Jay-Z brushes off Sugababes, Saturdays and JLS to party with 3am By 3am's Clemmie Moodie and Danielle Lawler 18/02/2010
The Sugababes, the Saturdays and JLS were all desperate to party with hip-hop legend Jay-Z at the Brits after-show bash - but it was 3am who got on the right side of the velvet rope.
The superstar rapper invited us to join him on a spectacular seven-hour bender to toast his Brits triumph first at London's Chinawhite and then at the plush Merah club.
We gained access to Jay-Z's inner circle after we sidled up to his VIP table and busted some moves to a medley of his hits.
The music mogul immediately invited us to share his chips as he swigged on a bottle of his gold Armand de Brignac champers. Wagging his finger at us, he said: "You guys sure know how to party. Go on girls.
"I love being in London. I'm having the best time tonight. Let's hit the floor." Then he leapt on the sofas throwing his hands in the air as his personal DJ Manny Norte blended Frank Sinatra's New York with Jay's own Empire State Of Mind.
We then watched in horror as a war erupted between the Sugababes and ex-member Keisha Buchanan. It was the first time Keisha had been in the same room as the 'Babes since she was dumped from the band she helped create.
And the shock on her face was clear to see as her replacement Jade Ewen and former rival Amelle Berrabah stood at opposite sides of the room to her on sofas as they partied with JLS and the Saturdays.
It all kicked off after Jay Z, who is headlining the Wireless festival this summer, gave security the nod to let Keisha and Alexandra Burke through. And as they hit the dancefloor, you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife as the Sugababes, who Jay actually signed to his label Roc-A-Fella, were left out in the cold.
We were stunned when their rivalry turned into an all-out dance-off.
Keisha, Ne-Yo, Alexandra and Simon Webbe were on Jay's team and the Sugababes, Saturdays and JLS were on the another. Jay, 40, and the DJ cheered Keisha as she grooved to Missy Elliot.
In the end, JLS's table admitted defeat. Well the lads had already scooped two gongs so we're sure they were no hard feelings...