Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 | 9:58 a.m.
Kristin Chenoweth and Ray Winters
Be it for work or play — or a combination of both — Las Vegas topped the timetables of VIPs and Hollywood, music and sports stars over the holiday weekends, and we have the full Royal Robin Rundown of where they performed and partied.
Celine Dion fans witnessed a first-time-ever, live-in-concert duet between the global superstar and Las Vegas hometown hero, smooth-as-silk singer Ne-Yo, who surprised Celine onstage to perform their new song “Incredible” from Celine’s new album “Loved Me Back to Life.” It won the twosome a standing ovation and thunderous applause from the audience.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and girlfriend Heather Milligan dined at Strip House in Planet Hollywood for the second consecutive year-end holiday. The couple shared salad and the signature New York Strip steak along with black truffle creamed spinach and garlic herb French fries.
Paris Hilton and Steve Wynn were alongside each other in separate groups watching Penn & Teller at the Rio.
Kristin Chenoweth dined with friends at Lavo in the Palazzo and enjoyed Kobe meatballs and chicken parmigiano after her sold-out concert at Smith Center. Kristin told us it was her first Las Vegas show in nine years and said the Smith Center rivaled New York’s Met!
During her performance of classics, hits and Broadway show tunes, she pulled 18-year-old Ray Winters from Las Vegas onstage. She didn’t know that he was a winner of this year’s Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards, which Smith Center sponsored to enable Nevada students to participate in for the first time. As a winner of the local awards, Ray moved on to the national awards in New York City.
How did showman Jeff Beacher top the Miley Cyrus-Katy Perry all-star preview of his Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand three nights later with its official black-tie gala NYE opening?
He came through with Olivia Munn and boyfriend Joel Kinnaman, Nicky Hilton, Kellan Lutz, Emile Hirsch, Frankie Delgado, Derek Hough, Ashley Greene, Ryan Lochte, Josh Henderson and the return of Mario Lopez, this time with his wife Courtney.
Mick Fleetwood, original member and co-founder of the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac and in town for a concert at MGM Grand on Dec. 30, took his twin daughters to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio.
It was Celebrity Central at the Palms during the holiday celebrations. At the newly renovated reopening of chef Barry Dakake’s N9NE Steakhouse: Floyd Mayweather Jr., K.D. Aubert, Taylor Hicks and his girlfriend, Matthew Perry, Robin Thicke, wife Paula Patton, Holly Madison, Brody Jenner, Ryan Guzman and Chanel West Coast were all spotted.
Ryan (“Pretty Little Liars”) said he’d just finished filming “Boy Next Door,” in which he portrays a teenage boy who has an affair with a divorced neighborhood woman played by Jennifer Lopez.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey and new addition Mynique Smith partied at Tryst in Wynn with DJ Lil Jon.
Gorgeous Octagon beauties Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer welcomed new ring girl Vanessa Hanson to their UFC party at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel. Arianny and Brittney were mobbed when they held a 2014 calendar autograph signing in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Boyz II Men members Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman hosted NYE at The Beatles Revolution Lounge in the Mirage.
“Pin Up” starlet Claire Sinclair hosted NYE at Deuce Lounge in Aria, while steps away with a special performance were Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez at Gold Lounge.
Sebastian Ingrosso spun at Light in Mandalay Bay while Maroon 5 frontman and “Sexiest Man Alive” Adam Levine and fiancee Behati Prinsloo danced off their sushi dinner from next door at chef Akira Back’s Kumi.
Grammy Award-winning singer Miguel dined at Tao in the Venetian with girlfriend Nazanin Mandi before his NYE hosting duties. Also celebrating at Tao: Floyd Mayweather Jr., UFC fighter Francisco “Cisco” Rivera, Mark Salling, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough and NeNe and Gregg Leakes, who also dined at Lavo while in town.
Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn Spears partied with friends at a VIP table at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan.
Ryan Cabrera dined at Sugar Factory in Town Square, where he picked out a souvenir goblet for his mom and a bag of Swedish Fish for himself.
DJ Pauly D and friends enjoyed lap dances at Crazy Horse III Gentlemen’s Club. Also there: Cisco Rivera.
At Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and Longbar at the downtown D Las Vegas: Ryan Lochte, Josh Henderson, D owner Derek Stevens, Cullen Jones, Louis Lombardi (“Runner, Runner”) and “Pitch Perfect” couple Skylar Astin and Anna Camp.
At chef Joseph Elevado’s Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore: Luxor headliner comic Carrot Top and Skylar and Anna, who shared sashimi, salmon and sliders and sipping on Grey Goose cocktails in a private-dining enclave.
La Toya Jackson and Jeffre Phillips so loved their personalized chopsticks at Andrea’s, she tweeted, “Love my special chopsticks” and posted a photo of them.
Comedian Carlos Mencia was steps away for Italian pasta specialties at Allegro.
The Weeknd was at Pure in Caesars celebrating a friend’s birthday and gave a shout-out to his personal DJ XO. He performed “I’m Good” for the first time in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White was at a VIP table. Afterward The Weeknd went to Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan in MGM Grand, where he hit the DJ booth for a second performance .
Former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva watched Boyz II Men at the Mirage.
Alesso celebrated his Grammy nomination with a performance at Light on New Year’s Day, and the crowd included Calvin Harris, Paris Hilton, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones.
Resident Wynn DJ Diplo, the presumed “King of Twerk” for his Major Lazer project’s nightclub anthem “Bubble Butt,” spun at Surrender in Encore.
Jeremih hosted NYE at Chateau Nightclub in the Paris, hopped atop a VIP booth and sang his hits “Amen,” “Birthday Sex,” “Down On Me” and “Body Operator.”
Now we brace ourselves for the next invasion of celebrities headed onto the Strip for the start Tuesday of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and as usual we’ll have our spies and contributing photographers on duty wherever the stars go to play and/or perform.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.