Glitzy Grammy Gifts Worth $16,000
Britney Spears is about to get a pair of $1,900 diamond earrings, a Blackberry pager, an iPod MP3 player, a free two-night stay in the Ian Schrager hotel of her choice, and some Tic Tac mints. No, the gifts will not be from fiancé Justin Timberlake, reports the New York Post, but from the producers of the Feb. 27 Grammy ceremony, which is showering the show’s stars with a gift basket filled with items said to be worth $16,000. Each. Not that the guest list is exactly needy, the Post points out. Janet Jackson and ‘N Sync are also due to be recipients of such largesse, which will also reportedly include a one-year bi-coastal membership to Sports Club/L.A. (a $4,500 value as Monty Hall would have said on “Let’s Make a Deal”) and a personalized bust of themselves in either bronze or aluminum. Then, for good measure, deodorant. “We try to balance the over-the-top, ridiculous things with things they can use,” Lash Fary of Distinctive Assets, a company that assembles gift baskets for events, told the Post. Some performers will receive special attention, too, says Fary. This includes No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani, 32, who is preparing to marry Bush singer Gavin Rossdale. She will receive $5,000 in plates and glasses from Not Neutral.