It was certainly a celebratory evening in Las Vegas last night as the Billboard Music Awards welcomed in musicians and celebrities for the annual awards show at MGM Grand Garden Arena. But in the midst of all of the awards, the show did turn somber at times, as attendees paid tribute to some of the industry’s biggest stars that have recently passed away.
The BMA’s had already planned a tribute for Whitney Houston in which John Legend performed Houston’s emotional “Greatest Love of All” at his piano and Jordin Sparks sang Houston’s biggest hit “I Will Always Love You.” Disco Queen Donna Summer, who passed away just two days before the awards show was honored as Natasha Bedingfield remembered Summer’s with a rendition of her hit “Last Dance.” And just before the show, the tragic news of Bee Gee Robin Gibb’s death broke. While there wasn’t much time to plan a tribute, Gibb was remembered with Modern Family star Julie Bowen saying, “His voice and the music of the Bee Gees will live on forever."
Dave Scott of "The Australian Bee Gees Show" at the Excalibur who portrays Robin said in a statement released Sunday: "I have been impersonating Robin Gibb for 15 years as a member of The Australian Bee Gees Show. It’s like part of Robin has become part of me over this time. Now that he is gone, I feel that something of myself is missing and yet I have gained so much. His extraordinary talent, generosity and kindness will be sadly missed by myself and countless others all over this world. God bless Robin Gibb. May he rest in peace."
Producers for "The Australian Bee Gees Show" said they would acknowledge Gibb's passing during today’s show. Rest in Peace, Robin.
In other celebrity news, actress Kirsten Dunst enjoyed some late night partying at Hyde Nightclub in the Bellagio on Saturday. The “Spider-Man” star and some friends sat at a VIP table in Hyde’s DJ booth above the dance floors.
Also on Saturday, Nikki Reed celebrated her 24th birthday at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan. Her husband Paul McDonald of American Idol, her brother Nathan Reed, fellow actress Alexa Vega and friends joined the Twilight star.
On Sunday, Sky Blu of LMFAO debuted his monthly DJ residency “Who Came To Party!?” at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. The Grammy Award-nominee had a busy Sunday as he performed an electrifying set for a sold-out crowd before heading to the Billboard Music Awards for his second performance of the day.
Blu hit the DJ booth at 2 p.m. where he opened with his hit “Party Rock Anthem.” He continued to keep the crowd dancing with “Sorry For Party Rocking,” “Sexy And I Know It,” “We Came Here To Party” and more.
Stay tuned for more BMA news.