The countdown to the Grammys continued last night at Belvedere Vodka’s RED party at L.A.'s Club Avalon, where the company decided to break through the award-show media clutter by launching a new red bottle. Half the proceeds will be donated to RED, the charity launched in 2006 to eliminate HIV/AIDS.
If it feels good to give, then Usher was on cloud nine at the party. As part of Belvedere’s RED launch, the R&B star was named face of the campaign, and he performed to kick off the partnership. Fresh off sharing the stage with the Black Eyed Peas at the Super Bowl, Usher didn’t have to share the spotlight last night. All eyes were on him as he ran through an hour-long set of all his greatest hits. He electrified the crowd with singing, dancing, costume changes, and a full band.
Celebrites came out in droves to see the show. I spotted Estelle, Chelsea Handler (without 50), the legendary Quincy Jones (he’s over 80 and still gets his party on), American Idol’s Adam Lambert (with heavy eyeliner), Paris and Nicky Hilton (if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all), Jermaine Dupri, Mya (who left early due to not feeling well, but looked stunning—feel better, babe), and Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx.
Mr. Foxx is many things, including a good time. However, last night he got involved in a brawl at the party. I was looking down and saw the hoopla, but I couldn't see Jamie clearly. Radaronline reports that the actor was fighting with a former manager before leaving the event. “The fight spilled to the outside area, and I don’t think Usher even noticed because the place was so packed with people," a source told Radar. "When they got outside security intervened, and after some cops approached, both men seemed to make up with one another before they left."
But the party didn’t end because of a little scuffle. Once Usher finished performing, VIPs went to the lounge section of the club, where Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson spun records. Mark might be the only DJ I know that will play a Cash Money song and then follow that up with the Rolling Stones. It was so much fun. Indie pop star Beth Ditto performed in the middle of the dance floor while Usher held court in his section. He hoisted a bottle of Belvedere RED and danced the rest of the night away. It really does feel good to give back.
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