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The 58th Grammy Awards week was certainly one to remember for all of those in attendance for the event packed week long celebration. On Friday, February 12 the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers' (ASCAP) Grammy nominees, music executives, media, tastemakers and friends gathered at the swanky SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to kick off Grammy weekend with some fancy cocktails and, of course, music. Jazmine Sullivan, nominee for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album, captivated the crowd with soulful versions of her nominated song "Let It Burn" and "Stupid Girl," both from her nominated album 'Reality Show'.
ASCAP CEO Beth Matthews, President Paul Williams and other top ASCAP brass were on hand to greet ASCAP nominees including Lee Ann Womack (Best Country Song, "Chances Are"), James Fauntleroy (Album of the Year, To Pimp a Butterfly), Anna Wise (Album of the Year, To Pimp a Butterfly and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "These Walls"), Dave Bassett (Best Rock Song, "Ex's & Oh's"), Jake Gosling (Record of the Year, Thinking Out Loud), Morgan Heritage (Best Reggae Album, Strictly Roots) and ASCAP Board member Marcus Miller (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Afrodeezia). Other music royalty in attendance included Claudia Brant, Bridget Kelly, Victoria Monet, Mali Music, No ID, Orianthi, R. City and Richie Sambora. Sponsors included D'ussé, Cîroc and Tu Me Water.