Event Recap: Grammy Nominees at UMG and Variety ‘Music Is Universal’ Lounge [Photos]

Grammy Nominees

By Jack Barnes

Universal Music Group partnered with Variety and Citi to host Variety’s first-ever portrait studio celebrating Grammy weekend. The studio was held at the Music Is Universal Lounge at Ace Hotel, and Grammy nominees, celebrities and industry insiders stopped by throughout the day. Make Up For Ever provided touch ups on-site and Alpha Industries gifted bomber jackets.

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Aurora, Ari Lennox, Bea Miller, Billy Raffoul, Bishop Briggs, Bob Moses*, Brandy Clark*, Charli XCX, Daya*, DJ Michelle Pesce, Dorothy Martin, DRAM*, Fat Joe & Remy Ma*, Gallant*, Jean-Michel Jarre*, Kat Graham, KING*, Noah Cyrus, OK Go*, Paris Carney, Paris Strother, René Marie*, Sofia Carson and Tiwa Savage was in attendance.


Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s labels include A&M Records, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world.  The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings.  UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.


Variety remains the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 111 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded events and summits.


Citi offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to tickets to thousands of live events annually through Citi Private Pass, the bank’s entertainment access program. Last year alone, Citi worked with more than 1,400 artists ranging from preferred tickets and early access to concert tickets, to curated special events and VIP experiences.  Live performances featured artists ranging from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Coldplay, John Legend and Robert Plant. In addition, Citi partnered with Live Nation and Yahoo to present Yahoo Live, which offers fans live online concerts 365 days a year.

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