Bruno was 24K Magic at the Grammy's
February 06, 2018 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
The Grammies were a smash out, blockbuster for Bruno Mars, one of our favorite Vegas performers. He has the “it” factor!
His “24K Magic” made it big – Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best R&B Album. “That’s What I Like” garnered Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. Incredible! He deserved them all.
I was truly happy Tony Bennett, along with son Dae Bennett, received Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90.” If you are a reader of this column, you know how much I look up to and adore that icon of music.
Ed Sheerhan received the award for Best Pop Vocal Album (“Divide”) and Best Pop Solo Performance (“Shape of You”).
All was a glitter but the addition of politics to the awards rankles me. Politics and show business do not belong together.
But I felt deeply about the tribute by Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne for the victims of the tragic shooting Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival here in Vegas and the bombing in Manchester, England at Arianna Grande’s concert last May. They sang Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” It was oh, so perfect. Magnificent!
By the way, I like what Bruno Mars wore to the ceremony. The burgundy sparkle, casual mode was just right, but I do wish he would have taken off his sunnies! Is the sunlight too bright indoors?
Giada De Laurentiis will be serving up the most expensive gala dinner ever – $220,000 for two couples.
The couples got into a bidding war for a dinner, to be prepared by Giada, at last month’s Woman of the Year (yes, the lovely Giada was the recipient of the honor) fundraising event for the Nevada Ballet Theatre. When the bid hit $110,000, Ms. DeLaurentiis offered to prepare dinner for each couple for a total of $220K.
Giada is a cool, creative chef and a beauty to boot! Her newest restaurant, Pronto, opened yesterday (Feb. 5) at Caesars Palace. Go for it, Giada!
Catch these Thieves
Want to have some fun at the cinema? Check out “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler. It is a fictional story about the LA County Sherriff Department’s involvement in a Federal Reserve Bank heist. There were visible mistakes in the film but if you look at it as Hollywood creationism and do not let a bullet riddle armored car heading into the Federal Reserve building without pause for concern get into your mind, you will enjoy. That’s Hollywood!
Odds & Ends
The Monti Minute is now in Spanish! It took a lot of talks and meetings but the Latin world was ready for this. I am having fun doing the Monti Minute in both languages.
Again, a very happy birthday to Lu, my friend of 54 years. And I thank her for always being there for me.
And so, it is February. The Super Bowl is over; it had our town in an endless tizzy. The celebration of Chinese New Year begins next Friday (Feb. 16) with red lanterns hanging in many casinos, lion dances being performed and special menus being offered. It is the year of the dog, which delights Zozo.
Our Golden Knights have made us a hockey crazed town and thank them for bringing sports glory to Las Vegas!
Monti Rock III and Zozo the wonder dog!