To save time, here’s the list of celebrities who weren’t at the Jay-Z/Coldplay show for the Cosmopolitan’s New Year’s Eve bash: retired professional baseball player Steve Balboni, former Small Wonder star Tiffany Brissette, Selena Gomez-cradle-robbing-victim Justin Bieber. That’s it. Everyone else, including former Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, was there. And she died in June.
Here’s a sample: Gwyneth Paltrow, naturally. Cameron Diaz and Alex Rodriguez, Marc Anthony and J-Lo, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Kirsten Dunst, Lance Bass, B.J. Novak, Aziz Ansari, Timothy Olyphant, Channing Tatum, Sugar Ray Leonard, etc. If they were in a film, television show, sports arena, recording studio, touring production or high school play, they were at the Cosmo.
For making the trip, all those celebs got to see an all-star stage of collaborators coming and going. They also got to see Coldplay. The British living-soundtrack-to-your-secretary’s-morning-drive act banged out 12 songs around the midnight countdown, and then mostly got out of the way for Jay-Z—who joined them on “Lost One,” anyway.
Hov got Kanye West onstage for “Run This Town,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Runaway.” John Mayer played on “Public Service Announcement” and “99 Problems.” Beyoncé did “Young Forever” and, with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, “Halo.”
After the show, the party moved to Marquee for the club’s grand opening night. Diddy, who had been hosting at LAX, turned up, while Yeezy and Jay-Z burned through “Runaway” and “Monster” before Rihanna got up with both of them for “What’s My Name?”
It didn’t wrap up until 5 a.m. when every celebrity got their turn to duet with Jigga, up to and including a spirited version of “Renegade” with Olyphant doing the Eminem parts. (And how much would you pay to hear that track actually happen—$10,000 opening bid, right?)