Ne-Yo and VEVO Host a Rockin’ AMA Bash
Candace Abbott: I’m starting to believe that with a Windows 7 Phone you can end up just about anywhere.
I was saved last night from another Sunday of reality television and Trader Joe’s Cheese Puffs, courtesy of my little device, which somehow landed me on the black carpet for a post American Music Awards happening. The fete was hosted by VEVO and R&B sensation, Ne-Yo, who brought along a few of his friends to liven up the party.
First up, a black carpet arrival from Sharon Leal, one of Hellcats’ stunning actors. The girl looked fabulous in an Alice + Olivia number and peep-toe, leopard-print Michael Kors platforms, while gushing about her love for Stella McCartney (that ‘a girl). Between journalist chatter about Marc Jacobs glasses at an AMA gifting suite — Windows and I didn’t make it there — and the usual carpet clamour, Cheryl Burke rolled in with what seemed to be the evening “must have,” a cropped leather jacket. I was wearing mine too (my weather app told me to do it). Jada Marie, one of Ne-Yo’s artists signed to Motown made her way in and chatted us up on how she and buddy, Katy Perry wrote a song together. The doll even posed for a photo, which I easily sent to Twitter, compliments of the Twitter for Windows app. And Tiffany Hines, an absolute beauty from “Nikita” spoke candidly about how much she’s loving Ne-Yo’s new album, Libra Scale. Obviously, my phone and I were digging the black carpet scene and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But it went from great to grand as Miss Keri Hilson arrived in a knock out dress, Armani shoes and her two-toned ‘do — she said she needed to “Step it up a bit, this is Ne-Yo.” She also chatted about how excited she was for Justin Bieber. Aww celeb love. The man of the hour, Ne-Yo, finally arrived in a tailored burgundy number and his quintessential hat. A proud papa spoke about his new daughter and how thrilled he was for the evening’s happenings.
Once inside I found a spot near Whitney Port and her beau Ben Nemtin, who were laughing and dancing as lovers do. The house was packed with everyone from Mike “The Situation,” who glanced my way, to Brandy and Ray J., Ke$ha, Megan Good and the list goes on, my friends. Windows 7 and I were elated to be there. Especially when 90210’s Tristan Wilds helped us through the o entrance with a chivalry that is sometimes dead in this town.
Around 11:55, the show started and I (wearing a different and somewhat less painful pair of platforms), was so anxious. Ne-Yo opened up with his hit, “Champagne Life,” a nod at the freely flowing Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial. To follow up a surprise performance from P.Diddy and Dirty Money literally rocked the house. He performed throwbacks like “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” and newbies like “Hello Good Morning.” Stellar. His energy was killer and Jenny McCarthy and friends were totally feeling the music. Shortly after Kelly Rowland hit the stage (her look channeling Josephine Baker) with her single “Grown Woman.” Keri Hilson sang a duet with Ne-Yo — ”Knock You Down” — and her latest, “Pretty Girl Rock,” which she belted out with an unmatched talent. Ne-Yo sang one of my favorites, “Miss Independent,” and added a info on the song, telling the crowd that all of his songs mean so much more, especially this one, now that his daughter is here (the little bundle was born on the 12th). Can we say precious? Mix in a little Jamie Foxx and some more star power and it was a fanciful evening.
I left with a roll full of video to share with my friends, a heap of photos for Facebook, a couple of tweets and a flirty “excuse me” from a handsome gentleman, who resembled Trey Songz. Thanks, for being my plus one, Windows Phone.