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Jay-Z, Beyonce, Champagne & Dining Mix to Revive Slumping Las Vegas

Las Vegas is definitely showing signs of perking up and bouncing back if popping champagne corks and dining on haute cuisine is any indication. 

What city needs Big Brother and trillion-dollar bailouts when you’re lucky enough just to have Jay-Z and wife, Beyonce, grace your presence?

Jay-Z and Beyonce battled preganancy rumors like true rock stars last weekend — by hitting up Las Vegas with gusto. After Jigga rocked out at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms alongside Young Jeezy and Trey Songz, he joined B at the hotel’s Mint High Roller gaming lounge around 4 a.m. 

Music mogul Jay-Z was also celebrity host and a big part of the crowd draw at Tao nightclub last Saturday night with Beyoncé. 

A colossal 3.9-gallon bottle of Ace of Spades champagne is now for sale at the Tao nightclub in the Venetian for $100,000, thanks to the big price boost that comes with Jay-Z’s autograph on the bottle Saturday. 

The bottle, known as a Nebuchadnezzar in the bottle family – only two in the world -holds five times the amount of bubbly that comes in a double magnum, but is only half of the king of champagne bottles, the 30-liter Melchizedek. 

Jay-Z featured the champagne in his 2006 video “Show Me What You Got” after Cristal boss Frédéric Rouzaud made some disparaging remarks about the music mogul’s fondness for Cristal. Jay-Z led a boycott of Cristal and switched his allegiance. 

The mega-club Tao, which opened in September, 2005, announced it had a monster night that didn’t include champagne imbibing last Saturday– a record 1,400 dinner covers on the restaurant side and more than 7,000 people going through the nightclub, another record. 

Then, further down the Strip at CityCenter, the Light Group nightclub Haze at Aria was the scene of an epic champagne-buying spree last Saturday night. A photo of the high roller’s receipt for $182,000-plus turned up on an Aria casino host’s Twitter site. 

According to the casino host, the big spender ordered super-sized bottles: one each of Cristal, Moet Chandon, Dom Perignon and an unidentified brand of vodka. 

He left a $30,000 tip on top of the automatic 20 percent gratuity. 

The man made the purchase after asking for an entire section of the nightclub. Told he would have to “buy big” for that to happen, he ordered the four bottles, which appear much larger than magnums.  A magnum holds two bottles, a Jeroboam four bottles and a Methuselah eight bottles.

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Is Las Vegas Beyonce’s Lucky Charm?

After a hugely popular and well received Las Vegas concert, it was announced on Tuesday that Beyonce and Lady Gaga each earned nine nominations for next month’s MTV Video Music Awards– more than any other artist. Beyonce

Reigning champ Britney Spears, another Las Vegas water-imbibing regular, continues her stiff musical comeback with seven nods for “Womanizer” and “Circus.” 

For video of the year, Beyonce (“Single Ladies”) faces off against Spears, Eminem (“We Made You”), Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”), and newbie, but strong contender Lady Gaga (“Poker Face”). 

Beyonce has only been nominated for video of the year once, losing her 2007 nod for “Irreplaceable” to, of all people, her husband, Jay-Z, and Rihanna for “Umbrella.”  Beyonce does have six wins out of 14 nods in various categories to console her. She contends for a slew more this year, with “Single Ladies” earning nine nominations in total, including best female and pop videos as well as six technical nods. 

Talks are on for Beyonce to return to Las Vegas to perform over the holidays.

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Ne-Yo Comes Back to Las Vegas Home, Launches First Headliner Tour

With a No. 1-selling album and six Grammy Award nominations this year already under his belt, Ne-Yo – the artist ne-yoformerly known as Shaffer Smith when he went to Rancho High School in Las Vegas – will now kick off his first tour as a headliner in his Las Vegas hometown this Thursday, February 5, at 8 p.m. when he performs at The Pearl at the Palms Casino& Hotel.                                                   

Oddly enough, Ne-Yo wasn’t studying music when in high school- he was there for visual arts, drawing and painting.  In fact, no one knew he could sing. 

Coming full circle, this Sunday at the Grammy’s he will be hob-knobbing with his competition including Jay-Z and Kanye West, each of whom also has six nominations. 

His Grammy nominations this year include Album of the Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album for “Year Of The Gentleman,” Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Closer” and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance; and, in the songwriter category, Best R&B Song for “Miss Independent,” and for “Spotlight,” recorded by Jennifer Hudson.

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