The 2000 Grammy Awards will everlastingly be known by the night Jennifer Lopez sneaked her way down celebrity main street in a heart-halting, low-diving, tropical-print green Versace dress. Yet, for Kenny Meiselas and spouse Beth Katz Meiselas, it was likewise the end of the week. Furthermore, then-couple Lopez and Sean “Diddy” Combs, otherwise known as Puff Daddy, played matchmaker to the pair.
It just so happens, all their individual clients were lodging at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. With an eye on having Meiselas effectively charm Katz and the Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy function on tap for that end of the week, Combs demanded to take his attorney looking for the ritzy occasion.
“He said to me, ‘Before your first date, if you want to go out with Beth Katz, you need to step up your game,’ ” Meiselas recalls with a laugh. “So he took me over to Rodeo Drive, and we went into Versace and he picked up two suits. Then we went across the street to Cartier and he made me try on 50 pairs of sunglasses. Puff said to me, ‘If you want to step it up, you need to buy 20 pairs.’ I said, ‘I’m going to buy two pairs.’”
As Katz recounts: “I felt really bad about missing the Clive thing. So I asked him to join me the following night for MusiCares. I had Pharrell [Williams] and Joni Mitchell and Diana Krall there. I remember coming to this party and there were thousands of people trying to get in. And Kenny came with me. And at one point, J. Lo turns to me and says, ‘See? He’s so cute! I knew you’d like him.’”