Ringing in the New Year – Vegas Style

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)

(Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

(Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

If you weren’t lucky enough to ring in the new year in Las Vegas this past weekend, you missed some of the hottest parties on the planet…

First, over at Caesars Palace, global superstar DJ and producer Calvin Harris performed an exclusive DJ set during a private engagement for over 3,600 guests.

Following his mind-blowing EDM showcase, guests were treated to yet another larger than life performance when Backstreet Boys took the stage. The best-selling boy band of all time captivated the audience with iconic songs including 90s classics “Everybody” and “I Want It That Way.” The production was actually a sneak peak of what’s to come as Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson prepare for their exclusive headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino (beginning Wednesday, March 1).

(Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / Wireimage)

(Photo Credit: Denise Truscello / Wireimage)

World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John returned to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his critically acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano.” Elton was accompanied by his band (with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper), and spotted in the audience? None other than Lady Gaga!

The end-of-the-year festivities continued at the iconic resort when Calvin Harris entered his element at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. Just after midnight, the turntable maestro made his way to the DJ booth and played an unstoppable set as guests celebrated an unforgettable start to 2017.

(Photo Credit: Aaron Garcia)

(Photo Credit: Aaron Garcia)

Meanwhile, over at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Ritchie performed at The AXISWu-Tang Clan were seen popping bottles at midnight while Kendrick Lamar took over Drai’s Nightclub at the top of The Cromwell.

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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