Meeting Venues of the Stars

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It's often said that there's no such thing as winter in Los Angeles, given the sunny skies and pleasant temperatures year round. In its place, Los Angeles has Awards Season. Every January and February, the city is abuzz with awards ceremonies honoring great achievements in film, television and music. Los Angeles is home to legendary galas like the Golden Globes, GRAMMY Awards and Academy Awards. Some of the city's finest meeting venues are closely tied to these iconic awards shows.

Golden Globe Awards

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The Golden Globe Awards are bestowed by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The 70th Annual Golden Globes took place on January 13th.

One of the Golden Globes' most popular pre-parties, attended by celebrities like Jack Black and Marion Cotillard, is held at the legendary Chateau Marmont. The hotel includes 63 rooms, cottages and bungalows, many of which have full kitchens, living rooms and private terraces. The hotel's lounge, Bar Marmont, is a hotspot for young Hollywood that can accommodate up to 150 guests.

GRAMMY Awards

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The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on February 10th at STAPLES Center in the L.A. LIVE district. The recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by The Recording Academy to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. This year's event will be hosted by LL Cool J with performances by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and the Black Keys.

Many of the attendees stay and attend events at the JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, which features exclusive and stylish event space adaptable for any meeting planner’s needs. The hotel offers convenient access to STAPLES Center, the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nokia Theatre (home of the Emmy Awards) and other exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment attractions. The hotel features over 100,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting and special event space, in addition to a lavish 8,000 square-foot, full-service spa, a rooftop pool, a vast array of casual and fine dining options, luxurious guest rooms and expansive suites. The JW Marriott has hosted soirees like the MTV Video Music Awards pre-party and American Music Awards announcement ceremony, with celebrity attendees including Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera.

Sharing a 54-story glass tower with the JW Marriott is The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, another awards season mainstay. The property is a popular location for awards show gifting suites, including the American Music Awards. The Ritz-Carlton also offers over 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including 40 distinctive meeting rooms and three ballrooms. From exclusive board meetings to product launches or corporate-wide celebrations, this five-star property offers luxury amenities and impeccable service. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites. The 3,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite is the hotel’s largest and boasts incredible northern and western views. On the 24th floor of the hotel, Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 features refined Asian fare from a dining area with floor to ceiling windows that provide a stunning view of the Los Angeles skyline.

The GRAMMY Awards live on year-round at the GRAMMY Museum, also located at L.A. LIVE. The museum's exhibits celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and -- of course -- the history of the GRAMMY Awards. The museum includes a variety of meeting and event spaces. The Target Terrace is a modern, 8,100 square-foot, outdoor mezzanine with breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles. For more intimate gatherings, the Clive Davis Theater is a state-of-the-art 200-seat venue. The Beach Boys, Arlo Guthrie and Snoop Dogg have all performed in the theater.

Academy Awards

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Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when a global audience of hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in cinema. This year’s Academy Awards presentation is taking place on February 24th. The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has been the permanent home of the ceremonies since 2002. The 180,000 square-foot venue seats up to 3,400 guests.

The official after-party of the Academy Awards, the Governors Ball, is held at the Hollywood & Highland Center. The after-party consistently draws a crowd of A-list award winners like Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman. The shopping, dining and entertainment center includes a 19,000 square-foot outdoor courtyard and a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces. The 25,000 square-foot Ray Dolby Ballroom, home to the Governors Ball, can host up to 2,400 guests. Other popular event locations at the center include Lucky Strike Lanes Hollywood, a chic bowling alley, and TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The Loews Hollywood Hotel, located in the Hollywood & Highland Center, is the official hotel of the Academy Awards. The Energy Star-certified hotel offers 65,000 square feet of meeting space, including a Grand Ballroom able to seat 2,000 guests, 11 breakout meeting rooms and exhibition space. The hotel includes more than 600 rooms and suites, many of which include stunning views of the Hollywood sign.

The first Academy Awards honored the best films of 1927 and 1928 and were presented on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Roosevelt features unique and historic venues for private parties, events, and meetings for groups from fifteen to fifteen hundred, including the iconic Blossom Room, where the first Academy Awards took place. The Hollywood Roosevelt features 25,000 square feet of versatile function space consisting of thirteen meeting and event rooms.

For More Information

Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
310.274.7777
http://www.beverlyhilton.com/

Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
323.656.1010
http://www.chateaumarmont.com

Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
323.308.6300
http://www.dolbytheatre.com

The GRAMMY Museum
800 W Olympic Blvd A245, Los Angeles
213.765.6800
http://www.grammymuseum.org

Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
323.817.0200
http://www.hollywoodandhighland.com

Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
323.466.7000
http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
213.765.8600
http://www.lalivemarriott.com

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles
323.856.1200
http://www.loewshotels.com/Hollywood-Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
213.743.8800
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LosAngeles/Default.htm