The party was only just getting hopping for many media types when President Obama called it a night just after 10 p.m. Monday night.
After the official Inaugural balls, TV personalities, singers and actors jumped over to the W Hotel for the Electronic Arts’ after-party. It was hosted by singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, a very-pregnant actress, Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
There was a coat check but guests were wise to skip it as the party transpired on the hotel’s rooftop, half inside, half out, where it was cold and really windy. Both Legend and Williams spent the majority of their time, however, tucked away in the cozy, roped-off VIP area inside.
Several notables passed through the small red carpet section just outside the party, including MC Hammer, who posed for photos with the recently married Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, along with his husband Patrick Abner. (Hammer and Roberts pictured above.)
The door leading from the red carpet allowed people in but not out. It was a logistic that led to an ironic moment for MSNBC’s Touré. After he entered, he tried exiting to the area containing the working press. Despite being a fairly well-known TV host, he was told to go around to a separate door. He did so peacefully.
The party boasted two open bars, a waffle-making station and a type of Sims game photo booth.
Notables: actress Rosario Dawson; MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and Craig Melvin; music producers will.i.am and Jermaine Dupri; President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist; and style critic Phillip Bloch.
More photographs…The bar.
John Legend chatting with Touré.