Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 | 12:52 p.m.
Singer and hometown hero Ne-Yo rang in 2014 hosting and performing a New Year’s Eve bash at Pure in Caesars Palace, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik was onsite for a photo gallery on the red carpet, in the nightclub and on the patio overlooking the Strip as fireworks marked the New Year.
The always-stylish Ne-Yo, birth name Shaffer Chimere Smith, didn’t disappoint in an all-black ensemble that included a fedora and a tuxedo jacket. The hits of Ne-Yo, who had a glass of bubbly in hand the first few minutes of 2014, include “Closer,” “Miss Independent,” “Mad,” “Let Me Love You” and the No. 1 collaboration “Give Me Everything.”
Ne-Yo was escorted to a VIP booth with a group of more than 40 family members and friends. After the terrace countdown at midnight, he returned to the nightclub, where he wished partygoers a Happy New Year and posed or photographs with fans.
During his setlist, which included “Give Me Everything,” “Closer” and “Play Hard,” guests Les Twins, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, joined him for the latter song. He finished the mini-concert with “Let Me Love You” and “Let’s Go.” Afterward, he returned to the VIP booth, and the group danced and enjoyed champagne and cocktails.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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.