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Music Celebs Celebrate After Party after Billboard Awards

By: Pete Allman

Las Vegas was the setting for the celebration, of the Billboard Awards held at the MGM Grand. The official after party was at Studio 54 which is located inside the MGM Grand. There were some big parties which were held at TAO at the Venetian and Pure at Caesar’s Palace which surprisingly had many celebrities. The late crowd headed over to Rum Jungle at the Mandalay Bay and Body English at the Hard Rock, so it was without question a heavy party night. Sunday at the club “Light” inside Bellaggio, we caught up with Roger Cross who plays Curtis Manning on the Fox Network’s show 24. Cross said, “Las Vegas is a great getaway to release all of your frustrations”. He should know, the young actor from Jamaica, danced the night away. Before, things got really hot; Roger and I talked about the validity of Reality Television. He stated, “CBS is doing a great job of presenting live reality shows”. “I think the majority of them should go on the reality channel”; “because they are hurting the ratings of the television market”. Incidentally, Cross never realized he was going to be an actor, he was a pilot before he entered the profession.

Rap artist Flavor Flav (former member of Public Enemy and star of VH1’s hit reality show, Flavor of Love”) who attended the Billboard Awards; said this year was the best, for content and choreography. Flav who is having his record release party; at Studio 54 on Friday December 8th, 2006; said he wants to have his own Nationally Televised Talk Show from Las Vegas. Well Flavor, you just might be surprised what may happen next year to broaden your horizons. Flavor Flav is credited as bringing VH1 their highest ratings with his show (Flavor of Love).

Other musical guests who attended the awards and the after parties included Boyz II Men, one of the most recognized R&B groups of the music business. Shawn Stockman, somewhat the leader of the group, said “the Billboard Awards was especially spectacular with Janet Jackson’s Performance”. One of the highlights of the evenings awards was Mary J. Blige receiving a total of 9 awards for R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year - Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year - Hot 100 Airplay Song of the Year, “Be Without You” - R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artist of the Year - R&B Album Artist of the Year - R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year, The Breakthrough - R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year, “Be Without You” - R&B/Hip-Hop Song Airplay of the Year, “Be Without You” – and Videoclip of the Year, “Be Without You”

The following artists also received awards:

T.I. (5 awards total)
Rap Artist of the Year
Rap Album of the Year, “King”
Rap Album Artist of the Year
Rap Songs Artist of the Year
Video clips Artist of the Year

“High School Musical” (1 award total)
Soundtrack Album of the Year, “High School Musical”

Other Artist’s who attended the Awards Ceremony we’re very impressed with its outcome. Rapper Too Short was one of the more positive individuals that was not only elated with the awards ceremony but thinks Las Vegas is the city of the future. “There is no question, that this is the most exciting city on the planet”. ”Even though Vegas will go through changes it will only be for the better”. He further stated, “Sure we all remember the Rat Pack, you know the old Vegas”, “that’s a memory that will always be a part of Vegas”. “But, it is overshadowed with the new city developments here”. “I mean look at my music, I am expanding my horizons”. “The bottom line, things are gonna change, in this case it’s for the better”.

Chris Brown (3 awards total)
Artist of the Year
Male Artist of the Year
New Artist of the Year

Carrie Underwood (5 awards total)
Album of the Year, Some Hearts
Country Album of the Year, Some Hearts
Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year
Female Country Artist of the Year
New Country Artist of the Year
The Fray (3 awards total)
Digital Album of the Year, How to Save a Life
Digital Album Artist of the Year
Digital Songs Artist of the Year
Kenny Chesney (2 awards total)
Male Country Artist of the Year
Country Songs Artist of the Year

Three Days Grace (1 award total)
Rock Single of the Year, “Animal I Have Become”

Rihanna (3 awards total)
Female Artist of the Year
Female Hot 100 Artist of the Year
Pop 100 Artist of the Year
Nickelback (3 awards total)
Rock Album of the Year, “All the Right Reasons”
Artist-Duo/Group of the Year
Hot 100 Artists-Duo/Group of the Year

Nelly Furtado (1 award total)
Pop Single of the Year, “Promiscuous” (featuring Timbaland)