Pharrell and John Legend Appear at the Electronic Arts Inauguration After-Party

Guests packed the W Hotel’s rooftop lounge for late-night revelry.

By: Tanya Pai

Despite the bitterly cold winds and what was no doubt an exhausting weekend for many, guests flocked to P.O.V. at the W Hotel late Monday night for the Electronic Arts Learn.Build.Create event. Partygoers in tuxes and evening gowns snacked on mini pancake stacks and cones of French fries, hit the open bar, and snapped increasingly silly pictures at a photo station, which were projected onto a monitor above the doorway. In attendance was John Legend, who, perhaps tired from his weekend of appearing at every inauguration event in existence, opted to stay in a roped-off VIP area; a security guard posted by the entrance shook his head at us when we surreptitiously snapped a couple of photos. Dressed in a tux, Legend chatted with friends and canoodled with his fiancée, Chrissy Teigen; later he posted a picture on Instagram of the two of them at their next destination, the White House. Pharrell, wearing a white shirt buttoned all the way up, a gray cardigan, and a fedora, greeted Legend with a one-armed hug. At one point he grabbed a mike and addressed the crowd, making pro-Obama statements to cheers from the audience, then obligingly posed for pictures with fans. Malin Akerman showed up clad in a sequined gown that showed off both her baby bump and her rather large back tattoo. The party continued into the wee hours of the morning, likely ensuring long lines at Starbucks this morning.

Pharrell addressing the crowd.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.