There are tons of parties in LA throughout Oscar weekend. We usually only talk about the bigger events/parties, where there’s some kind of carpet and we have actual photos. But there are lots of events where photographers are not allowed. Madonna and Demi Moore have thrown an Oscar night party for many years, and no photos are ever allowed. I think Jay-Z must have heard about that and thought “man, that would be fun.” Page Six said, over the weekend, that Jay and Beyonce decided at the last minute to host an Oscar party at the Chateau Marmont because, according to one source, “Jay has always wanted to throw an Oscar party, and now feels like the right time.” After the Oscars, Page Six reported this:
Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first — and sources say annual — Oscar party was so top secret even some of the couple’s closest friends were kept in the dark.
“Close friends with Jay . . . didn’t even know if they were invited,” said an insider of the party kept under wraps in the Chateau Marmont’s garage where only about 200 were admitted. “They wanted to mind-f - - k everyone and keep everything mysterious and exclusive.” Another source told us, “It took some masterful maneuvers to pull this off, and they enjoyed it so much they want to make it annual, keeping it as much on the ‘DL’ as possible.”
The garage was turned into a casino-themed space. To keep the public guessing, “They went stealth. VVVIPs all went up a hill past the hotel and went into the kitchen to make their way down to the back entrance of the garage. No fotogs, no carpet.”
In preparation for the party, we hear, staffers were told not to refer to Jay-Z and Beyoncé by name but only as “the host and hostess.” A different source said inside “it was all of black Hollywood.” We hear there were “no performances . . . a lot of stars mingling and letting their hair down because they knew they were not under the microscope of prying eyes.”
While photographers were faked out by the secret entrance, one of the few stars snapped at the hotel for the hush-hush party was “Get Out” breakout star Daniel Kaluuya. Inside, we hear, were also Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Danai Gurira, Jamie Foxx and Drake.
Jay-Z and Beyonce’s privacy-obsession is a thing and it’s sort of annoying, right? I mean… it’s a party, not a social experiment. You don’t have to “mind f–k” your guests about whether or not they’re “on the list.” Imagine having to jump through those kinds of hoops – the secret entrance, the parking the car blocks away, the fact that you might not even be invited and could be turned away, all to… like, hang out in a garage and watch Jay smoke a cigar? And play blackjack? Blah.
Speaking of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s privacy obsession, you know how Tiffany Haddish was spilling some tea about meeting Beyonce and how she (Tiffany) wanted to fight someone, seemingly on Beyonce’s behalf? Many of you were like “oooh, this is not going to end well for Tiffany!” It did not end well for Tiffany! In the new DJ Khaled song “Top Off,” Beyonce sings “If they’re tryna party with the queen, they gon’ have to sign a nondisclosure.” It also sounds like Beyonce says “Tiffany” after that, and when they pointed that out to Tiff, she was SO HAPPY. She tweeted: “I Love Beyonce part! Everything she said rang so real to me. Just know I will sign A NDA any day For Beyoncé. But also know this I will fight for Beyoncé. I Love that woman she is a Gift from God.”
And finally, there’s a lot of speculation that Jay-Z and Beyonce will be touring together again this year, possibly starting this summer in Philadelphia. Probably. Their last tour together was crazy-profitable and they seem to enjoy being on the road together. But who knows? They’ll probably try to mind-f–k the people who want to see their concerts too.
Photos courtesy of Getty.