Event Industry News: The Grammys — rain, LED dresses and talent, event tech and bar trends

The Grammys: Last night the ever-diverse Staples Center transformed from the Lakers’ home arena into the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony. The focus was equal parts awards, talent and technology. From Taylor Swift’s circus-themed opener (“We Are Never Ever, Ever Getting Back Together”) to Best New Artist fun.’s phenomenal performance of  “Carry On” (it rained on stage, people) to Carrie Underwood’s dress all the way to the Bob Marley tribute, this year’s show was an inspiring mixture of talented performances, flawless technology and well-deserved winners. A full list of winners and a re-cap of the night is available here. And let’s not forget the after parties

Social Media/Technology: Facebook will potentially allow users to purchase tickets to events on their site.  Flickr is back, apparently. Only time will tell if it’s the next Instagram or the next Myspace. BizBash introduced five new event technology tools ranging from speaker-to-listener interaction, on-the-go convenience and virtual seminar assistance.

New York Fashion Week: On the other side of the nation, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has so far been a success, despite the weather.

The 90s called and they’re thirsty: Mixology is the norm but who says “le art” of flair bartending should take a back seat to culinary cocktails? Flair bartending–flipping glasses and liquors in the air to create your drink–peaked in the 90s and is frowned upon in mixologist circles but who’s to say it needs to stay a thing of the past? There are whispers in the industry that the “F word” might be making a comeback.

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