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

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

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend (left), and Pharrell (right). Photographs by Nick Wass.

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


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.