Flew from Nairobi to San Fran, a touch down for repacking, and also picking up my red Carpet gown from my residence, to catch the Grammys 4 days later in LA. Lucky enough, yes VIP guest of Master Card (seem like we won a Grand price ticket, but I was a guest of KenSwitch/ MasterCard ! who also were sponsors of the Grammys!. We were representing Africa region), An amazing Limo pickup from airport by 2 men (both tall & good looking for that matter) one black and white already made me feel like a STAR in need of Security protection! They picked my JUST 2 piece luggage and asked if I am staying beyond the weekend, which got them a frowning"are you suggesting I have too much luggage?')" I continued " I tell you wise man, if you want to be on the good side of a women, do not bring up the issue of luggage". He then knew what he was up to, we had a great chat along the way til he dropped me at the Ritz downtown, next to Staples,where the Grammys were to take place. Continuous entourage of hospitality people took care of me at the welcome reception in the Club room to register and sip Champagne until I decide to go to my room.
|Live McCartney, imagine, I hate |
Concerts, this was exclusively
|All about the Beatles|
|The ladies dresses!|
|Yes Yes, Katy Perry across our table|
|Yes!, it is Richard Branson!|
|The Beatles Album in gift bag|
The next day, breakfast is always at leisure, then optional Red Carpet Jewelry Experience, and other Spa day, next day was a bit of business networking session on Priceless Cities with MC's executives.
|With Samuelsson's Wife|
Another pre-Grammy evening event at the Art collectors Michael, on famous Rodeo Drive with a private lecture from both owner & art collector Michael Schwartz,
|VVIPs: With CEO of MasterCard Ajay |
& Sr. Michel Schwartz to his left
Going to my room yes a PRICELESS experience! I found a gift
| Photo Opp w Great Grandson of Renoir |
@ Michael Gallerie
|Celebrity Chief Samuelsson|
|His autograph on our menu!|
|His Book & Renoir's placed |
in our room
The Next day was the Grammy's Optional Pre-GRAMMY "Res carpet" Styling" get hair and nails done all by the host, , and later on gathering at the MasterCard's exclusive Pre –Awards Private Reception, with MC red carpet photos etc.., look like a rehearsal for the real Grammy red Carpet pose. there were fabulous audience, music and cocktails and networking with the who is who and beyond. In our VVIP company was the CFO of GE and Wife, Daughter of Hyundai Korea and husband and Exec team of of MC itself to note a few. Every event we went to was a priceless moment, which has been the Campaign for MC in its promotion of "PricelessCities". and you thought I kept quite about dotafrica. No way. I had my "priceless.africa" and" mastercard.africa" campaign going at every opportunity I got!
|I almost got the dress of the evening Award!|
|gifts more gifts placed in my room|
|With Colleague Barry R. of Kenswitch|
|Walking abt The Grove in Hollywood|
4 coffee-g is certainly a tradition.
|Bye Bye Whitney.. xoxo|
On a sad note, the announcement of our beloved pop artist Whitney Huston passing away brought great sadness to all and the occasion and we all gave tribute to her at the Grammys.
BTW, the last day of the event, I am afraid I had suffered from depression with all the highs for the past 3 days!. specially opps when I have got to go back to work now. Stayed few more days in LA back to Grove for some shopping, Valentine dinner at Chayas and more dinner outings at Hollywood's Hatfield's! Cheers and thanks for reading! !!