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July 22, 2014

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Star Surveillance: CeeLo, Taye Diggs, Holly Madison, Warren Sapp, Diddy, Flo Rida and Chris Bosh

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Warren Sapp and Reggie Jackson at Rockhouse in the Venetian.

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Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella with their marriage license.

Las Vegas continues to be the platinum playground and Entertainment Capital of the World for Hollywood, sports and music celebrities.

Before her Disneyland wedding Tuesday, reality TV star Holly Madison talked serious business at Wolfgang Puck’s Cut in Palazzo because her guest and she each only ordered one glass of wine.

Singer CeeLo Green and his wife dined at Hakkasan at MGM Grand and after dinner hit Ling Ling Club, where they ran into Boyz II Men star Wanya Morris and actor Taye Diggs, who were on their way up to the third-level Hakkasan nightclub to celebrate a friend’s wedding.

Actor Nicolas Cage and Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top had lunch at Due Forni in Summerlin and enjoyed Naples pizzas and amaretto cocktails.

Carrot Top also attended NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s celebration of the new NFL season at Heraea in the Palms, where Warren happily posed for photographs with fans. Then he raffled off signed jerseys for his charity Crescent Moon and answered fans’ questions about his winning plays. Warren then partied with friends at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

NFL legend Warren Sapp celebrated his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame with a party at Rockhouse in the Venetian with MLB legend Reggie Jackson and NFL star Jonathan Ogden. Between beers and bull riding at the ultra-dive bar, they scrawled “rocking party” on the walls.

“American Idol” Season 5 winner and Paris headliner Taylor Hicks was at the newly opened Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace watching football games at the bar.

Actress Vanessa Branch, best known from Orbit Gum TV commercials, dined at Lavo in Palazzo.

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh partied in the Boom Box Room at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Celine Dion’s protege Veronic Dicaire, who stars in “Veronic Voices” at Bally’s, was next door at the Flamingo to watch Donny and Marie Osmond’s headliner show and posed for a photograph with them after the performance.

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DJ Zedd at Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay.

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DJ Skrillex at Light in Mandalay Bay.

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Flo Rida performs at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria.

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Diddy performs at the Bank in Bellagio.

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Ke$ha at 1OAK in the Mirage.

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Frank Marino and Whoopi Goldberg at Treasure Island.

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Domenico Dolce at Frank Marino's "Divas Las Vegas" in the Quad.

DJ superstars Skrillex and Zedd worked their way thru chef Akira Back’s menu at the newly opened Kumi Japanese Restaurant in Mandalay Bay before Skrillex made his debut at nearby Light.

Rapper Flo Rida introduced his new-artist discoveries Dime Piece and Natalie La Rose when he performed “Wild Ones” and “Whistle” at Haze in Aria and repeated at nearby Liquid Pool Lounge the next day. T-Pain and Ashanti also were at Haze separately.

Nicky Romero, Brandon Davis and Chanel West Coast partied at Major Lazer’s 1OAK set in the Mirage. Diddy performed from a VIP balcony with several of his hit songs. Ke$ha also was at 1OAK but in a wheelchair to rest a painful ankle she’d hurt performing in another show the night before. Chanel, who stars on MTV’s “Ridiculousness,” dined at Andrea’s in Encore.

Rapper and actor Common hosted and performed at the Bank in Bellagio.

Grammy Award-winning musician Meat Loaf, who stars in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood beginning Sept. 26, watched “The Beatles’ Love” at the Mirage with producer Adam Steck.

Gorgeous WWE wrestler Naomi Knight, star of E!’s new TV series “Total Divas,” partied at the new-look Ghostbar in the Palms with fiance and fellow WWE wrestler Jimmy Uso. Her pal WWE diva Natalya Neidhart’s bachelorette party, celebrated throughout the Palms in July, was just featured on “Total Divas.” WWE diva singer Lilian Garcia posed backstage at Monte Carlo with Blue Man Group after watching their show.

Members of Journey were at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms after their concert at Pearl at the Palms.

Quad headliner Frank Marino attended Whoopi Goldberg’s Treasure Island show, where the two friends reminisced backstage. Fashion designer Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana attended Frank’s show, where he complimented the amazing costumes the female impersonators wear.

Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin, after performing with his band in front of thousands on Fremont Street, brought the party into the D Hotel’s Longbar taking photos with fans before hitting the blackjack tables.

Actor and comedian Mike Epps dined with five friends at Culinary Dropout in the Hard Rock Hotel and picked up the tabs for two nearby tables. Mike was in town to host Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam at the nearby Joint.

R.J. Mitte at Ghostbar

“Breaking Bad” actor R.J. Mitte celebrated his 21st birthday at Ghostbar and brought along mom Dyna, co-star Daniel Moncada, Lindsey Haun (“True Blood”) and Amanda Fuller (“Last Man Standing”). Also at Ghostbar: poker star Phil Ivey. Contributing videographer Richard Corey was on the red carpet for their arrival.

Earlier in the day, R.J. was at the Palms’ Ditch Fridays party, where he hung out with rapper Lupe Fiasco before his show and before the Ghostbar bash celebrated with a birthday dinner at Nove Italiano.

Singer Chris Daughtry toured Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health with Keep Memory Alive founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo while in town for a concert at Mandalay Bay Beach.

Cheering fans lined the entrance to Palazzo’s Azure Luxury Pool when NBA stars turned up to party after ending their Players Association meetings. Newly elected first VP Roger Mason Jr. hosted along with Jerry Stackhouse, Andre Iguodala and Willie Green.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Derek Fisher dined with his family on the patio at Lombardi’s in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood before watching “V — The Ultimate Variety Show” nearby and then partying at Surrender.

Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez hosted at nearby LAX, where DJ Slip welcomed members Jeff “Phi” Nguyen, Kevin “K.B.” Brewer, Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula, Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag and Joe “Punkee” Larot. The production group The Bangerz were followed by DJs Franzen and Technicolor.

World-champion boxers turned out in force at “Raiding the Rock Vault” at LVH for “Night of the Champion” honoring Leon Spinks. Guests included Sugar Ray Leonard, Jake LaMotta, Michael Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Tony Lopez, James Tillis, Danny Lopez, Joe Cortez and Zab Judah.

LVH, when it was the Hilton, is where Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978. “Night of the Champion” kicked off with a daytime autograph-signing session, and rockers and boxers celebrated Leon’s 60th birthday in the SpaceQuest bar lounge. The boxing legend was presented with a birthday cake, which he cut with a sword.

All the fun of Adventuredome’s 20th anniversary party at Circus Circus with the cast of Jabbawockeez and “Tournament of Kings” was captured on video for by contributing videographer Bill Cody.

Adventuredome 20th anniversary

Reggae rockers Rebelution were at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan along with reggae rapper Mastisyahu as part of the Set Your Life to Music series. The co-headliners had fans dancing through the night with such feel-good hits as Rebelution’s “Comfort Zone” and Matisyahu’s “One Day.”

Nas performed at Hakkasan for the official Hudson and Creative Recreation after-party during MAGIC. DJs Crooked, D-Nice, Fashen, Homicide, Five and Irie took turns on the wheels of steel for more than 5,000 partygoers. Nas dined at Hakkasan before performing his hits “If I Ruled the World,” “Made You Look” and “You Can Hate Me Now” at Hakkasan.

The E.C. Twins provided the soundtrack for the Project fashion show party at Marquee, and rapper Juicy J joined the duo.

Tarina Tarantino celebrated the release of her first fashionista book “The Sparkle Factory” at Love Jones in the Hard Rock Hotel. She signed books for fans and showcased her new cosmetic collection Tarina Tarantino Beauty. Tarina hosted her after-party at nearby 35 Steaks + Martinis.

Rapper Tyga returned to the Palms just weeks after his party performance for a family-style meal in the private dining room of N9NE Steakhouse. Dressed from head-to-toe in Last Kings gear, he also watched Jabbawockeez’s “Prism” while in town. Tyga also performed at the Reebok Classic concert during MAGIC.

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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