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Nielsen to Host Pre-GRAMMY® Celebration Connecting Media, Brands and Entertainment

Party to Feature Live Performances by Bastille and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

New York, NY – Jan. 27, 2015 – Nielsen will host a pre-GRAMMY®. Awards celebration on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Los Angeles. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural pre-GRAMMY® celebration, Nielsen will spotlight the distinct connection between media, brands and entertainment by bringing together guests from each of these industries.

“Brands, retailers, and media companies have never been more aligned with entertainment, which creates a huge opportunity for these industries,” said Howard Appelbaum, President of Entertainment, Nielsen. “We’re thrilled to help our clients navigate this opportunity and look forward to toasting one of entertainment’s biggest nights with a remarkable array of guests and performers.”

U.K. band Bastille, nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will provide the evening’s live entertainment. Formed in London in 2010, Bastille—named for lead singer Dan Smith’s birthday—began as a solo project by Smith, who later decided to form a band. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and debuted at the top of the U.K. Albums Chart. Bastille was named British Breakthrough Act at the 2014 Brit Awards and has sold over 1.1 million albums (including digital and streaming equivalents) in the U.S. to-date.

The evening’s other entertainers are New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band travels worldwide fulfilling their philosophy to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Many of the band’s charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early 20th century including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong. Now moving into their seventh decade, PHJB broke new ground in 2013 with That’s It!, a record that will go down in history as their first album of entirely original material, which was produced by band leader Ben Jaffe and My Morning Jacket lead singer Jim James.

DJ Michelle Pesce will provide the night’s soundtrack. Pesce mixes the flavor of hip hop with rock, funk and pop while maintaining an old school vibe. From her weekly gig playing old-school hip hop at Los Angeles hotspot The Dime to rocking A-list crowds at events for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, multiple film festivals and the GRAMMY Awards Official After-Party, she has become a staple in the Hollywood event scene.

The full menu is provided by sbe Events and Catering and designed by Executive Chef Chris Crary of Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails.

Guests can tweet about their experience at the event with the hashtag #NielsenEntertainment.

About Nielsen

Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit

About sbe Events and Catering

sbe Events and Catering collaborates with a wide array of clients to create signature event experiences through our global collection of award-winning hotels, casinos, restaurants, nightlife and acclaimed catering offerings. sbe Events and Catering is where brand integration meets culinary innovation and premium mixology, where impeccable service meets curated décor and alluring entertainment. The events range from an intimate dinner for friends to a blockbuster movie premiere, with a team of experts in place to custom-tailor events. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktail is the newest addition to the sbe portfolio in Los Angeles.


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