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Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 | 6:33 p.m.
Congratulations to our hometown smooth-as-silk R&B artist and Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo on his weekend marriage to model beauty Crystal Renay overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Palisades in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
More than 100 family members and friends attended the ceremony at the romantic Terranea Resort. The couple announced their engagement in August, and they are expecting a baby.
Their reception with dinner and dancing was at the hotel’s Catalina Kitchen, an upscale bistro featuring Mediterranean cuisine with outdoor casual dining.
Ne-Yo, recently in town as a surprise performer for opening night of Jennifer Lopez’s “All I Have” at Axis at Planet Hollywood, confirmed the wedding with an Instagram photo.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Tuesday night marks the return of Celine Dion to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for her first show since the death of her husband and longtime manager Rene Angelil.
Celine will start her show with a 15-minute tribute of song, videos and photos that will be live streamed to fans worldwide on CelineDion.com starting at 7:30 p.m. PT. She worked on the presentation reel over the weekend, today and will continue until the last minute.
“It’s a love tribute that will be a trip down memory lane for everybody,” I was told by one of her execs.
TOP SCORES: Congratulations to Steve Wynn and his team members at Wynn Las Vegas for being honored as the highest-ranking casino resort on Fortune’s 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies in the hotel, casino and resort category. Steve’s property was No. 3 of 13 international distinguished hospitality groups. Wynn resorts also ranked first overall in quality of products and services among hotel companies.
In its annual star-rating list, Forbes’s Travel Guide awarded 11 distinguished Five Star awards to the hotel, spas and restaurants at Wynn Macau, plus the Tower Suites and spas here at Wynn and Encore. Wynn Macau is now the only resort in the world with seven Five Star awards for a second consecutive year.
Also named in the Forbes Travel Guide, Augustus and Octavius Towers at Caesars Palace and Restaurant Guy Savoy to the prestigious list with five stars. Caesars celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Cromwell won a Recommended Award.
Mandarin Oriental received three Five Star awards to the hotel, spa and signature restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire for the fifth consecutive year. Only nine properties worldwide have achieved a triple Five Star award, and Mandarin Oriental now winning for the fifth consecutive year is the only property on and off the Strip that has attained the triple.
GOOD WORKS: In honor of late celebrity chef Kerry Simon’s fight against Multiple System Atrophy, officials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will name its new nurses station after him.
The sign honoring his memory will read, “In honor of Kerry’s unending effort to fight MSA, we will Kerry on.” The nurses station will be located at the Kerry Simon Care Coordination Center.
To recognize their service to the community and putting their lives on the line, our local law enforcement will host Coffee With a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald’s at 4075 S. Buffalo and 3700 S. Paradise. Guests who take part in the community goodwill program will receive a free small McCafe good for through Friday.
Youth of the Year finalists from Boys & Girls Club of Nevada were guests at Robert Earl’s Planet Hollywood restaurant in the Forum Shops of Caesars Palace. The finalists learned that Autumn Cuellar was the winner from Western Nevada Boys & Girls Club, and she will represent the Silver State in the Youth of the Year national program later this year.
STILL ON: After dropping out of the Grammy Awards last week under doctor’s orders due to bronchial throat problems, Rihanna pushed back the start of her new “Anti-World Tour” postponing the first eight stops.
Naturally, it led to fears that she also would yank April dates here. But Live Nation release a statement to calm fears:
“Speculation about these Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, shows at Mandalay Bay Events Center being postponed or canceled is completely false. Live Nation is very happy to confirm that Rihanna will bring her tour in as planned.”
STAR CHEFS JOIN: Celebrity chefs Nobu Matsuhisa and Mario Carbone have agreed to join Wolfgang Puck for this year’s Keep Memory Alive dinner at MGM Grand Garden Arena to raise funds for the Lou Ruvo Center.
The glittering, star-studded event May 21 salutes the 90th birthday of entertainment legend Tony Bennett.
NIGHTLIFE TRIBUTE: In mid-January, I reported that Las Vegas nightclub promoter Chris Hornak had died while on a trip to India. There has still been no follow-up from Indian authorities.
To celebrate his life, more than 200 friends and industry colleagues persuaded the Palms to reopen its shuttered nightclub Moon over the weekend so that they could say a fond farewell to the nightlife leader. Chris started his Las Vegas club career at Moon.
TRUMP WEEK: It’s been an all-Trump week for author and radio host commentator Wayne Allyn Root here. On Thursday, Eric Trump was the guest on Wayne’s radio show. Then Friday evening, it was Donald Trump Jr.
Tonight at what could be the largest political rally in Nevada history with 12,000 expected at South Point Arena, Wayne will be MC and opening speaker for front-runner GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years 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.