ASCAP Presented the 3rd Annual Grammy Brunch Sponsored by PEPSI. Taking place at the luxurious Sunset Tower Hotel Pool Terrace, the event was attended by celebrities and ASCAP’s closest members such as NE-YO, SHAGGY, KELLY PRICE, LEDISI, ROCSI DIAZ, PAUL EPWORTH, DEENA CARTER, DJ WHITESHADOW, MARCUS PAULK, ARI LEVINE and BRYAN MICHAEL COX amongst others.
This year’s ASCAP Grammy nominees include Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Beyonce, Andre 3000, Dr. Dre, Kelly Rowland, Fergie, Ledisi, KellyPrice & Stokley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Melanie Fiona, Raphael Saadiq, Betty Wright, The Roots, Damien Marley, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, Needlz & The Smeezingtons, Ari Levine, Manny Marroquin, Kuk Harrell, The Runners, Soundz, Chris “Tricky” Stewart, Willy Will, Noah “40” Shebib, Marcos Tovar, Jeff “Supa Jeff” Villanueva, Andrew Wuepper, Sterling Simms, Justin Smith, Charles Harmon, Carl M. Days Jr., Wirlie Morris, MahinWilson, El DeBarge, Malik Jones, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erike Hermansen, Jean Baptiste, Wesley Pentz, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Kirk Robinson, Harry Woods, Dustin William Brower, Isaac Brock, Danny Gallucci and Eric Judy amongstothers. The 3rd Annual ASCAP Grammy Brunch brings together songwriters, artists, industry executives and tastemakers to toast ASCAP’s nominees the day before the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.
Our reporter was on the red carpet and she spoke with Paul Epworth, Adele’s co-producer on “Rolling in the Deep.” He said, “I’ve worked in studios for 20 years. I’ve done live sound, I’ve done vocal coaching in the arts. I’ve sort of been a jack of all, master of none and I feel just lucky enough to be a part of Adele’s moment.”
The Source Magazine also caught up with Crystal Nicole, who wrote Rihanna’s smash “Only Girl (In the World).” This is what she had to say about penning the track: “I was in the studio with Stargate, and they were like we need something huge for Rihanna… and I was like ok, heres this chick.. she’s had all these hits..but what do most women want to feel.. and I feel like every woman wants to feel like their the only girl in the world.”
-Additional Reporting by Angeli Kakade