The two events took the place of the traditional pre-Grammy gala thrown by Davis and the Recording Academy that usually happens at the Beverly Hills Hilton the night before the Grammy Awards.
The first installment, held virtually Jan. 30, featured Davis in conversation with a number of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Sean Combs, Jamie Foxx and Gladys Knight, as well as a curated selection of Davis’s favorite live performances through the decades. “I’ve spent the past two months reviewing what I think are really unparalleled stellar performances from the greatest artists of all time,” Davis told Billboard a few days before the Jan. 30 event. “It’s jaw-dropping, even if you’ve seen a few of them before. It’s an electrifying experience.”
Celebrity attendees for the Jan. 30 event included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Stacey Abrams, Quincy Jones, Cameron Crowe, Carl Bernstein, Don Lemon and Katie Couric.
The second installment, which is now expected to be in May, will follow the same format. Among the artists Davis has said would take part in the event when it was slated for March 13 included Joni Mitchell, who attended the first event virtually.
The first event collected donations for MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s philanthropic arm, while the second party will benefit the Grammy Museum.
Regardless of when the event takes place, Davis told Billboard the goal of both galas was the same: “We are here to celebrate music and hopefully we raise a ton of money,” he says. “Our hearts are in the right place, the cause is great and the time is right.”