On the night before the Grammy Awards, Hollywood was brimming with energy. Los Angeles is the awards show capital of the world, but when the entire music industry descends on Tinseltown, you can always feel it. The music emanating from people’s car windows bumps a little louder, and it might be the one weekend a year when L.A. gives New York a run for its money in the fashion department. This year in particular, there’s a genuine sense of thrill and suspense in the air, with so much creativity to celebrate across so many categories. “We’re so fucking excited,” said Phoebe Bridgers, of her six nominations with Boygenius. “We’re just super hyped. It feels like we’ve already won, so we’re gonna party either way.”
Bridgers had pulled up to do just that at GQ’s Nominees Party at the Chateau Marmont. The night was presented by Grand Marnier and co-hosted by GQ global editorial director Will Welch and a crew of heavily-nominated stars: Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker of Boygenius; Killer Mike; and Jason Isbell. Between them, our hosts are up for a baker’s dozen of Grammys this year.
As the night got underway, their friends and collaborators ducked out of the rain into Bungalow 1. YG warmed up next to the fireplace while Katie Gavin of Muna caught up with her labelmate Bridgers, who shared her plan if Boygenius takes home a gold gramophone—or six—on Sunday night. “We haven’t discussed it yet, but I’m sure we’ll make out,” she said.
As for the news that the supergroup is going on hiatus, Bridgers confirmed that the party marked the start of their last hurrah—for now. “We put an end date on this project so that we could really go with it with full force, and we succeeded, and now it’s time,” she said. “But this couldn’t be a better sendoff. It’s really nice.”
Her bandmates were cautiously optimistic, if a little stressed about attending their first Grammy ceremony. “If we win something, there will be an element of embarrassment,” said Dacus, about going up against the likes of Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones. “For every award, we were listening to everyone else we’re up against, and it was like, Damn, I would be pissed if this person didn’t win. But I also like what we made.” Looking for advice, she asked artist and Vampire Weekend alum Rostam Batmanglij if he’d ever been to the Grammys. “Uh-huh,” he replied. “I’ve won one!”
For his part, Isbell wasn’t sweating his three nods this year, including for best Americana album. “I have four Grammys so far, and honestly, once you get one, and they can call you a ‘Grammy-award-winning artist,’ then you’re kinda good,” he said. Was the Nashville star, who recently made his big-screen debut in Killers of the Flower Moon, letting himself dream of approaching EGOT status? “The Tony,” he replied, “is a stretch. But I’ll do my best.”