaders and I am thrilled that he will be this year’s Salute to Industry Icons honoree,’ Davis said in a statement. 

Megan Thee Stallion looked like she didn't have a car in the world at the event

Megan Thee Stallion looked like she didn’t have a car in the world at the event

With her raven tresses slicked back to show off her natural beauty, Megan commanded attention,

She flashed her megawatt smile

With her raven tresses slicked back to show off her natural beauty, Megan commanded attention

The rapper blew a kiss to her adoring fans

The rapper blew a kiss to her adoring fans

Janelle rocked a matching choker

Janelle rocked a matching choker

Paris added a matching clutch to the mix

Paris added a matching clutch to the mix 

Lana added a simple necklace to her ensemble

Lana added a simple necklace to her ensemble 

‘Jon’s longtime trailblazing commitment to supporting songwriters across the music spectrum as well as his staunch dedication to advocacy, diversity and equality in the music business are exemplary,’ he continued.

‘Artists and the industry at large are fortunate to have his insight and passion at the helm.’ 

Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason jr. added in a statement: ‘One of the most influential figures in the industry, Jon has consistently set the bar for leadership in music.

‘His ongoing commitment to equity, his dedication to quality, and his advocacy for artists across all crafts and genres have been an inspiration to music leaders everywhere. We look forward to an incredible evening dedicated to honoring his incredible impact.’

Throughout Platt’s leadership, Sony Music Publishing has fortified its historical foundation while also paving the way for future success. 

This era has witnessed the establishment of groundbreaking collaborations with iconic songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Ashley Gorley.

Rocking a red-hued hairstyle to complement the ensemble, Dua Lipa posed like a pro at the legendary event

Rocking a red-hued hairstyle to complement the ensemble, Dua Lipa posed like a pro at the legendary event

 

Mariah Carey was a vision in her sparkling silver gown

Mariah Carey was a vision in her sparkling silver gown 

Sabrina Carpenter gave a leggy display in her couture

Sabrina Carpenter gave a leggy display in her couture

Serena Williams looked like the GOAT while taking over the red carpet

Serena Williams looked like the GOAT while taking over the red carpet

Andra Day sparkled in silver as she showed off her taut tummy

Keke Palmer was a vision in green

Andra Day sparkled in silver as she showed off her taut tummy as Keke Palmer was on fire in green

Chloe X Halle held hands to show off their sibling bond

Chloe X Halle held hands to show off their sibling bond

Kylie Minogue proved she's still got it in her daring number

Kylie Minogue proved she’s still got it in her daring number

Charli XCX dropped jaws in her bright blue gown

Charli XCX dropped jaws in her bright blue gown

Shania Twain looked like a golden cow girl

Shania Twain looked like a golden cow girl 

Simultaneously, the company has welcomed a new wave of musical prodigies into its fold, including Olivia Rodrigo, Jack Harlow, Latto, Anitta, Central Cee, Kane Brown, and the Kid LAROI. 

The bash arrives ahead of the 2024 Grammy Awards, which will be honoring music’s brightest stars in a celebration held at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles on February 4.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, this year’s celebration will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS and its streaming service Paramount+.

This year SZA tops the nominations with a total of nine nods, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song Of The Year. Taylor Swift follows close behind with six nominations, and will also be competing against SZA in the three aforementioned categories.

The majority of Swift’s nominations were for her acclaimed album Midnights and its single Anti-Hero, which earned some of the best reviews of her career.

Bebe Rexha was a knock-out on the red carpet

Bebe Rexha was a knock-out on the red carpet

Ice Spice gave a leggy display for the red carpet

Ice Spice gave a leggy display for the red carpet

Ellie Goulding took the plunge in her white jacket

Lana Del Rey looked like a classic beauty in her black gown as Ellie Goulding took the plunge in her white jacket

Avril Lavigne looked eveyr inch the pop punk princess

Avril Lavigne looked eveyr inch the pop punk princess

Reneé Rapp looked like a goddess,

Meg Donnelly sparkled in gold

Reneé Rapp looked like a goddess, Meg Donnelly sparkled in gold 

Paris Hilton and Carter Reum looked like the enjoyed a night off from parenting duties

Paris Hilton and Carter Reum looked like the enjoyed a night off from parenting duties

Lainey Wilson was a vision in white as she rocked a chic jumpsuit

Amanda Kloots rocked a black mini dress

Lainey Wilson was a vision in white as she rocked a chic jumpsuit, as Amanda Kloots rocked a black mini dress

Kat Graham was the moment in her monochromatic ensemble

Kat Graham was the moment in her monochromatic ensemble

Julia Garner and Mark Foster were the picture-perfect couple on the red carpet

Julia Garner and Mark Foster were the picture-perfect couple on the red carpet

That track is up for Record of the Year, a category that honors the artists who recorded the song and its producers and engineers, as well as for the Song of the Year category, which honors songwriters. SZA’s track Kill Bill has also been nominated in both categories.

Swift has already made history in the Album of the Year category, currently tied for three previous wins with music legends Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

However, she is now poised to become the first-ever person to win the category four times if Midnights ends up victorious this year.

Billie Eilish and Miley Cyrus are also both up for six awards. Eilish’s nominations include Song and Record of the Year for her hit single from the Barbie soundtrack, What Was I Made For?

Debbie Gibson was pretty in pink as she showed off her ageless beauty

Debbie Gibson was pretty in pink as she showed off her ageless beauty

Bella Harris was purple perfection

Tyla stunned in a barely-there outfit

Coi Leray rocked a sheer number

Bella Harris, Tyla and Coi Leray were absolute stunners at the star-studded soiree

Catherine Shepherd and Brandi Carlile held hands for the red carpet

 Catherine Shepherd and Brandi Carlile held hands for the red carpet

Cyrus has the chance to win her first ever Grammy this year with her nominations.

Her track Flowers is up for Record and Song of the Year, while her album Endless Summer Vacation has been nominated for Album of the Year.

Olivia Rodrigo is another major name in competition for a trophy.

Olivia – who has already won three Grammys – has been nominated for six awards this year, including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.

Other major nominees include jazz crossover artist Jon Batiste, the trio Boygenius (made up of Phoebe Bridges, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker), Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe and Victoria Monét, who was nominated for Best New Artist and multiple awards for her album Jaguar II and its singles.

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers of boygenius were quite the trio

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers of boygenius were quite the trio

Rocking a black and white number, Victoria Monet stole the spotlight

Rocking a black and white number, Victoria Monet stole the spotlight

Coco Jones looked like she stepped off the cover of a fashion magazine

Coco Jones looked like she stepped off the cover of a fashion magazine

Mariah Carey and Monica posed for the shutterbugs

Mariah Carey and Monica posed for the shutterbugs

Katharine McPhee and David Foster looked loved up for their red carpet entrance

Katharine McPhee and David Foster looked loved up for their red carpet entrance

Selena Gomez's boyfriend Benny Blanco made an entrance in a green suit

Machine Gun Kelly looked every inch the rock star

Selena Gomez’s boyfriend Benny Blanco made an entrance in a green suit, as Machine Gun Kelly looked every inch the rock star

The man of the hour, Clive Davis, threw up a peace sign

The man of the hour, Clive Davis, threw up a peace sign

Gladys Knight looked every inch the glamorous  icon

Diplo kept it business casual

Lenny Kravitz was a total rock star on the red carpet

Gladys Knight, Diplo and Lenny Kravitz commanded attention during the soiree

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO exuded charm on the red carpet

Jelly Roll and Bunnie XO exuded charm on the red carpet

Green Day was the moment on the red carpet

Green Day was the moment on the red carpet 

Tim Malone (L) and Don Lemon made quite the pair in their dapper suits

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen

Tim Malone (L) and Don Lemon made quite the pair in their dapper suits, as Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were all smiles

Jessica Betts (L) and Niecy Nash-Betts were the most adorable couple

Jessica Betts (L) and Niecy Nash-Betts were the most adorable couple

Mark Ronson kep tit classy in a suit

Jon Platt was honored with an award

Babyface cut a cool figure in a red suit

Mark Ronson, Jon Platt and Babyface were dapper gents

Troy Sivan was all fringe for the Clive Davis event

Troy Sivan was all fringe for the Clive Davis event

In addition to the big names celebrating career achievements, a host of celebrities are set to be presenting at the show.

Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Meryl Steep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson, and Oprah Winfrey have all been announced as presenters.

Audience members and viewers alike will also be treated to an array of incredible performances, with Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Luke Combs, Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, Travis Scott, and U2 slated to perform.

Folk music icon Joni Mitchell will also be performing for the first time ever at the Grammy awards this year. She too is up for an award for Best Folk Album Category for Joni Mitchel AT Newport [Live].

Gayle King sparkled in her black suit

Gayle King sparkled in her black suit 

Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi looked happy and healthy while stepping out for the big night

Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi looked happy and healthy while stepping out for the big night

Icon Dionne Warwick was pretty in pink

Icon Dionne Warwick was pretty in pink 

Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson looked like Hollywood royalty

Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson looked like Hollywood royalty

Van Jones was all smiles in his classic black tuxedo

JC Chasez opted for a navy suit

Van Jones was all smiles in his classic black tuxedo as JC Chasez kept it dapper in navy

Newscaster Ari Melber joined the ranks of the glitterati

Newscaster Ari Melber joined the ranks of the glitterati

Dove Cameron and Damiano David were a vibe

Dove Cameron and Damiano David were a vibe

The War and Treaty were absolutely stunning in their finery

The War and Treaty were absolutely stunning in their finery

George Clinton and Carlon Thompson Clinton showed off their unique fashion sense

George Clinton and Carlon Thompson Clinton showed off their unique fashion sense

Ne-Yo (R) and a guest looked fabulous in their gear

Ne-Yo (R) and a guest looked fabulous in their gear

Maluma rocked an animal skin coat over his maroon suit

Maluma rocked an animal skin coat over his maroon suit

Chuck D and Flavor Flav looked ready to have a good time

Chuck D and Flavor Flav looked ready to have a good time

Romeo and Monica turned heads as they took over the red carpet

Romeo and Monica turned heads as they took over the red carpet

Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynske were an adorable couple at the event

Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynske were an adorable couple at the event

Sammy Hagar and Kari Karte made a cute couple

Verdine White and Shelly Clark stole the spotlight

Sammy Hagar and Kari Karte made a cute couple while Verdine White and Shelly Clark stole the spotlight

Legendary songwriter Diane Warren kept it casual

Legendary songwriter Diane Warren kept it casual

Music icons Jackie Valli (L) and Frankie Valli looked chic in their black ensembles

Music icons Jackie Valli (L) and Frankie Valli looked chic in their black ensembles

Jessica Ledon and David Guetta showed off their pregnancy news

Josh Groban (L) and Natalie McQueen

Jessica Ledon and David Guetta showed off their pregnancy news as Josh Groban and Natalie McQueen were all smiles

Peso Pluma (L) and Nicki Nicole took over the red carpet in the couture numbers

Peso Pluma (L) and Nicki Nicole took over the red carpet in the couture numbers 

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova made a splash

Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova made a splash

Josh Flagg and Candy Spelling took over the red carpet with their fierce fashion

Josh Flagg and Candy Spelling took over the red carpet with their fierce fashion

Joan Collins looked fabulous in her feather-trimmed jacket

Joan Collins looked fabulous in her feather-trimmed jacket

Margaret Qualley and Sabrina Carpenter enjoyed the shindig

Margaret Qualley and Sabrina Carpenter enjoyed the shindig

Mark Ronson and Meryl Streep made quite the dinner party

Mark Ronson and Meryl Streep made quite the dinner party 

Chet Hanks, Rita Wilson, Desmond Child, and Tom Hanks posed together

Chet Hanks, Rita Wilson, Desmond Child, and Tom Hanks posed together

Grace Gummer and mom Meryl Streep share a moment

Grace Gummer and mom Meryl Streep share a moment

Flavor Flav and Jack Antonoff looked ready to record a duet

Flavor Flav and Jack Antonoff looked ready to record a duet

Victoria and Megan puckered up for a selfie

Victoria and Megan puckered up for a selfie

Peace and love for Benny Blanco and Jelly Roll

Peace and love for Benny Blanco and Jelly Roll

Chris Tucker (L) made a rare public appearance

Chris Tucker (L) made a rare public appearance 

Serena Williams speaks at the event in her stunning gown

Serena Williams speaks at the event in her stunning gown 

Stevie Wonder and Tomeeka Robyn Bracy were fashion icons at the event

Stevie Wonder and Tomeeka Robyn Bracy were fashion icons at the event

Tom Hanks made it a memorable night by giving a speech

Tom Hanks made it a memorable night by giving a speech

Machine Gun Kelly, Jon Bon Jovi and Stephanie Rose

Machine Gun Kelly, Jon Bon Jovi and Stephanie Rose

Clive Davis made sure to welcome his guests

Clive Davis made sure to welcome his guests

Michael Rubin and Robert Kraft were paling around

Michael Rubin and Robert Kraft were paling around

Ice Spice looked incredible as she took to the stage to perform

Ice Spice looked incredible as she took to the stage to perform

Lainey Wilson gave a rousing performance in her epic ensemble

Lainey Wilson gave a rousing performance in her epic ensemble

Megan showed off her fit physique in the dress

Megan showed off her fit physique in the dress

Flavor Flav and Sabrina Carpenter looked like old friends at the event

Flavor Flav and Sabrina Carpenter looked like old friends at the event

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