The vodka was flowing and the soulful sounds of Mary J. Blige emanated from the speakers at the (Belvedere) RED Pre-Grammy Party at Avalon in Hollywood on Thursday night. MJB shimmered in gold on the red carpet, posing with comedienne Chelsea Handler at the all-red affair, which benefitted the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Kelis, MC Lyte, Sheila E., and Paris Hilton were among the celebrity sightings.
While waiting for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to make her entrance, guests sipped on signature Belvedere cocktails including pink mojitos and St. Clements, while DJ Ruckus provided the soundtrack.
Around 11 p.m. Mary hit the stage in a black bodysuit and boots, taking fans on a musical journey with her My Life classics and newer fare such as “Family Affair” and “Just Fine,” as her husband/manager Kendu Isaacs and Tamar Braxton looked on.