TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE FIRST EVER DICK CLARK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE FIRST EVER
DICK CLARK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
AT THE 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®

New Award Will be the AMA’s Highest Honor

Swift Will Open the Show with the World Television Premiere of “Blank Space”

The Show Will Broadcast Live SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd
(8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC

dick clark productions and ABC announced today that Taylor Swift will be presented with the inaugural “Dick Clark Award for Excellence” at the 2014 American Music Awards.  Swift will be recognized for her historical album sales as the only artist in history to have three albums – “Speak Now, “Red” and “1989” — each debuting with more than 1 million sold in their first week. This year, in its first week, “1989” sold 1.287 million copies, making it the highest selling album released in 2014. Swift is the first recipient of the Dick Clark Award for Excellence, given to an artist who achieves a groundbreaking feat or creates a landmark work.  It is to be bestowed upon someone whose spirit and excellence capture the visionary passion that Dick Clark himself incorporated into everything he did.

Clark, the creator of the 42-year-old American Music Awards, influenced popular music in America for six decades. He was known for maintaining a standard of excellence both in the shows he produced and in the talent that he showcased. Simultaneously “America’s Oldest Teenager” and the most trusted name in music, Clark was responsible for the first TV appearances of many superstars including Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. Taylor Swift, who also made her debut on a Dick Clark Production show, will be honored with this prestigious award with Clark’s wife, Kari, in the audience, along with a theatre full of stars who grew up on Clark’s programs. This promises to be one of the most significant moments in the rich history of the AMA’s.

“The first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special,” said Kari Clark, wife of the late Dick Clark.  “He would be thrilled to know she is the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.”

“The American Music Awards most closely reflects Dick Clark’s philosophy of popular music. It provides a platform for the biggest music artists of the day, with the winners voted on by the fans,” said American Music Awards producer Larry Klein.  “Clark always said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives,’ and no one’s recent music has provided a more meaningful soundtrack for the lives of music fans than Taylor Swift.”

Swift will also take to the stage to open the show with the world television premiere performance of her new single “Blank Space”.  She joins a line-up of must-see artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Charli XCX, Fergie, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Magic!, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Sam Smith, and the evening’s host, Pitbull.  Additional stars slated to present throughout the evening include Uzo Aduba, Jhene Aiko, Elizabeth Banks, Aloe Blacc, Lauren Cohan, Gavin DeGraw, Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Becky G, Brantley Gilbert, Danai Gurira, Lucy Hale, Ella Henderson, Julianne Hough, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kira Kazantsev, Heidi Klum, Mary Lambert, Rose McGowan, Danica McKellar, Pat Monahan, Olivia Munn, Kevin O’Leary, Pentatonix, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Schilling and Meghan Trainor. The 2014 American Music Awards will broadcast live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.  Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989) and the only artist to have two singles hit No. 1 on Billboards HOT 100 Chart this year. Taylor is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and more than 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor’s album RED, released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week. The only other album to sell more than RED was her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, 1989, the highest selling release since 2002 and the only album to go platinum in 2014. 1989 sold almost 1.3 million albums release week topping Billboard’s Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release. 1989 has sold almost three million copies globally and tops Billboard Top 200 for a third week.  “Shake It Off,” the first single from 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S.  Her current single “Blank Space,” immediately skyrocketed to the top of the Hot 100 and iTunes chart on its debut.

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.  Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

The 2014 American Music Award nominations were announced last month, revealing six nominations for Iggy Azalea–the most of any artist.  Other top contenders include John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, who each earned five nominations, and Lorde who earned four.

As always at the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. For a full list of nominees visit AMAvote.com.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, streaming and social activity. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.

The American Music Awards is voted on by the fans. Winners will be determined through online and Twitter voting.  Voting began on October 13 for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s. Fans can vote once per day at the Coca-Cola AMA voting site, AMAvote.com, as well as once per day via Twitter by including the nominee’s name, category name and #AMAs within a tweet.

Voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s opened on November 1 and will remain open throughout the first hour of the ABC live broadcast on November 23, with the winner being announced in the final hour. Fans can vote via AMAVote.com and Twitter.

Preceding the ABC broadcast for the 6th consecutive year will be the “Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 AMAs” pre-show. The show will be hosted by Lance Bass, Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw, Franke Grande, Taryn Manning, Jordin Sparks, Morgan Stewart and Ted Stryker, and will feature performances by this year’s hottest emerging artists including Becky G, Ella Henderson, Katy Tiz, Mary Lambert and R5. Live coverage will stream online for fans worldwide starting at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT on November 23.  The live stream can be watched at ABC.com, TheAMAs.com and yahoo.com.

Once the show starts, the full digital experience kicks into high gear on ABC.com and the WATCH ABC app for smartphones and tablets.  Sponsored by Kohl’s®, the “AMAs Backstage Live” on WATCH ABC is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast.  Beginning at 8:00 PM ET, WATCH ABC viewers nationwide can choose between four different live feeds that deliver insider viewpoints into all the action happening on the show and backstage: Kohl’s Director’s Cut, Backstage and the Press Room. Verified pay TV viewers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Raleigh-Durham and Philadelphia can also access a live stream of the full awards show as part of WATCH ABC’s regular service. Once aired, the full show will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for 14 days.

The 2014 American Music Awards partners include Cumulus, Music Choice, Shazam, Time Warner Cable and Yahoo.

The 2014 American Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Co-Executive Producers and Larry Klein is producer.

For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.

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About the American Music Awards
The American Music Awards features performances from today’s hottest artists and presents fan-voted awards in the categories of Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM, Soundtrack, Single of The Year, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, and Artist of the Year.  The American Music Awards pays tribute to today’s most influential and iconic artists.  The show is produced by dick clark productions and is seen in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.theamas.com, www.dickclark.com or abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming, includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and the upcoming “Boom!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the “American Country Countdown Awards” (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards (CBS) and “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most  unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances, and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Entertainment Listings

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THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS
ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS

**Just Added**
DIE ANTWOORD – Sept. 28

 

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
A modern twist on timeless nights, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. is an ever-evolving experience where cocktail culture and culinary repertoire combine with spontaneous live entertainment blurring the lines between restaurant, bar, club and live entertainment. With hints of the past and a flair for the future, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. sets a new precedent for the night. A place made for conversation and destined for social magic —Rose. Rabbit. Lie. adheres to no standard model, follows no written rules. So sit back and speak easy, or sip in the scene. Let the night take the lead. Here, guests will never experience the same evening twice. Entertainment within the venue will continuously evolve, anticipate flights of performances all night from torch singers to a world-class house band, to pop and lock, syncopated dancers and neo-soul to acoustic sets and more.

 

Rose. Rabbit. Lie. opens at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday and features live music and entertainment. The food and beverage is curated by world-class partner Coastal Luxury Management. Guests can make dinner reservations via opentable.com or by calling 877-667-0585.

 

“Set Your Life To Music” Series
“Set Your Life To Music” series continues at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Boulevard Pool on Thursdays this summer. The highly-anticipated concert series provides a unique summer entertainment experience unlike any other at the heart of The Strip, offering guests the opportunity to see world-class performances as part of a dynamic concert lineup.

 

Theophilus London
Thursday, Aug. 28
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $18
Theophilus London, an emcee and singer from Brooklyn, New York, draws from a wide range of styles to create his genre-bending sound. The artist’s music, which encompasses everything from ghetto mythical fantasy to new wave landscapes, along with his unique fashion sense has landed him praise from design icons and brands alike. Hot on the heels of his genre-obliterating debut album, This Charming Man (2009), London’s latest full length album, Timez Are Weird These Days, was released through Reprise Records in 2011. A new record, executive produced by Kanye West and entitled Vibes, is scheduled for release in Fall 2014.

 

Las Vegas Local Band Showcase with Avalon Landing, Ekoh and Yaygos
Thursday, Sept. 4
8:30 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5
With a strong combination of pioneering attitude, reckless life choice and good timing, Avalon Landing came together during the summer of 2011. With just two visits to Las Vegas under their belts, core members Josh Rabenold (keys/vocals) and Clayton Cobb (lead guitar/backing vocals) made the 2,500 mile move across the USA to join their long time friend Mike Vargovich (guitar/vocals) for a music project that had been years in the making. Rounding out their roster, Avalon Landing found John Lloyd (drums) and Corey Surratt (bass/backing vocals), both of whom cut their teeth with the band on their Southwestern tour in support of Avalon Landing’s first full length effort Reside. The group can be seen live around the valley regularly, as well as heard on several Las Vegas radio stations.

 

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Thursday, Sept. 18
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley didn’t become a recording artist by taking the easy route. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948 and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bradley spent a good part of his childhood living on the streets. A transformational moment came when his sister took him to see James Brown at the Apollo Theater in 1962, and Bradley was struck by the singer’s energy and stage manner. Bradley escaped Brooklyn by joining the Job Corps and then spent years moving around the country and working odd jobs, before he eventually relocated back to Brooklyn to work on his dream of becoming a musician. Bradley began performing his James Brown-inspired routines in local clubs such as Black Velvet, where he attracted a loyal following and eventually captured the attention of Gabriel Roth from Daptone Records. Roth immediately brought the singer into label sessions, releasing a single, “Take It as It Comes,” showcasing what Bradley had to offer as a vocalist. During this time he also met guitarist Thomas Brenneck, who released Bradley’s full album, No Time for Dreaming (2011), on his Daptone Records sub-imprint, Dunham Records. The singer received global acclaim for the album and toured relentlessly to support it. His follow-up, Victim of Love, was released in the spring of 2013.

 

Jhene Aiko with special guest The Internet
Thursday, Sept. 25
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $18
R&B singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko first came to prominence while contributing vocals to several tracks for B2K in the early 2000’s.  She released her comeback mixtape, Sailing Soul(s), featuring collaborations with Drake, Gucci Mane, and Kanye West in 2011, single “3:16AM” in 2012 and shortly after that teamed up with Drake for an appearance on his highly anticipated album Nothing Was the Same. In November 2013 she released her debut EP, Sail Out, which included the tracks “Bed Peace” (featuring Childish Gambino) and “The Worst.”

 

HAERTS
Thursday, Oct. 2
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15
HAERTS is a New York-based band whose members hail from Germany, England and the United States. The long-distance collaborative project came into formation when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, the two musicians picked up additional collaborators Garrett Ienner, Derek McWilliams and Jonathan Schmidt. Working internationally, the group sent files back and forth, toiling on their tracks and eventually sculpting an indie electro sound brightened by Fabi’s Stevie Nicks-inspired vocals. The band’s first single, “Wings,” produced in collaboration with St. Lucia’s Jean-Philip Grobler, was released online in 2012 to great response from fans. A year, later the band’s Hemiplegia EP was released on Columbia Records and work was underway for a full-length album.

 

Dum Dum Girls
Thursday, Oct. 9
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15
In 2008, Kirstin Gundred (aka Dee Dee) began making solo recordings as Dum Dum Girls.  Dum Dum Girls’ first Sub Pop single, “Jail La La,” was released in early 2010, with the debut album I Will Be following soon after.  In 2011, He Gets Me High EP was released. Recorded just before her mother’s death, the record was cut by Dee Dee without her band.  A full-length sophomore album, Only in Dreams, appeared later that year featuring Dee Dee’s bandmates for the first time.  End of Daze followed in 2012, an EP consisting of tracks recorded just after the Only in Dreams sessions. The band’s third full-length record, Too True, released in 2014.

 

The Chelsea
Inspired by some of the world’s most iconic venues, The Chelsea is a 40,000 square-foot transformable space featuring remnant brick tiling, an eclectic collection of stage production props, a vintage lobby bar, private VIP opera boxes and a memorable grand staircase complete with a dramatic chandelier. The venue’s mophie stage attracts some of today’s hottest acts.

 

Ed Sheeran with special guest Rudimental
Friday, Aug. 29 & Saturday, Aug. 30
8 p.m.; Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 GA; Reserved prices starting at $55
Known for blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran is a genuine global phenomenon. The 23-year-old British singer/songwriter’s masterful debut album, +, entered the U.K. Albums Chart at No.1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut male solo artist to date and is now certified 6x platinum. Fueled by international hit singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House,” + has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum and gold sales in nine countries around the world. Additionally, Sheeran has accrued an array of international honors since the album’s release, including three Grammy nominations such as “Best New Artist.” Long acclaimed as a captivating and creative live performer, Sheeran has spent much of the last few years touring North America on back-to-back sold-out headline tours. His incredible live shows have appeared on the small screen through countless high profile television appearances including the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with Sir Elton John, the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and TODAY where he attracted one of last summer’s largest audiences to Rockefeller Plaza for the show’s annual outdoor concert series.

 

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Keith Urban with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge
Sunday, Aug. 31
8 p.m.; Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $75 GA; Reserved prices starting at $85
Despite being born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban has made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country music. By embracing drum loops and elements of Top 40 pop, Urban crafted songs that appealed to a wide audience, effectively satisfying his Nashville fans without alienating those more accustomed to pop music. The crossover artist has also become a genuine celebrity, known for his good looks, his marriage to Nicole Kidman and his judging gig with American Idol. Additional accolades aside, it’s been the music that has maintained Urban’s career, from his work with the Ranch during the late ’90s to the acclaimed solo albums that followed. The multi-talented star continues to shine from his position at the top.

 

Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All-stars Hosted by Kevin Hart as part of HartBeat Weekend
Friday, Sept. 5
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Doors at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tickets: Prices starting at $65
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart brings his wildly popular HartBeat Weekend to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The weekend kicks off with two comedic, stand-up performances of Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All-stars Hosted by Kevin Hart. Each performance, hosted by Hart, will showcase stand-up comedy from some of Hart’s favorite comedians and will feature a legendary surprise guest comedian to close the night.

 

Juanes
Friday, Oct. 10
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 GA; $40 Reserved
With seven solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of more than 16 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist – both a two-time GRAMMY and 19-time LATIN GRAMMY winner with nine No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts.  Hailed as “the first truly international rock star to emerge from Latin America”(Associated Press), Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of more than 17 million fans.

 

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers
Saturday, Oct. 11
8 p.m.; Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $45 GA; Reserved prices starting at $60
Emmy winner Seth Meyers added to NBC’s extraordinary late night legacy with the launch of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Feb. 24, 2014. Meyers began his TV career with “Saturday Night Live” in 2001. He completed his 13th season on the legendary sketch comedy program in December 2013 where he served as head writer for nine seasons and “Weekend Update” anchor for eight seasons. Viewers recognized Meyers for his sharp wit, satirical commentary on topical events and newsmakers, and hilarious interactions with the wide array of guests that visit the “Weekend Update” desk.

 

Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox House Party
Friday, Oct. 17; Saturday, Oct. 18
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Sold Out
Bruno Mars is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold more than 115 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox, this year’s Grammy winner for best pop vocal album, and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits. Bruno Mars and his eight-piece band The Hooligans are on a sold-out, 91-city world arena tour, most recently performing at the Pepsi Superbowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

 

The Black Keys with special guest Jake Bugg
Saturday, Nov. 8
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $75 GA; Reserved prices starting at $95
The Black Keys’ latest album, Turn Blue, comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single “Fever.”  NPR Music calls the album, “…expansive and irresistibly catchy,” while USA Today praises, “…an engrossing collection that takes daring leaps while embracing the primal energy and minimalism of the duo’s early records.”  The album follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum.

 

Amy Schumer
Saturday, Dec. 6
7 p.m.; Doors at 6 p.m.
Tickets: Prices starting at $45
As the funniest, freshest face on television, Amy Schumer is on the rise in the world of comedy with her blend of honesty and unapologetic sense of humor. The comic made her network debut in 2007 when she starred on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, co-starred on 30 Rock and received her own Comedy Central Presents special. Since then, she has appeared in critically-acclaimed series such as FX’s Louie, HBO’s Girls and more. On the big screen, Schumer has filmed the feature Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starring Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightley, as well as Price Check, an independent feature opposite Parker Posey that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The funny woman’s 2011 album, Cutting, placed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Charts and has been included on multiple Best Comedy Albums of the Year awards’ lists. Currently, Schumer is the creator, writer, executive producer and star of Inside Amy Schumer, the popular Comedy Central television series, which premiered in April 2013 as the network’s highest season premiere ratings of the year. This summer, she begins production on Universal’s Train Wreck, the feature film she wrote that will be produced by Judd Apatow and is scheduled to be released in July 2015. Schumer is a founding member of The Collective, a New York-based Theatre Company, and a graduate of The William Esper studio where she studied for three years.

 

Boulevard Pool
Boulevard Pool is a multilevel pool experience by day and an intimate outdoor concert venue with unobstructed sightlines of both the mophie stage and The Strip by night.

 

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley, “Moonshine in the Trunk” Pool Party, with special guests Love and Theft, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver
Wednesday, Aug. 27
8 p.m.; Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $59
Presented by CBS RADIO, country music superstar Brad Paisley will celebrate his upcoming album Moonshine In The Trunk by performing a variety of tracks, including the smash first single “River Bank,” as well as a number of his most popular singles. The renowned country music singer boasts numerous awards including three Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley earned the first of his 22 No. 1 singles in 1999, writing or co-writing 19 of them. Additionally, the superstar made multiple contributions to the new Disney animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, with a voice cameo as a pick-up truck named Bubba, as well as recording two songs for the soundtrack: “Runway Romance” and “All In.” Paisley is currently headlining his Country Nation World Tour presented by KRAFT Cheese.

 

Moon Festival with Johnson Lee and Yu Kiu (Ava)
Saturday, Aug. 30
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $49
Johnson Lee and Yu Kiu (Ava) bring an evening of Asian culture to Boulevard Pool. The Moon Festival features the two performers – Lee, a Hong Kong actor, celebrity impersonator, host and singer, known for entertaining audiences with his dynamic stage persona; and newcomer celebrity Yu Kiu, also named Ava, a charming Hong Kong vocalist, actress, hostess and beauty blogger who delights fans with her angelic voice.

 

Kendrick Lamar as part of HartBeat Weekend
Saturday, Sept. 6
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $55
Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who’s achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes, which caught the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment. The relationship led to a long-term association that helped raise the rapper’s profile. Lamar continued to release mixtapes under the K. Dot name before switching to his birth name on 2010’s Overly Dedicated. The rebranding was a success and the mixtape entered Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart that October. Lamar’s first official album, Section.80, was released as a digital download the following year and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 113. Dr. Dre dubbed the rapper “The New King of the West Coast” and signed Lamar to his Aftermath label. Lamar’s most popular album yet, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, was released in October 2012 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Three of its singles — “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Poetic Justice” and “B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe” — reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with each one enjoying lengthy stays on playlists of urban U.S. radio stations. More significantly, the album showcased Lamar as an exceptional storyteller capable of making compelling concept albums. Following the album’s release, Lamar was nominated in seven Grammy categories, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

 

Thirty Seconds to Mars with special guest DJ Crykit
Saturday, Sept. 20
9 p.m.; Doors at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $44
Thirty Seconds to Mars – comprised of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic – has sold over five million albums worldwide and the band’s videos have more than 500 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards, including a dozen MTV awards worldwide, a Billboard Music award and honors from New Musical Express (NME), Kerrang! and Fuse. The band’s fourth studio album LUST LOVE FAITH + DREAMS debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The first two singles, “Up In the Air” and “City of Angels,” shot to the top of the alternative charts.

 

DIE ANTWOORD
Sunday, Sept. 28
8 p.m.; Doors at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35
In 2009, rave rap duo DIE ANTWOORD burst onto the international scene out of South Africa. Early videos “ZEFSIDE” and “Enter the Ninja” racked up a combined 35 million views, crashing the band’s website due to the influx of traffic. DIE ANTWOORD went on to sign with Interscope Records in 2010 and released debut album $O$ shortly after. The group returned in 2012 with sophomore album TEN$ION featuring the anthem “I Fink U Freeky,” followed by its third LP, Donker Mag, in 2014.

 

Nas: Illmatic 20 Year Anniversary Concert
Friday, Oct. 17
10 p.m.; Doors at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $32
Ever since a 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source’s 1991 classic “Live at the Barbeque,” hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. With music in his blood courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, the self-taught trumpeter attracted crowds with his playing at age four, wrote his first verse at age seven and, with 1994’s Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Two decades on, Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candid rapper on the recently released Life is Good, his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.

 

Wiz Khalifa with special guest Chevy Woods
Saturday, Oct. 18
10 p.m.; Doors at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $35
BLACC HOLLYWOOD is the follow-up to Wiz Khalifa’s sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C. which was released December 2012, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” charts, and #1 on iTunes’ “Overall Albums” and “Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums” charts. Khalifa earned himself a nomination at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards for his Platinum-certified single, “Remember You,” featuring The Weeknd in the “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” category, adding to a career total of five nominations.

 

Book & Stage
A polished, masculine and comfortable setting, Book & Stage is a daytime live sports viewing lounge and by evening becomes a music performance-centric venue with popular acts.

 

Mariachi El Bronx
Friday, Sept. 12 – Monday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 p.m. to midnight
Mariachi El Bronx – the alter ego of acclaimed punk outfit The Bronx – are Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers, Ken Mochikoshi Horne, Vincent Hidalgo and Ray Suen. Since forming in 2002, The Bronx has redefined what punk means, releasing three self-titled full-length albums and a deluge of 7 inches and EPs. Mariachi El Bronx was conceived in 2006, in response to a request for The Bronx to do an acoustic performance on television. Mariachi El Bronx followed in 2009 and Mariachi El Bronx (II) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist chart in 2011.

 

Young Rising Sons
Friday, Sept. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 28 from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m.
Fueled by a fierce chemistry and brother-like camaraderie, New Jersey-based foursome Young Rising Sons delivers anthemic alternative-rock that’s uplifting, infectious and unshakably honest. As heard on their debut single “High,” lead singer/guitarist Andy Tongren, lead guitarist Dylan Scott, bassist Julian Dimagiba and drummer Steve Patrick give serious depth to their stylish, summery sound through fearless recognition of life’s less-than-sunny moments. With plans of devoting the rest of the year to touring and creating their full-length debut, Young Rising Sons are continuing to come up with songs that expand their sound and mine their many eclectic influences.

 

BOND
More than a lounge but not quite a club, more than a gaming pit but not quite a casino, BOND pulls together just the right elements of each. The result: a magnetic cocktail house where exotic things happen around all who walk inside. The epicenter of wildly poetic spectacle, carefully constructed yet seemingly spontaneous scenes fall into place with fascinating grace. A mash-up of LED art, live performance and upbeat house music, BOND toys with expectations drawing in passersby and compelling those within to stay. Seeming opposites commingle to infectious affect creating a scene no one can properly describe but everyone rushes to see.

 

DJ Stephi K
Monday, Sept. 1, 15 & 29 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
California-native DJ Stephi K developed a passion for music of all genres during her childhood. Inspired by artists such as Madonna and 2Pac, the budding performer began to write and record her own music, eventually developing her own unique style. Since her initial foray into the industry, DJ Stephi K has worked with several producers and has been featured on multiple hip-hop tracks. She’s performed live at venues throughout Southern California and starred in her own music video, “Play It Back.” DJ Stephi K now calls Las Vegas her home and continues to excel in the music industry with a confident attitude and strong presence that sets her aside from competitors.

 

DJ M!keAttack
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 16 & 30 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The fro. The smile. The larger than life presence with a personality to match and the jam-packed dance floor are signs of being under the influence of DJ M!keAttack. This technical DJ has the ability to manipulate music and boost any crowd’s energy from blah to bonkers. Known to “attack the crowd” with his undeniable demeanor and engaging and entertaining emcee skills, he performs live remixing that keeps crowds pumped, pounding and pulsing. With his high attention to detail and keen knowledge of lighting and sound, he creates an incomparable uniqueness at all of his events.

 

DJ Jeff Retro
Wednesday, Sept. 3 & 17 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Over the last five years, DJ Jeff Retro has been showing the dance floors of Las Vegas exactly what it means to feel the music. The Florida-native quickly made a name for himself in Sin City, securing coveted residencies in some of the top Las Vegas clubs. DJ Jeff Retro’s extensive resume includes opening for top artists such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Armin Van Buuren. In addition to his growing list of live performances, Retro’s original productions have been included on CD compilations with Kaskade, Major Lazer, David Guetta and more. DJ Jeff Retro’s popularity is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

DJ Roger Gangi
Thursday, Sept. 4 & 18 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Originally from New Jersey, Roger Gangi exploded on the Las Vegas scene in January 2006. Since then, hard work and dedication have given him the opportunity to spin at multiple properties on The Strip. Roger Gangi’s street cred runs deep as he has opened for big name DJs like David Guetta, DJ Skribble, Chris Cox and shared the stage with Estelle and Lil Jon. Expect the unexpected when you watch Roger Gangi perform live.

 

DJ A-TRAIN
Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
As one of Miami’s most versatile DJs, DJ A-TRAIN fell in love with the DJ culture while living in Tokyo, Japan as a teenager. He began collecting records before his return to the U.S. By age 16, he was DJing nightclubs all throughout Florida. A-TRAIN can now be found at Miami’s top night clubs, from South Beach to Wynwood and Downtown. When not in Miami, he is often turning out dance floors at the top clubs in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe and beyond. A-TRAIN takes pride in the art of carefully mixing a mélange of music while making bodies move ’til the lights come on.

 

DJ Earwaxxx
Sunday, Sept. 7 & 21 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Born and raised in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, DJ Earwaxxx has been surrounded by music his entire life. The grandson of a touring Jazz pianist, son of piano playing father and brother of a drummer, DJ Earwaxxx was destined to excel in the DJ world. The electronic powerhouse began this career while experimenting with vinyl and turntables in 1993. Following an equipment upgrade and a move to Las Vegas, DJ Earwaxxx found himself working for two of the most prestigious club groups, Tao Group and The Light Group, where he played for thousands every weekend. By incorporating flawless blends, impeccable scratches and intricate trick mixing, Earwaxxx proves that he is the future of DJing.

 

DJ Reaction
Monday, Sept. 8 & 22 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
DJ Reaction is a top tier Las Vegas DJ that always delivers an extraordinary performance. With more than 12 years of experience, DJ Reaction is known for his unique style, seamless blending and expert programming, which creates an unforgettable experience for anyone who listens to him play. The party powerhouse has worked several big shows, sharing the stage with hip-hop legends such as Rob Base, Digital Underground, Fat Joe and countless others. DJ Reaction is also recognized and well respected for his production talents.

 

DJ John Cha
Tuesday, Sept. 9 & 23 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“Music is life, and I am living” are the words that best describe John Cha’s passion and love for music. Cha describes his style as high energy, fun, creative, technical and interesting. He’s opened for the likes of Ciara, Naughty By Nature and Kelly Clarkson; worked at some of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas; headlined at venues in Mexico and Canada; and watched his DJ star rise with the speed and brilliance of a Roman candle.

 

DJ Cutso
Wednesday, Sept. 10 & 24 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
As a member of world-renown DJ/producer outfit The Bangerz (formerly Fingerbangerz), Cutso always brings his eclectic taste in music to the mix. Although DJ Custo discovered his craft at the age of eight, the budding producer did not start actively making music until he hit his early years. Now, following years of experience in party-rocking, infused with his history as a battle DJ, he produces a unique product every time he hits the tables. DJ Cutso’s music is said to elicit “superior good times had by all that have witnessed it.”

 

DJ Ryne Pineda
Thursday, Sept. 11 & 25 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
DJ Ryne Pineda is a singer, songwriter, music producer and DJ. Born into a creative family in Chicago, music has influenced his life for as long as he can remember. Pineda’s earliest memories are of watching his father perform at local hot spots in downtown Chicago, where Pineda volunteered his DJ skills to help out. Now living in Las Vegas, DJ Ryne Pineda has devoted his entire life to music. He can regularly be found spinning at various venues around the city, creating new tracks for local artists and working on solo projects to further advance his career.

 

PELIGROSA
Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Established December 2007, PELIGROSA is a collective of DJs, producers and visual artists reenergizing the sights and sounds of Latin Americas past, present and future. They promulgate the antiquity of the culture’s deeply-rooted sounds, cherishing its beauty, shedding light on its uniqueness and making it relevant to today’s audience.

 

DJ Zebo
Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
It is his genuine love of music paired with incredible deck acumen that propels DJ Zebo beyond the reach of all the other DJs. Although house and jungle dominated his early turntable diet, Zebo is a polygamous lover of music, hustling to find any opportunity to play, from loft parties to weddings, corporate parties, in-store events and fashion shows. DJ Zebo is also an instructor at Columbia College, and he runs the Chicago-based Hot Dog Records with partner Marco Morales. Recently, he was listed in URB Magazine’s “Next 100” issue and voted “Best Local DJ” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 by the Chicago Reader Viewer Poll. Yet for all his vaunted versatility, Zebo’s initial love of jungle seems to subconsciously permeate his music at peak hour, with bombastic basslines rolling underneath familiar hooks and clever samples.

 

DJ Four Color Zack
Friday, Sept. 26 & Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Four Color Zack is a technically-dazzling “DJ’s DJ” and pop-party rocker at the same time, deftly cutting between arena shows, Las Vegas mega clubs and underground parties. With his winning set at the Red Bull Thre3style World Championships in 2012, the Seattle record slinger showed the entire globe what it means to be the best behind the decks.

 

DJ Crykit
Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
As dynamic on the dance floor as she is behind the decks, Crykit is one of the most unique and refreshing entities the entertainment industry has to offer. With her intoxicating spunk, unmistakable fiery red hair and flossy sense of fashion, Crykit electrifies any crowd, leaving a lasting impression. Her passion for music and the arts drove Crykit to move from a small farm in Kenosha, Wisconsin to the big city of San Francisco. She quickly established a name for herself as a DJ in the thriving EDM scene as well as a dancer within the prominent B-Boy and B-Girl scene.  After a decade in San Francisco, Crykit moved to Los Angeles where her career continued to flourish. Now residing in Las Vegas, Crykit has studied and is versed in a variety of genres from funk, disco, house, hip-hop, EDM, rock, indie and Top 40.

 

The Chandelier
A living breathing three level architectural wonder created by 2,000,000 luminous beaded curtains of light, this multi-story visual spectacle houses three unique bar experiences: high-energy hot spot, sophisticated cocktail retreat and inviting lounge.

Mark and The Martinis
Friday, Aug. 29; Saturday, Aug. 30 & Sunday, Aug. 31 from 9 to 11:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 1 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Mark Verabian has fast become one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after entertainers. His range and vocal ability covers all styles of music, including jazz, R&B, rock, Latin and classical. Verabian’s baritone voice has also been combined with the talents of some of Las Vegas’ finest musicians and singers to form his sensational act known as Mark and The Martinis. A front man who has been called the new “Voice of Vegas,” Verabian never fails to delight audiences. His quintessential lounge act is known to take guests on a musical journey appealing to all generations.

 

Electro Swing Club
Friday, Sept. 5; Saturday, Sept. 6 & Sunday, Sept. 7 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Elestrong> ctro Swing Club evokes the feeling, nostalgia and fashion of the 1920’s and early 1930’s, bringing popular era’s past to the audiences and dance floors of today. Its modern twist on an old-time concept delivers evenings filled with dynamic entertainment and performances unmatched in fun. The group showcases renowned Electro Swing DJs and skilled Lindy hop and tap dance performers, combining the two to make a memorable night that most audiences have never experienced before.

 

Jennifer Keith Quintet
Thursday, Sept. 18; Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Vocalist Jennifer Keith is an American classic and a descendent of a line of entertainers. Many have described her as “the Doris Day of today” and “a pinup doll with a voice reminiscent of Peggy Lee meets Patsy Cline.”  Keith began her professional career appearing weekly at the beautiful Madison supper club in Long Beach, California, where she learned the classic vocal stylings of the jazz and pop singers of the 40’s and 50’s. She was heavily influenced by leading vocalists of the greatest era of music including Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Keely Smith, Julie London and June Christy. In 2010, the Jennifer Keith Quintet began an engagement every Friday and Saturday night in the Observation Bar aboard the prestigious Queen Mary in Long Beach. This in turn helped “polish” her group and has given her the reputation as the “premiere classic American quintet in Los Angeles.”

 

ABOUT THE COSMPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS:
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a luxury resort offering a decidedly different perspective. Located at the heart of The Strip, the resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. The Cosmopolitan’s luxurious resort amenities include a 100,000 square foot casino; Sahra Spa & Hammam and Violet Hour Hair Nails Beauty; three unique pool experiences; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, a multi-level integrated indoor/outdoor nightclub; 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space; 40,000-square foot performance and event space The Chelsea; and social club Rose. Rabbit. Lie., featuring world-class culinary offerings from Coastal Luxury Management.  An eclectic line-up of new-to-market retailers include:  AllSaints Spitalfields, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DNA2050, EATDRINK, Jason of Beverly Hills, Kidrobot, Molly Brown’s Swimwear, Retrospecs & Co, Skins 62 Cosmetics, Stitched and Utique. Signature restaurants include: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles Chef David Myers; Estiatorio Milos, by international restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by acclaimed Chef José Andrés; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group; bustling culinary food hall The Wicked Spoon; and The Henry, an all-day dining concept.

 

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RECAP/Photos: Drake Hosts at Body English Nightclub & Afterhours inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

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Renowned rapper Drake hosted his official concert after party at Body English Nightclub & Afterhours inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 22. The revelry kicked off as DJ Franzen and Future The Prince spun the recording artist’s biggest hits such as “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” “Started From the Bottom” and “Versace” as fans danced and sang along. Singers Miguel and Jhené Aiko, rappers Future and Yo Gotti, and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” actress Shay Mitchell were spotted partying alongside Drake into the early morning hours.

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About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC.  Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed.  Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub & Afterhours; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint  and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and 福Fú; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit hardrockhotel.com. Follow Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.