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Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015|6:59 p.m.
It’s a wrap of another year of the iHeartRadio Music Celebration at MGM Grand Garden Arena and MGM Resorts Town on the Las Vegas Strip, 2 days and nights of music by a few of the most popular and bestselling artists in the world.
Night 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena showcased standout performances by Sam Smith, Coldplay, Duran Duran and The Killers— the latter home town heroes were a favorite all around, beginning their set with Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and frontman Brandon Flowers looking dapper in a blue paisley jacket and pocket square.
Night 1’s red carpet at MGM Grand included Smith, The Killers, Duran Duran, Courtney Love, Disclosure, Demi Lovato, Krewella, Taylor Lautner, Josh Hutcherson, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, Ashley Tisdale, Becca Tilley, Nash Grier, Nick Viall (“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”) with brand-new partner design Kelly Thomas and Macy’s Rising Star artist Christina Grimmie.
Day 2 included daytime performances at the Daytime Town at MGM Resorts Village across from the Luxor. The lineup: Tove Lo, Lee Brice, Echosmith, Zella Day, Lovato, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Hozier (members of Duran Duran showed up for his set), Trey Songz, James Bay, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, The Struts, Walk the Moon and Big Sean.
Editor at Big John Katsilometes returned for Night 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Weeknd, who has the No. 1 and 2 tunes in the country, started the night as well as carried out Friday night (really, early Saturday early morning) at Drai’s Bar atop the Cromwell. Kats raved about early entertainers Jennifer Lopez and Blake Shelton. Performers also consisted of Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Lil Kim and closer DJ Diplo.
J.Lo hosted a residency kickoff celebration at Chateau Club in Paris Las Vegas on Saturday night (in fact, early today), as her “All I Have” run begins at Axis at World Hollywood on Jan. 20, while Puff Daddy hosted and carried out at the 10th anniversary of Tao in the Venetian post-iHeartRadio.
Night 2’s red carpet at MGM Grand consisted of Shelton, Jonas, Ezra, Brice, Mendes, Day, J.Lo, Alvaro Soler (who shared the stage with J.Lo), Echosmith, Ashley Benson, Cheryl Burke, Hozier, Kat Graham, Gatling gun Kelly, Tori Kelly, Matt Bomer, Prince Royce, The Struts, Hailee Steinfeld, James Bay, Tove Lo, Stroll the Moon, Joe Jonas, Tyga and Wilmer Valderrama.
Our thanks to Sam Morris of Las Vegas News Bureau, Tom Donoghue of Donoghue Photography and Al Powers of Powers Imagery for Invision and AP for their image galleries.
Examine back for extra coverage of the iHeartRadio stars at work and play in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Up until next year!
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly 20 years.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the previous 15 years offering readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.
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MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 spaces 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 provides trademark restaurants by star chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish Home, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin 3 star and Forbes 5 star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its continuous “Grand Home improvement,” MGM Grand has actually renovated all rooms and suites in its primary tower and is including a number of brand-new experiences to its lineup consisting of Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Bar, a new high end dining/nightlife concept (being available in April 2013).
MGM Grand also includes a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Health spa, Cristophe Beauty parlor, “CSI: The Experience” and an inviting swimming pool complex including the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale cottages consist of The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the elegant two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel situated adjacent to the main resort.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
MGM Grand Garden Arena The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to performances, championship boxing and premier sporting and unique occasions. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as numerous as 16,800 individuals with exceptional views and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. The Grand Garden Box office is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109