“Look at all this black excellence.” That overheard remark by an invited guest indeed summed up the chill yet celebratory vibe at Roc Nation’s The Brunch on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The coveted Grammy Week soiree not only boasted power coupleBeyonce and Roc Nation founder JAY-Z (who wore a bespoke two-piece FRÈRE suit). It also drew others at the top of their respective business and creative pursuits including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nipsey Hussle, Meek Mill, Janelle Monae, Miguel, Big Sean, Usher,Normani, Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone, Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown, Atlantic’s president of black music Michael Kyser, iHeart Media executive vp of urban/hip-hop programming strategy Doc Wynter and actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
Late-morning rain threatened to dampen the party atmosphere as guests huddled under a white tent in a UCLA parking lot while awaiting shuttles to an undisclosed location. As black vans wound their way up the hills far above Sunset Boulevard, dark clouds gave way to bright sunshine as guests disembarked in front of a private residence whose long entryway was bordered on either side by white draped curtains. Above were hung small blue and yellow umbrellas while columns on either side of the doorway were covered in yellow roses.