I attended the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards presented at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles last night. Hosting the award show was former defensive end for the New York Giants Michael Strahan. During his slime filled event he provided plenty of laughs, competitions and amazing energy for the young fans celebrating some of the biggest names in sports. During the half-time show, Michael hosted a competition involving a slime dunk tank! Michael poked fun at Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald and the Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, who were competing in the Power Dunk Tank Challenge.
The show’s performers include Pharrell Williams and Florida Georgia Line. Will Arnett, Megan Fox, Nick Cannon, Landon Donovan, Metta World Peace, and Anna Faris are among the night’s many presenters. Some of the athletes that took home awards were Kevin Durant for Best Male Athlete, Gabby Douglas for Best Female Athlete, Dez Bryant for Favorite Catch and Russell Wilson for Favorite Newcomer.
The 2014 ESPYs was a great event at the Nokia Theatre in lovely Los Angeles last night. Lets be honest, we were all skeptical when it was announced that Drake would be this year’s host. Many said it would either be a hit or miss. In my opinion, Drake was definitely a hit. He made many jokes throughout the night. My personal favorite was his jab at basketball player, LeBron James, for deciding to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hopefully Drake’s joke provided the perfect amount of light hearted humor to help fans who are still bitter about LeBron’s original choice to leave Cleveland. Now, lets not all forget the former Degrassi star calling out Macklemore as he introduced his performance of “Honorable Mention.” Drake stated, “Real talent doesn’t win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” The Canadian rapper was definitely, “Goin’ In” on the Thrift Shop rapper, when a picture of Macklemore holding a Grammy appeared on the screen.
Along with great performances and skits bringing the crowd to laughter, there were also many inspirational and moving moments. Sportscaster, Chris Berman, introduced a tribute video for athletes that passed away this past year. Stuart Scott won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, and showed us all a different side of himself with a powerful acceptance speech about his battle with cancer.
Many celebrities and athletes (shocking I know) were in attendance. Everyone’s favorite skateboarder and heart throb, Nyjah Huston, who won the Best Male Action Sports Athlete Award, looked stylish as always rocking a leather jacket and tie. Brandon Flowers, cornerback for the San Diego Chargers, looked so good in his blue suit, staying classy as always. Also rocking the blue suit look was Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The football star showed some skin last night on the red carpet, and by skin I mean his ankles. Some say its style, but I say Colin clearly forgot to put on socks last night. I do not think the sock less look will help with the prevention of athlete’s foot, just saying. All and all, this year’s ESPY awards will definitely be one to remember, however I am a little bitter that Drake did not catch on to the new trend of feeding the audience during award shows.
Last night athletes from around the world arrived at Lure in Hollywood for the ESPN’s BODY at ESPY’s Pre-Party. Beautiful, long, lean and toned athletes posed on the red carpet before indulging in a night of celebration. Olympians Julia Mancuso and Jamie Anderson worked the room laughing, drinking and celebrating a year of success.
Throughout the evening other athletes mingled and conversed about their big wins, titles, championships and upcoming affairs. To see all of these athletes and their beautiful bodies watch the 2014 ESPY Awards hosted by Drake, tonight on ESPN at 9 pm/ET.
There was no better place to watch the World Cup than at the Bounce Sporting Club viewing party. Everyone had a great time rooting for their favorite teams at the fabulous Stadium Red Estate in Sag Harbor. This was a great event sponsored by FIJI water, and the viewing party was a great excuse for a weekend getaway to the Hamptons. The venue was an absolutely perfect location for the viewing party, with great space and an amazing pool. Many NY Giants were in attendance including Jason Pierre-Paul and Stevie Brown, as well as Rapper, Busta Rhymes. I’m pretty confident Stevie Brown is the only person in 2014 that can still pull off cargo shorts. Jason, Stevie and Busta were spotted keeping it classy as always sipping on Rosé champagne and laughing together as they watched the game. Everyone had an amazing time during this Sunday Funday celebration whether their team won or lost thanks to an amazing performance by Busta Rhymes after the game ended. The Bounce Sporting Club in New York hosted a fabulous event and I will definitely be at all of their future viewing parties.
Last night’s Sex Tape premiere at Westwood’s Village Theatre was filled with stars such as Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Alan Thicke, Hannah Simone, Carrie Preston, Robb Corddry, and Constance Wu. Cameron Diaz, who stars as the leading lady in Sex Tape, surprised many with her conservative outfit choice for the red carpet premiere of her new film. The 41 year old wore an elegant Stella McCartney midnight blue jumpsuit decorated with gold polka dots. Diaz paired the outfit with Prada shoes, a gold bangle, and a bold red lip. Sex Tape’s leading man Jason Segel also took a simple and classic approach to the premiere, wearing a sharp black suit paired with a white shirt.
The film’s red carpet had some fun additions for guests, such as a Sex Tape themed game of Twister. Patrick Schwarzenegger was also photographed climbing into bed – a fake bed, that is! Keeping in theme with the film’s theme and fun atmosphere, a bed was added for Sex Tape’s photo booth, complete with sheets and pillows. The fans also got into the spirit of the movie, dressing in Sex Tape pajamas.
The Ray Donovan Season 2 premiere this past Wednesday, July 9th, was a great event hosted at the fabulous Nobu Restaurant in Malibu. The whole cast was there including Liev Schreiber, who looked handsome as always in his grey suit. They all looked like they were having fun on the red carpet posing for pictures, and definitely makes one assume that filming on set together must be a good time. It was great seeing musician, Cisco Adler, in attendance who recently released his new album “Coastin.” If you have not given the album a listen yet, you need to. I think the biggest fashion statement of the night was made by the lovely, Andrea Bogart. The actress rocked a blue jump suit styled by Amber Kekich, from the Again Collection. The outfit was the definition of deep V-neck with her cleavage clearly exposed, but Andrea looked gorgeous as always.
Nobu was the perfect location for the premier and after party. The sushi was divine, and I definitely think Nobu has made my top 5 sushi restaurant list. If the delicious food was not enough, the view over the ocean was the perfect scenery. LeAnn Rimes and husband, Eddie Cibrian, definitely won the cutest couple award at the after party. The two are definitely not shy about their PDA, but LeAnn and Eddie are so cute together that the PDA was justified. The best part of the evening was hands down the surprise fireworks. The premiere was a great end to the Fourth of July weekend.
Last night Tammy premiered at the TCL Theatre in Hollywood. The movie’s star, funny girl, Melissa McCarthy was in attendance with her husband (who I can’t help but think of Bridesmaids every time I see a picture of them together). After seven years of working to turn their concept into a feature film, comedic couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone said the premiere of “Tammy” was not only the final step to completing a long-awaited project but also one that hit close-to-home — literally. McCarthy and Falcone, who both hail from small towns in Illinois, said Tammy represented themselves and their aspirations when they were younger and still living in Middle America. Susan Sarandon looked beautiful as always and graced the carpet with her pregnant daughter. Funny guy, and also executive producer, Will Ferrell was in attendance as well.
After the film, the aud trekked over to the afterparty held at Mel’s Drive-In. The diner was turned into the film’s fictional fast food restaurant, Topper Jack’s, for the night. Guests could re-enact McCarthy’s robbery scene at thebooth and were offered diner food goodies including bite-size hamburgers, apple pies and milkshakes.
The BET awards kicked off last with Pharrell performing his new hit “Come Get it Bae.” The Happy singer, who also won Video of The Year, brought out Missy Elliot who performed “Pass that Dutch.” Pharrell of course rocked his infamous hat, and made quite the fashion statement with his bright yellow sneakers. Another fashion statement was made by the lovely Zendaya with her unique Hip Hop chic look. The triple threat walked confidently down the red carpet after officially announcing she will no longer be staring as Aaliyah in the upcoming movie about the late singer. Chris Rock had the crowd dying of laughter with his opening stand up, making jokes about everyone from Chris Brown to Jay-Z. If Chris Rock did not win the crowd over with his jokes, he definitely did when he fed all of us in the audience with Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. It was not the most original of ideas since Ellen DeGeneres started the trend by feeding the crowd pizza at the Oscars a few months ago, however I am not complaining.
There were many amazing performances by Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Usher, Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, and Iggy Azalea just to name a few. Usher did an amazing medley of his beloved hits and his new single “Good Kisser.” This Atlanta native definitely showed us all that he still got it, and it was personally one of my favorite performances. John Legend, Ledisi, and Yolanda Adams sang their hearts out in a tribute to Lionel Richie, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Sadly someone who works at BET made a huge mistake and spelt Richie’s last name wrong, spelling it “Ritchie.” Seriously, who spells Lionel Richie’s name wrong?! I will say though the typo created a hilarious twitter hashtag, so at least one positive thing came from it.
August Alsina won the Best New Artist award and put rumors of his suggested dispute with Trey Songz to rest when he performed, “I Luv This Shit”, with Trey and Chris Brown. Brown also performed “Loyal” with Tyga and Lil Wayne last night. This was the singer’s first performance since his recent jail release. Let’s all not forget to discuss the starship singer, Nicki Minaj’s, controversial acceptance speech. The singer made it well known that she writes her own lyrics which many took as an insult aimed towards Iggy Azelea. Nicki made it clear she was not casting, “shade,” to anyone. For those like me who had no idea what “shade” meant, the word translates to “not meaning insult towards anyone.” The focus of the discussion about her speech should be on Minaj’s statement that she had a near death experience. She logically did not want to go to the hospital because TMZ might report about it. Do not worry fans, she luckily had a realization that a potential TMZ headline is not worth dying over. Nicki, we know you are a skilled rapper, winning Best Female Hip Hop Artist five years in a row. Do not worry about the “haters,” and stay fabulous and HUMBLE. My biggest heart breaking moment was when I found out the closing performance by power couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, was not a live performance. Over all, BET hosted an amazing award show and these performances are definitely ones that will be remembered.
Last night sultry R&B singer, Robin Thicke, kicked off the weekend with his private album release party at 1Oak in West Hollywood. The listening party was sponsored by RevoltTv and was an event filled with music enthusiast from all over the area. Music industries finest were there such as Andre Harrell, to show support to the R&B singer. Actress/Model, Cherub Moore was in attendance as well. The crowd was truly enjoying themselves while they listened to him sing hits such as “Get Her Back” of the new album, Paula as well as his infamous hit, Blurred Lines which is set to be released on July 1st. The album is rumored to be a tribute to his estranged wife, Paula Patton but Robin definitely left his broken heart at the door and totally rocked out for his fans last night. He was also spotted leaving the party with a mysterious brunette.
Singer, dancer and actress, Zendaya Coleman, sang her heart out yesterday at the Hollister Beach House in Santa Monica yesterday. She definitely showed the crowd that she is more than just a Disney Channel star. The triple threat has an amazing voice and unique style. The California native rocked a casual hip hop look involving a black crop top, white baggy shorts, and white sneakers. She completed her outfit with a silver bracelet, necklace, and large watch. Personally I am not a fan of the baggy pants look, but the classy jewelry was a great touch.
It was so clear that Zendaya’s fans are important to her. She took many pictures with fans and even took a selfie with a fan’s phone during her performance. I was thoroughly impressed by her multitasking skills on that one. Disney Channel star, Peyton List, was at the Hollister House in support as well as Zendaya’s Dancing with the Stars partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. I had so much fun at her performance and she has a phenomenal stage presence. Zendaya is definitely someone we should all keep our eye on.