There’s nothing like a lesser awards show to really bring stars together in an orgy of—wait for it—red-carpet stalking and after-party mingling. But there are always the cool kids who are just a little bit cooler than the other cool kids, and they can’t be content with mere private club functions and a shared love of elaborate gifting suites.
After the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, the show’s Top Social Artist and Top R&B Artist, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown—the pop world’s transitioning-into-manhoodest and girl-punchingest stars—got together at N9NE Steakhouse for dinner with an assembled crew of about 30.
To be fair, it’s not like Brown had plans to go see Battleship over the weekend.
The Biebs was also spotted at DJ Vice’s sneakertorium at the Cosmo, CRSVR, where they closed the store down for Bieber, a few security guards and a friend. Marquee staff and guests were clocking the shopping while Bieber loaded up on socks and tank tops. Maybe he had an emergency game of pick-up basketball to get to or something.
The official after-party, meanwhile, went down at 1 Oak, with a roster headed by Stevie Wonder mixing it up with a crowd mostly born after he was already at least 12 Grammys into his career, including Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, Usher, Wiz Kahlifa, the Far East Movement, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cee-Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks, Gavin DeGraw, LMFAO, The Wanted and Brown. Awards show hosts Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen of Modern Family only stuck around for moments before hightailing it out to Lily at Bellagio.
The industrious Green also turned in a May 19 performance at Surrender. He must’ve been doing some prep work on Loberace, too—right through lunch. Dita Von Teese, in town for her show Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!, Tweeted, “I just heard a rumor that Cee Lo had the audacity to casually set his slice of pizza on Liberace’s piano.” Oh, settle down. Liberace probably left takeout from the Riviera’s coffee shop there all the time.
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