MTV's Video Music Awards reaches new low; Gipsy Kings a delight at Red Rock
September 05, 2017 3:00 AM
by Monti Rock III
What a weekend!
The Video Music Awards, held at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Aug. 27, continued their slide in viewership, garnering a mere 5.4 million viewers, their lowest ever, according to the Nielsen ratings.
Well, that’s a shame because the outfits and dresses were outrageously fabulous and well worth seeing. These artists know how to dress and make it all work. I sat glued to my television watching, taking in all that is 2017.
There was also a very important underlying message to the show – suicide, and the effect it takes on family, friends, fans and the world.
Logic performed an inspirational song, “1-800-273-8255,” which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As he sang this song of healing and hope for those in crisis, suicide attempt survivors joined him onstage while we silently paid homage to those such as Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell.
How many have left us too early by their own hands? Too many! It was time for this wake-up call. Thank you!
A few of the major winners were:
Video of the Year: Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran
Best Collaboration: Zayn and Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Best Pop: Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane, “Down”
Best Hip-Hop: Kendrick Lamar, “Humble”
Best Dance: Alessia Cara and Zedd, “Stay”
Best Rock: Twenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”
Song of Summer: XO Tour Llif3 “Lil Uzi Vert”
Best New Artist: Khalid
A Leo sighting
In town again were Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Connolly, and Adrien Brody celebrating at a party for the still-in-a-party-mood Conor McGregor at Encore’s XS Nightclub. McGregor, as you know, lost his bout with Floyd Mayweather by TKO in the 10th round. But that didn’t dampen his spirits, and there was only a small mark above his eye to show he’d actually been in a fight. It is great that there was not more physical damage. The Chainsmokers played a raucous and great set!
Barge is large
David Perrico and his Pop Strings Orchestra are rockin’ the boat at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace every weekend, Thursday through Saturday, until the end of the year.
Recently Paul Shaffer joined him onstage and one night Martin Short, fresh from his Steve Martin Colosseum engagement, came into Perrico’s lounge set. Talk about the old Vegas attitude. Yes, keep them coming!!
Head to Red Rock
The Gipsy Kings recently entertained pool goers at the Red Rock Resort’s Sandbar poolside lounge. Their irresistible flamenco style and Latin rhythms always get me jumping and put me in a great mood.
Our favorite, Louie (Emmy Award Winner!) Anderson, will be at Red Rock Sept. 15 and 16. Get your tickets now!!!
Labor Day weekend the pool rocked with husband and wife Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, moving those waves and jumping the galaxies across and back to the 80’s and 90’s. Wow – what a trip!
Last Tuesday, I revisited Rod Stewart: The Hits at Caesars Palace with close friends. Again, I was swayed by his powerful and omnipresent hypnotism of the audience! That man can really fly! He can sing. He can connect. Catch him when he comes back.
Up next at the Colosseum are ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham, Sept. 6 and 13, and entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld, Sept. 8 and 9.
I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! The thrill of the line-ups for the fall will soon be upon us.
As always, Monti Rock III and Zozo the wonder dog.