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Stars Celebrate Tony Bennett's 90th Birthday at Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power of Love Gala

On Saturday, May 21, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 90th birthday of the legendary Tony Bennett at Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love® gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded event raised funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.

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Honoree Tony Bennett (L) and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Boyd Gaming Corporation & Keep Memory Alive Community Leadership Award Recipient Bill Boyd attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

Highlights from the night included a performance by honoree Tony Bennett and heartfelt tributes by Andra Day, Darius Rucker, Herbie Hancock, James Corden, Jordin Sparks, Steven Tyler and more. Day kicked off the show with her rendition of “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” while Corden performed his version of “Don’t Get Around Much More.” Later in the evening, Sparks teamed up with pianist Dan Orlando to perform a medley of hits including “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Alright OK You Win” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing.” Rucker treated guests to hit single “Sunny Side of The Street,” before Hancock took the stage to perform “Chameleon” and “Cantaloupe Island.” Tyler joined the elite ensemble to perform “Smile” with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and Aerosmith classic “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” The man of the evening, Bennett, performed numerous hits including “Watch What Happens” and “How Do You Keep The Music Playing.” To close the show, the entire cast sang Bennett “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a celebratory cake. In addition to musical icons, celebrity supporters who also attended the event included Quincy Jones, Brad Garrett, Steve Schirripa and Chaz Palminteri.

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Writer Michael Shulman attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Actress Eloise DeJoria (L) and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Co-Founder of Patron Tequila and Spirits John Paul DeJoria attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Artist Marina Abramovic (L) and screenwriter Petter Skavlan attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Fantasy Girls attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Monster CEO Noel Lee (L) and journalist Catherine Ho attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck (R) and designer Gelila Assefa attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Manager Danny Bennett (L) and Hadley Spanier attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
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Actor/comedian Brad Garrett attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Recording artist Dan Orlando attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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President/CEO of Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop (L) and artist Dale Chihuly attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Actor Steve Schirripa (L) and Laura Schirripa attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
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Actress Minnie Driver attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
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Recording artist Herbie Hancock attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Recording artist Darius Rucker attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Recording artist Nadeea attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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(L-R) Co-Founder and Chairman of Keep Memory Alive Larry Ruvo, honoree Tony Bennett, and recording artist Steven Tyler attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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TV personality James Corden attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Actor Chazz Palminteri attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Senior VP of Cirque du Soleil's Resident Shows Division, Jerry Nadal, (L) and Artistic Director of City Center at Cirque du Soleil, Gene Lubas, attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Entrepreneur Victor Drai (L) and model Yolanda Krupiarz attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Boyd Gaming Corporation & Keep Memory Alive Community Leadership Award Recipient Bill Boyd (L) and Judy Boyd attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Chef Mario Carbone attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer attends Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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(L-R) Amy Tunney, artist Peter Tunney, and model Chloe Gosselin attend Keep Memory Alive's 20th Annual Power Of Love Gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 21, 2016 in Las Vegas City.
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

Tony Bennett is also a gifted visual artist with three of his paintings in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. To acknowledge this aspect of Bennett's artistry, a variety of world-renowned painters, sculptors and other artists joined to celebrate and were recognized during a special presentation narrated by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Minnie Driver, which was accompanied by an original score from former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Artists honored included: President and Founder of Cultural Counsel Adam Abdalla; Golden Lion Award-winning artist Marina Abramović; American artist and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly; President and CEO of Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop Leslie Jackson Chihuly; American pop and conceptualism artist Jonathan Horowitz; Governor’s Award-winning artist and sculptor Jeff Koons; American post-conceptual artist Rob Pruitt; legendary New York artist Peter Tunney; and curator, creative director; screen writer Petter Skavlan; and writer Neville Wakefield.
 
Continuing its 20-year history, the Power of Love gala showcased a dinner prepared by superstar chefs Mario Carbone, Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck, who has participated in every gala since its inception. In addition to enjoying the finest cuisine, wine and spirits, guests bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during a live and silent auction. Items auctioned include a seven-day Italian vacation in Florence and Venice with world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli as a tour guide, an original piece titled “The GOOD LIFE” from artist Peter Tunney and a personal culinary tour of Jean‐Georges Vongerichten’s eight New York City restaurants.

 

One of a Kind Entertainment Experience “Topgolf” Opens Its Doors

Topgolf Las Vegas, located at 4627 Koval Lane, opened its doors to locals, tourists, golfers and non-golfers alike on Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m. Situated on eight acres just behind MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Topgolf is the only entertainment venue of its kind, boasting 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas, a concert venue, VIP suites, five bars, special event spaces, a comfort food-inspired menu with creative beverage offerings, a Callaway Fitting Studio, a Topgolf retail shop, and more. Spanning four levels and 105,000 square feet, the Topgolf flagship location in Las Vegas stands as the biggest Topgolf venue to date.

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“Topgolf is thrilled to bring a whole new kind of entertainment to the Las Vegas Strip,” said Topgolf CEO Ken May. “There truly is no other place like Topgolf in Las Vegas — or anywhere else for that matter. Our flagship venue is the product of nearly four years of hard work and reimagining what the Topgolf experience could be like. We can’t wait to welcome our fans and new guests from all over the world to play at Topgolf.”

At the heart of Topgolf, guests will find interactive golf games in the hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, featuring lounge-style seating and HDTVs. Golf games can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, tracking the accuracy and distance of players’ shots through Topgolf’s microchipped golf balls.
 
Each level at Topgolf Las Vegas boasts additional areas to play – from cornhole and shuffleboard to everything in between – as well as various seating areas to hang out, have a cocktail or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the multiple views around the Las Vegas valley and the famed Las Vegas Strip. A mobile Sports Book located in The Yard, the main hub of Topgolf Las Vegas, allows sports fans to place a bet while taking in all the action on one of the venue’s numerous oversized screens. The Yard also serves as home to Topgolf’s main entertainment venue showcasing both national acts and local. The Birdie Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience with a small stage perfect for acoustic performances, standup comedy and more.

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The venue is expected to serve upward of one million guests in its first year of operation and has already created more than 850 full- and part-time positions. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge.

Topgolf Las Vegas is located at 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas.

Other recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

Affinity Gaming presented 'A WINE TO REMEMBER' in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter on Saturday, May 14. Alex Prandecki emceed the event which raised more than $25,000 towards local programs, services, treatments and preventions for Alzheimer's and dementias. Held at Mike Tyson's former Las Vegas Residence, the Marroccofella Estate, the event featured a selection of fine wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres, exciting silent auction items and special appearances by professional boxers Zab Judah, five-time lightweight and welterweight champion, and Kevin Kelley, former WBC featherweight title holder.

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On Monday afternoon, May 16, House of Blues headliner CARLOS SANTANA and the team from House of Blues visited the Las Vegas Rescue Mission to serve the residents a soulful meal straight from the culinary team at House of Blues. Santana and team also  held a water drive and provided 8,400 bottles of water for the homeless community that Las Vegas Rescue Mission provides for each day. Additionally, the group donated more than 500 refillable pouches that the homeless can use to refill with water throughout the Vegas summer. Director of Program Services, John Fogal, took Santana on a tour through the Mission’s onsite dorms where they house around 120-150 residents that are working hard to get back to normal lives by getting help with addiction, education and job placement.

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Director of Program Services, John Fogal and Carlos Santana
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Santana made the visit before getting back to the stage at House of Blues where his residency continues with shows throughout May, September and November.

BURGER LOUNGE, an eco-conscious burger chain from Southern California, opened its first Las Vegas location at ARIA on Sunday, May 15. Adding an elevated, fast-casual concept to the resort’s culinary portfolio, the menu selections will offer non-GMO and sustainable ingredients including grass-fed beef, organic cheeses and house-made dressings. Vegetable-forward dishes including fresh salads and the popular Organic Quinoa Veggie Burger will make Burger Lounge the go-to spot for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Burger Lounge  located on the casino floor near ARIA’s Poker Room.

For the third year, COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTERS OF NEVADA and WET'N'WILD Las Vegas are partnering up to encourage guests of the water park to protect their skin with free sunscreen while enjoying Las Vegas’ summer weather. Upon entrance to Wet'n'Wild, visitors will be offered FREE SPF 30 sunscreen, a paraben-free, oxybenzone-free and waterproof blend. The broad-spectrum sunscreen fully protects skin against potentially harmful UV-A and UV-B rays, when applied and reapplied appropriately. The sunscreen kiosk and additional elements comprising the partnership were designed with all ages in mind and to urge park visitors to stay proactive with skin protection.

On Sunday, May 22, CCCN medical oncologist Karen Jacks, MD took part in Wet‘n’Wild’s summer storytime series, reading the story “George the Sun Safe Superstar” to park guests at 11:30 a.m.  inside the park’s Paradise Falls children’s area. The Children’s Story Time series will continue at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday beginning June 2 through the end of August, and will feature celebrity and local personalities as special readers.


On Friday morning, May 20,  THE ROGERS FOUNDATION -- which transforms lives through arts and education in Southern Nevada -- awarded $300,000 to four local programs after a competitive review process. The 2016 recipients were all visited by leaders of The Rogers Foundation and presented with checks to commemorate the occasion. Grant winners include: Future Smiles ($100,000), Springs Preserve ($100,000), Grant Sawyer Middle School ($38,500) and Desert Pines High School ($61,500).

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On Wednesday, May 25, THE NATIONAL ATOMIC MUSEUM (NATM) will host a panel discussion  "21st CENTURY GLOBAL NUCLEAR CHALLENGES" at the UNLV Science & Engineering Building Auditorium, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas.  The panel will feature Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Dr. Paul Kuckuck, and Dr. C.Paul Robinson, three former directors of the United States nuclear security laboratories, who will focus on issues ranging from the state of the North Korean nuclear program to current and future prospects for global nuclear disarmament. There will be a 5:30 PM Reception prior to the 7:00 PM presentation. The event is FREE for Museum Members & Non-Members.  The public is invited to join the NATM and UNLV for an exceptional evening with experts who bring in-depth knowledge, current experience and historic context to these vital national security issues. RSVP to Molly Marks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the REAL MMA EVENT scheduled for Friday, May 27 at Sam’s Town Live! inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall has been POSTPONED. The event will now take place Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday 29.

BEER PARK Paris Las Vegas will celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long with a MILITAIRY SPECIAL AND THE LAUNCH F ITS NEW EXTREME SAUSAGE EATING CONTEST from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30.

To honor the troops, BEER PARK will offer active-duty military and veterans 50 percent off their total bill with military I.D. Continuing the celebration, BEER PARK will launch its newest venture, an eating challenge in which challengers must eat a five pound sausage held in a pretzel bun in one hour or less. As every food challenge must make a grand entrance, the mega-sausage will be presented by servers riding tricycles and the competitor will wear an honorary cape during the challenge. Those who complete the undertaking will win complimentary Budweiser for the rest of the day and a shirt to prove they’ve completed the challenge. The challenge will be priced at $49.95 for those who do not complete it. DJ Casanova will spin popular hits throughout the holiday weekend while guests enjoy classic bar games such as oversized Jenga, darts and shuffleboard.

11-time Grammy nominee and BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient CHARLIE WILSON will perform live in concert on Saturday, May 28 at STAR OF THE DESERT ARENA IN PRIMM. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.11 and room packages including two concert tickets and a one-night stay at Buffalo Bills are available for $159.95 plus taxes and resort fees.

During the Memorial Day Weekend, CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB & ROOFTOP at Paris Las Vegas will host an all-American celebration with beats by DJ DRAMA  Saturday, May 28 and a party hosted by ESPN broadcaster, MARCELUS WILEY, AKA “DAT DUDE,” on Sunday, May 29.

THE SUMMER OF FUN KICKOFF FESTIVAL will be held in The Club at the Cannery on East Craig Road  Saturday, May 28, beginning at 4 pm.  The event includes a car show and live music by Rhe Kingsmen, The Box Tops. The Happenings and The Standells.  Admission is FREE.

By popular demand, Las Vegas showman TONY SACCA will make a return  engagement to the CasaBlanca Showroom inside th CasaBlanca Resort & Casino with a patriotic show “All-American Music: From Sea to Shining Sea” on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Mesquite, Nev., at 7:30 p.m. His special guest will be longtime Las Vegas performer Denise Clemente, along with the Sexy Saccettes and live orchestra conducted by Grammy Award winner Gary Anderson.Show tickets start at $15. VIP Booths or Tables start at $27.50.

International singing sensation MARTIN NIEVERA will return to the 2,300-seat M Pavilion on Saturday, June 11, for another spectacular performance. With his remarkable vocals and smooth stage presence, Nievera will thrill audiences with his selection of his greatest hits along and popular favorites. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $32, $38 and $46, plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at the M Resort Box Office.

LET'S HANG ON!,” one of the nation’s top FRANKIE VALLI TRIBUTE SHOWS, will bring the choreography and sounds of the Four Seasons to the Suncoast Showroom June 11 and 12. Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $22.00, plus tax and fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS CIRCUS XTREME  at Thomas & Mack Center from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19 for seven performances. Extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience.  The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with all ticket purchases. Meet the international cast of performers and get up close to our exotic animals. Try on custom costumes, and learn circus skills like juggling and walking the low wire from the famous Ringling Bros. ® Clown Alley.  Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME are available now at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, UNLVtickets outlets, Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. Adult tickets start at $20 (additional fees may apply).

“PIANO MEN: A  TRIBUTE TO ELTON JOHN AND BILLY JOEL” featuring Jeffrey Allen and Matthew Banks brings the hits of two musical legends back to the Suncoast Showroom June 18. This duo tribute show delivers a night of the two piano-playing rockers’ best-known songs, complete with their respective signature energy and authentic appearances.Showtime begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $19.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office.

Celebrity sightings:

Sunday, May 22...

It was star-studded night at the all new Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas following the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. After hosting the awards, Ciara headed to the restaurant where she had dinner with a group of friends. Fellow host Ludacris was also spotted enjoying a post-show meal at a separate table.

After her tribute performance to Prince at the award show, Madonna arrived to Beauty & Essex  with a group of 30 people, where they were joined by Ariana Grande and boyfriend Ricky Alvarez in the Jewelry Box Private Dining Room

After having dinner with a group of friends, Snapchat guru DJ Khaled headed into the private dining room to congratulate Madonna on a job well done.

Also in attendance was Kelly Rowland who dined with her new girl group from the show “Chasing Destiny”.

Wrapping up the evening at Beauty & Essex, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian along with Malika and Khadijah Haqq were seen enjoying a late night bite at the restaurant.

At LAVO Italian Restaurant in The Palazzo, Wiz Khalifa took over the private dining room where he celebrated his two Billboard Music Awards wins with his mother and a group of friends.

At TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian, Ty Dolla $ign was spotted having dinner with a group of friends and family.

Chart-topping celebrities took over the dazzling rooftop venue Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas for the “2016 Billboard Music Awards” official after party. Headlined by BBMA host and GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Ludacris and Drai’s LIVE resident 50 Cent, the all-night party featured surprise performances by some of the biggest names in music and appearances by celebrated pop culture stars.

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50 Cent Headlines Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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BBMA Host Ludacris Headlines Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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BTR Star James Maslow Attends the Official 2016 Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke Attends the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Floyd Mayweather Attends Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Ludacris Attends the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Malika Haqq, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

Meghan Trainor and Ryan Trainor Attend the Official 2016 Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas
Meghan Trainor and Ryan Trainor attend the Official 2016 Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Michael Blackson attends the Official 2016 Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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The Common Kings attend the Official 2016 Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Ty Dolla Sign Takes the Drais LIVE Stage for a Surprise Performance at the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Victo Drai, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Lil Fate at Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

Wiz Khalifa takes the Drais LIVE Stage for a Surprise Performance at the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas 5.22.16
Wiz Khalifa takes the Drais LIVE Stage for a Surprise Performance at the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign, Ludacris, and 50 Cent Perform at the Official Billboard Music Awards After Party at Drais Nightclub

The after party kicked off at 10 p.m. with red carpet appearances by GRAMMY-winner Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, Ludacris and others, leading into a fun-filled bash featuring BBMA presenters, performers and more.

Following his high-energy set, Ludacris introduced co-headliner 50 Cent who took the stage. Amidst performing hits like “What Up Gangsta,” “I Get Money” and other chart-toppers, 50 surprised the audience by inviting world-renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather to the stage.

But the surprises didn’t stop there! Rappers Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign, who were spotted enjoying the evening’s performances from their VIP booth, were called to the stage for an unforgettable impromptu jam session alongside 50 and Ludacris. The Taylor Gang members hyped  the audience with songs like “Saved,” “Blasé,” “Taylor Gang” and more.

Later in the night when reality phenoms Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, who were seated with Drai’s Las Vegas owner Victor Drai, took the stage for a surprise appearance with 50.

In town for the BBMAs, legendary rock star Steven Tyler was spotted at Mystere by Cirque du Soleil on following his explosive performance at the event. Following the performance, Tyler took photos with the cast and crew including Bruce Rickerd, one of the musicians that have never missed a show.

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Steven Tyler with Bruce Rickerd at Mystere by Cirque du Soleil
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Recording artist Drake hit some balls from the Chairman’s Suite at Topgolf Las Vegas, the newly opened entertainment complex(same luxury suite Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton held court in the night before), while Lil’ Jon hung out in the Owner’s Box and Juicy J took advantage of the poolside bungalows on the top floor.

Grammy-Award winning songstress Meghan Trainor and Billboard nominated singer and songwriter Kesha were spotted at Kumi Japanese Restaurant and Bar in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Saturday night, May 21...

Grammy Award-winning singer Meghan Trainor enjoyed an evening at  Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil. The artist was joined by her two brothers who enjoyed the show in the theater’s exclusive Golden Circle seating area.

 Lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton spent hours at the newly opened Topgolf playing with friends in the flagship location’s Chairman’s Suite – a super-VIP room on the top floor decked out with its own private bar, bathroom and hitting bays.
E! News host Jason Kennedy was spotted at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian with a friend.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was also seen having dinner at TAO.

Over at the recently opened Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas singer Halsey was spotted enjoying dessert.

Also at Beauty & Essex was “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox.

Actor and comedian Jonathan Kite celebrated a friend’s bachelor party at Hyde Bellagio as DJ Jace One kept the beats bumping from behind the turntables.

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Jonathan Kite at Hyde Bellagio
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Jonathan Kite celebrates a friends bachelor party at Hyde Bellagio
Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio


Friday night, May 20...

Actress Erica Ash, who starred alongside Mike Tyson in the hit comedy “Scary Movie 5,” took in Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH at MGM Grand. Also in attendance at the sold out show was singer/songwriter Shooter Jennings, who is the son of country music icons Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.

Erica Ash
Mike Tyson and Erica Ash
Photo courtesy of MGM Grand

Shooter Jennings
Shooter Jennings and Mike Tyson
Photo courtesy of MGM Grand

Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony dined  at TAO Asian Bistro in The Venetian with a group of ten people that included family and friends.

Across the restaurant was YouTube personality Tyler Oakley dining with friends.


Thursday night, May 19...

Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, drop into Discount Firearms & Ammo, home of The Vegas Machine Gun Experience.

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler
Photo courtesy of Discount Firearms & Ammo

Singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation Troye Sivan was spotted at LAVO in The Palazzo with friends and family.

At the recently opened Beauty & Essex in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Tiësto was seen enjoying dinner.

Tuesday night, May 18...

BMX pros and television personalities TJ Lavin and Ricardo Laguna were spotted at the preview of Topgolf Las Vegas where they enjoyed playing the Topgolf game while hanging out with friends. Also in attendance was Piff the Magic Dragon, who got in on the action.

Piff the Magic Dragon 3 5 17 2016
Piff The Magic Dragon
Photo courtesy of Topgolf Las Vegas

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Ricardo Laguna
Photo courtesy of Topgolf Las Vegas

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TJ Lavin
Photo courtesy of Topgolf Las Vegas

Sunday, May 15...

In town to rehearse for his upcoming role in the show “BAZ”, Jonathan Bennett, best known for his role in “Mean Girls” and as the host of “Cupcake Wars”, was spotted at LAVO in The Palazzo enjoying brunch with family and friends.

At night, during the grand opening weekend of TAO Group and chef Chris Santos' Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Norwegian DJ, songwriter and producer Kygo launched his KYGO Cloud Nine “S’mores” dessert now featured on the restaurant’s menu. In honor of the opening and the introduction of the dessert, Kygo surprised a room full of invited guests with an intimate acoustic performance on a grand piano that was placed in the middle of the dining room. After wowing the crowd, Kygo enjoyed his dessert with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello who joined the DJ at his table.

Jonathan Cheban with Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas David Becker
Jonathan Cheban with Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas
Photo credit: David Becker

Kristen Taekman with Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas David Becker
Kristen Taekman with Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas
Photo credit: David Becker

Kygo and Camila Cabello Eating Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas David Becker
Kygo and Camila Cabello Eating Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas
Photo credit: David Becker

Kygo and Conrad Sewell perform at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas David Becker
Kygo and Conrad Sewell perform at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas
Photo credit: David Becker

Kygo makes Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas David Becker
Kygo makes Cloud Nine Dessert at Beauty and Essex Las Vegas
Photo credit: David Becker

Also having dinner and taking in the performance at Beauty & Essex was TV personality Jonathan Cheban and Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman who dined at separate tables with friends.

Friday night, May 13...

Numerous NFL and NBA players and former players were spotted poolside at Life Time Athletic Green Valley in Las Vegas for a star-studded red carpet event to kick off the Ultimate Hoops National Tournament.

Super Bowl champion and Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker, Terrell Suggs, was joined by retired nine-year NBA veteran Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams; former 14-year NBA player and current Fox Sports analyst, Corey Maggette; former first round NBA selection, Josh Childress; and former Harlem Globetrotter and UNLV Runnin’ Rebel, Warren Rosegreen.

 

 

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