Grammys weekend is a funny time of the year.

Artists don’t make music for the sole purpose of winning awards, and fans don’t listen for the accolades, but there’s a time and a place for celebrating the world’s most important musicians. As Ella Mai told me last week, “We don’t do it for the awards, so to speak, but the recognition from your peers and from such a prestigious organization is always amazing.”

With that in mind, I ended up in Los Angeles for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards this weekend. After a few consecutive Grammy weekends that were heavily affected by COVID (including last year’s Vegas experiment), this year felt like a full return to the days of old. The Grammys were back in LA, and everyone made up for lost time.

Like usual, it was impossible to attend all of the parties stretched out throughout the weekend, but I made it to a fair share. I’m bummed I didn’t have time to make it to the Black Music Collective’s celebration of Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, and Sylvia Rhone, the Clive Davis gala, and Steven Victor and Tod’s party with Pusha-T and The-Dream, but here’s a quick roundup of the events that I did make it out for. Needless to say, it was an extremely full weekend, and the drinks were flowing (thanks to the Grammys’ official spirits sponsor Grey Goose and their Passion Drop drinks). 

From a late night at French Montana’s house to a roller rink adventure with Usher and Floyd Mayweather, here are some highlights from my weekend in LA (in chronological order).