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Pols Party Down at GRAMMYs on the Hill

Performers from across the musical spectrum helped star-stuck lawmakers get loose Wednesday night, as the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill awards once again blew the socks off of straight-laced Washington.  

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The invite-only affair gave politicos the opportunity to mingle with chart-topping artists from every decade dating back to the 1960s, a who’s who of vocal talent that included singer Dionne Warwick, Tejano band Los Lonely Boys, the Hanson Brothers and Grammy winners Lady Antebellum. The musicians, in turn, tipped their hats to those on Capitol Hill who’ve proved to be real good listeners, handing out awards to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)
(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“There’s very few places in this country that they would actually honor members of Congress,” the California Republican quipped while on stage with songwriter Booker T. Jones and Lumineers frontman Wesley Schultz. McCarthy assured those packed into the cavernous Hamilton Live space that he would continue to fight for songwriter’s rights — even if it means reaching across the aisle.  

“Because there is a responsibility that we have. And when we get to that point, I will guarantee that Steny and I will work together,” McCarthy pledged, name-checking House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., who was also in attendance.  

Pelosi did a little name-dropping of her own, letting the crowd know that she’s no stranger the rock and roll lifestyle, To wit, the California Democrat mentioned spending one amazing night mingling with celebs — including wild child Miley Cyrus — at the home of legendary producer Clive Davis.  

“You name it, every person was there,” she said of her pre-GRAMMY Awards brush with fame.  

Then, in true Washington fashion, Pelosi brought everything full circle, singling out Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., for staying tuned into intellectual property concerns from his perch as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and touting Rep, Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., as “someone … who’d like to jump on stage and play the guitar himself.”  

At the end of the night, all the assembled lawmakers were invited by Lady Antebellum to do just that, accompanying the country trio for a rousing rendition of “Compass.”

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