Billboard Power 100 Party Draws The Weeknd, Zayn Malik, Industry Titans

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In what’s become a new Grammy tradition, Billboard’s Power 100 party served as an unofficial kick-off to the music industry’s busiest week of the year.

Held at power eatery Cecconi’s on Thursday, Feb. 9, the event honored the year’s most important and influential executives, awarding the top spot to Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek. Immediately behind, Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge and Live Nation chief Michael Rapino landed the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, with Apple’s Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine and Robert Kondrk sharing spot No. 4 and Columbia Records chairman and incoming Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer shooting up to No. 5.

Stringer was among the executives in attendance at the intimate, invite-only function, which also featured a slew of artists on hand to support those who’ve helped build dozens if not hundreds of careers. Among them: The Weeknd, Zayn Malik, Noah Cyrus, and DJ Khaled.

The partying paused for several moments as key honorees were recognized. The Clive Davis Award, given out the past three years, went to Epic Records chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who accepted the honor by cracking about his position on the list — No. 39 –…