Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 | 11:28 a.m.
To celebrate the 25th Annual Soul Train Awards, producers have expanded it into four events over a jam-packed 72 hours, and for the next three days at Planet Hollywood, it’s a celebrity powerhouse of stars, stars and more stars.
Cedric the Entertainer hosts the awards, which honor the best in music, comedy and entertainment. An all-star comedy show salutes our beloved Flamingo headliner George “I’ll Be Thinking” Wallace. Comedy actor Bill Bellamy hosts a star-studded golf tournament, and the weekend closes with a concert headlined by 2012 Lifetime Achievement recipients New Edition.
The action starts today with a red carpet pre-show at 4:30 p.m. with “Apollo Live” host Tony Rock and reality TV star and singer Tamar Braxton hosting and interviewing entertainment’s biggest names. Joining Keri Hilson and Jody Watley as presenters are actors Anthony Mackie and Bellamy, Estelle, radio personality Michael Baisden and reality TV stars Tameka “Tiny” Harris and rapper and Las Vegas resident Flavor Flav.
This year’s awards will go on record as being the most soulful, with newly added performances by legends Stevie Wonder and hometown heroes Gladys Knight and Ne-Yo, plus, Anthony Hamilton, Eddie Levert, 2 Chainz, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, John Legend, Leah Labelle, Elle Varner and Marcus Canty. Raphael Saadiq plays double duty performing and serving as music director.
The show will be taped for broadcast on BET and Centric on Sunday, Nov. 25. Friday’s inaugural celebrity golf tournament will be held at Paiute Golf Club Resort with guest NBA legend “Dr. J” Julius Erving. The comedy salute to Wallace on Friday night includes Bellamy, Rock, Sherri Shepherd, Earthquake, Chris Spencer and Gary Owen.
Saturday’s concert ending the three-day celebration features Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank as TGT, Miguel and New Edition.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.