Rising artists across genres and cultures presented their musical offerings to an audience of music industry insiders and peers at Sir Lucian Grainge’s 2023 Artist Showcase on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 4).
The Universal Music Group CEO hosted hundreds in Hollywood on a near-perfect sunny day for refreshing cocktails, vegan delights, and stand-out performances.
Among the acts that took the stage was Doechii, the first woman rapper to sign to the label Top Dawg Entertainment where Kendrick Lamar released his most acclaimed works to date. Entering the intimate, dimly lit venue, the Florida musician invited the audience to stand up and fully engage with her distinct style and sound.
Performing “Persuasive” and “Crazy” the rising star delivered choreography during her entire high-energy set. Rapping the fast-paced lyrics, Doechii did not miss a beat.
Another memorable moment from the showcase came from Muni Long, who stood center-stage in a red, sequin gown with thigh-high slits. The R&B talent previewed new music from her upcoming album, her romantic ballad detailing a once-in-a-lifetime, “skin-to-skin” love.
Following the sneak peek, Muni Long performed a sultry rendition of her breakout hit “Hrs And Hrs” to the audience’s delight. The following day, during the 65th annual GRAMMY Awards, the 34-year-old songwriter was awarded her first golden trophy as a lead solo artist, taking home Best R&B Performance for the aforementioned chart-topper.
Additional performances throughout the afternoon came from the 2023 Grammy-recognized Best New Artist Samara Joy, and Best Rap Performance nominee Glorilla, as well as Shania Twain, Kim Petras and Sam Smith, Feid, Lauren Spencer-Smith, and Stephen Sanchez.
UMG and REVERB also announced the Universal Music Group x REVERB Amplifier Award, recognizing artists who reduce their environmental impact and support nonprofit causes. Billie Eilish was named as the award’s inaugural recipient. According to a press release, the Grammy Award-winning musician was selected for her trailblazing advocacy for sustainability and the environmental movement.
During Grainge’s showcase, UMG’s film and television divisions, Polygram Entertainment and Mercury Studios, also debuted upcoming documentaries about Donna Summer and Paul McCartney. Other notable attendees include Ice Spice, Jon Batiste, Queen Naija, and more.
Check out images from Sir Lucian Grainge’s 2023 Artist Showcase below.