ASCAP’s 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch attracts heavy hitters in entertainment

Seven-time Grammy Award nominee Kelly Price. (Credit: Eunice Moseley)

Seven-time Grammy Award nominee Kelly Price. (Credit: Eunice Moseley)

*“I have six of them, I’m so blessed, “said DJ Camper, music producer. “I have ‘R&B Song of the Year’ from Tamar Braxton…’Best Rap Album’ from Jay Z. Tamara Braxton has 3 or 4 of them…I also got Chrisette Michele.”

A stream of high-profile entertainers, producers and songwriters – that are members of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) – graced the red carpet arrivals for their 2014 Grammy Nominee Brunch held recently at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.

While there covering the red carpet arrivals I had a chance to talk to many of them such as music producer DJ Camper who garnered an astounding six nominations for projects he worked on for Jay Z, J Cole, Tamar Braxton, John Legend and Chrisette Michele. Some heavy hitters that stopped by the red carpet for photo opportunities included Jermaine Dupree, Sharon Osbourne and husband Ozzy Osbourne (and members of his group Black Sabbath – Geezer Butler and Toni Loomi).

ASCAP’s Grammy Nominee Brunch is a major event held the week of the Grammy Awards that supports and honors that year’s nominees.

“This year we received a nomination for ‘Best R&B Album’ for the original ‘R&B Divas’ cast from Atlanta,” said seven-time Grammy Award nominee Kelly Price about the 2014 nomination she was there on the red carpet representing. “All proceeds went to the Whitney Houston Performing Arts School…the entire case from the first season, plus me and Fantasia are on the album.”

Nominees and ASCAP members I had the chance to either interview or take pictures of included music producer/DJ Rebel, Country songwriter Deric Ruttan for Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” for “Best Country Song”; Goapele, Ne-yo, and movie director Sheldon Candis (LUV).

To learn more about ASCAP and how it can help you reach the next level as an artist, producer or songwriter log onto www.ASCAP.com.

Ne-yo’s 6th Annual Grammy Midnight Brunch gets a visit for Will Smith and Kevin Hart

Comedian/actor Kevin Hart at Ne-yo's Grammy Midnight Brunch. (credit: Eunice Moseley

Comedian/actor Kevin Hart at Ne-yo’s Grammy Midnight Brunch. (credit: Eunice Moseley

*Las Vegas native singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actor Ne-yo (Shaffer Smith) held his 6th Annual Grammy Midnight Brunch, honoring the Grammy Award nominees, attracted the support of many of the entertainment industry’s top-notch performances such as Will Smith and Kevin Hart. While there covering the red carpet arrivals I had a chance to interview or either take photographs of Hart, Ne-yo, Scottish group Downtown Drive (Compound Entertainment), actress/singer Antonique Smith (Notorious), singer and executive producer of “R&B Divas Los Angeles” Nicci Gilbert; singer/actor Quincy Brown (We The Party); Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men), Paris Hilton, Salaam Remi (Sony Music’s VP of A&R), Sevyn Streeter, Trina Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”), and Marsha Ambrosius.

“Young artists coming up you can do it for you now,” said Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry) whose song writing credits include Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies,” Angie Stone’s “My Man;” Kelis’ “Circus;” Alicia Keys’ “Go Ahead;” and Jazmine Sullivan’s “Music (All I Need).” “You have access to the Internet and social media…your own empire.”

Ne-yo is a three-time Grammy Award winner, as well as a two-time BET Award and MTV Video Music Award Japan winner. As an actor his credits – under his real name Shaffer Smith – include Red Tails, Save the Last Dance 2, Stomp the Yard, Battle: Los Angeles and “CSI: New York.” He contributed songs to the projects of Mary J. Blige, Christina Millian, Teedra Moses, Faith Evans and Musiq.

Ne-yo wrote Mario’s hit song “Let Me Love You,” which resulted in a contract with Def Jam records when Jay Z was head executive.

Ne-yo and Compound Entertainment’s 6th Annual Grammy Midnight Brunch was sponsored by Malibu Red. You can log onto www.NeyoTheGentleman.com or www.CompoundEnt.com for more information about Ne-yo and his artists.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business consultant and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: Baltimore “Uplifting Minds II” one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.UpliftingMinds2.com).