February was playtime for the stars as they celebrated from Las Vegas to Los Angeles highlighted by the NBA All-Star Game, the Grammy and Academy Awards along with a long list of celebrity filled events in Vegas.
The month of events kicked off with the 53rd Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The events kicked off with an amazing tribute to Aretha Franklin and the night never slowed down. The highlight of the evening had to be when the Album of the Year was presented to and indie act for the first time ever, Arcade Fire. Arcade Fire also had the best event of the week leading up to the awards as they put on a secret show for only 500 fans.
Los Angeles does not get to host the NBA All-Star game every year, but after 2011 you certainly could argue that they should host it every year. The game not only brought in the biggest names from the NBA, but from all walks of entertainment. The parties were almost bigger than the game itself and if you were an NBA star, you were sure to be hosting your own party. Lebron, Kobe, D-Wade, Shaq, you name them, they had a party.
Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin co-hosted with Kevin Love the Myspace/Capital A Entertainment Night B4 All*Jam Party at the Conga Room with performances by Snoop Dogg and Fabolous. The list of guests was amazing and this was the party to be at without question.
The weekend was filled with plenty of other activities to keep celebrities, players and fans busy. On Friday afternoon Laker Ron Artest co-hosted the "BALL 'N ALL-OUT Meet & Greet" at the ESPN Zone LA Live with BALL 'N founder Rodney Jeter. The event was a showcase for BALL 'N footwear as they are going to be debuting at FootAction this spring and the Artest signature shoe will hit stores in October of this year.
If you were lucky enough to be at The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio on Saturday, February 19th, you were able to see Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor from the rock band BUSH, perform a "stripped" acoustic set. Before taking the stage, the pair dined at the amazing Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge with a stunning view of the fountains at Bellagio.
The Bank Nightclub was at it again the following night as Mira Sorvino and her husband, actor Christopher Backus, along with rock duo The Black Keys, and rapper Xzibit, partied all night long to celebrate The Light Group President, Jodi Myers' birthday. The group ended the evening toasting to Jodi's birthday with flutes of champagne!
Also on Sunday, R&B sensation Kat Deluna performed her new single, "Party O'Clock" and hit single "Whine Up" with UK DJ Wayne G behind the turntables, for the second installment of the gay-friendly dance party “Sundanze” at JET Nightclub at The Mirage. “Sundanze,” a collaboration between The Light Group and premiere LGBT party promoter Eduardo Cordova (i.e. Heaven Saturdays at BARE, Closet Sundays at The Beatles Revolution Lounge), is one of the largest LGBT parties in Las Vegas and nationwide, occurring one Sunday per month, at JET.
R&B songstress Keri Hilson got the weekend started early at HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino on Thursday night, performing a trio of her hits, including "Turnin Me On" and "Get Your Money Up." Strutting the stage in a pair of black thigh-high leather boots, Hilson served up the perfect mix of sexiness and sass as she ended her set by showing the crowd how to do the "Pretty Girl Rock!"
This Sunday is the biggest event of all as we will get to find out who walks away with each Oscar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The streets of Los Angeles are going to be filled the stars of "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and every other movie that you saw in the theater over the past 12 months.
If the weather on the West Coast was not enough to fill everyone east of the Mississipi with envy, a February filled with stars in our streets surely will.
For more information on HAZE, JET and the Bank Nightclub, visit: www.lightgroup.com