Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 | 10:02 p.m.
MGM Resorts’ new outdoor venue, the Lot opposite its Luxor and Mandalay Bay, debuted for more than 20,000 music fans Saturday as the daytime attraction the Village for the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
The performances on two stages, sponsored by Pepsi and the CW, included Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, The Band Perry, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, Twenty One Pilots, Pete Tong, Awolnation and a special-guest appearance by hometown hero Ne-Yo.
Britney Spears’ fragrance and spin-the-wheel booth was the most popular interactive experience. Shriner’s Hospitals for Children received $1 from every ticket sold for the Village.
MGM execs confirmed that they plan to have 12 shows a year on the Lot, ranging from daytime and nighttime concerts, food festivals, car shows and more. They wouldn’t be once a month, and they would double up in the spring and fall to avoid summer heat in July and August. Temperatures neared 100 degrees Saturday, but it didn’t faze fans or performers.
Clark County Commissioners, please take note: You need a fourth crosswalk from the NW to NE corners to avoid taking three crossings from the Luxor parking area to reach the Lot. Police officers on duty told me that they need it for safety.
If plans and discussions continue forward for the giant Rock in Rio music festival to move here from South America, it would be staged in 2015 on MGM’s vacant land alongside Circus Circus toward Sahara. Execs and security officers went to Brazil to survey the star-studded, two-weekend, 10-day event that attracts more than 1 million yearly since it began in 1985. The festivals also have played Lisbon, Madrid and next year Buenos Aires.
From start to finish, iHeart played for some 15 hours over the two nights at MGM Grand Garden Arena and the day at the Lot. Even with Miley’s short shorts by day and see-through fishnet dress to display pasties and panties over her nearly naked body by night, it was Ke$ha who gave the most daring performance spitting whipped cream into the audience, kissing fans and presenting her male dancers dressed as women.
A Happy 55th Birthday to rock icon Joan Jett, who joined Ke$ha onstage as a surprise; they swigged whiskey from a bottle. Even though Britney admitted on ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Tuesday that her first kiss was with Justin Timberlake at age 13, the two did not run into each other at iHeart.
She left after introducing Miley by 9:30 p.m., and Justin arrived after 10 p.m.
Adam Lambert, who wowed the first night performing onstage with Queen, returned the second night to watch from a VIP area, and Justin fist-bumped him on the way to his closing set that ran until 1 a.m. Sunday.
Siblings Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner held hands while introducing Drake — and still managed to snap photos of themselves with their cameras.
And just who was that on Drake’s T-shirt? It was a photo of the face of Will Smith’s son Jaden captured while watching Drake at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards.
iHEART STAR SURVEILLANCE
Katy Perry and Muse celebrated their festival performances with friends as guests of Steve Wynn and his wife Andrea. First they dined at Botero, where Adam, Queen guitarist Brian May, Kate Hudson, Matthew Bellamy and Andrea’s son Nick Hissom were partying on the patio. They walked to nearby XS and took over three cabanas to party into pre-dawn hours.
Scott Disick and his rap pal Tyga took Khloe and Kourtney to Hakkasan. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had been at the Beverly Hills outpost the night before. Kendall joined them the next day for a group lunch in the private wine room at Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Country superstar Tim McGraw went from his performance to Wolf’s Cut in Palazzo. Wife Faith Hill wasn’t seen while he enjoyed tuna tartare and bone-in rib-eye steaks with two friends. Tim and Faith reprise their “Soul2Soul” run at the Venetian from Oct. 25 through April 11.
Directly after his guest appearance at the Village, Ne-Yo turned up at Encore Beach Club to watch DJ Martin Solveig. The Grammy Award-winning singer took over a bungalow with six pals for the French DJ’s set.
You can see a full video recap of all the stars and their performances here. It will be televised as a two-night primetime special on the CW on Monday and Tuesday to launch the network’s fall season. And, yes, iHeart will return to MGM Grand in 2014 for the four consecutive year.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.