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Studio 54 closed its doors for the final time Saturday night (early Sunday morning) after more than 14 years at MGM Grand, and rapper, actor and entrepreneur LL Cool J hosted the final farewell. LL arrived at the nightclub in a black leather jacket, a fitted beanie and shades, and DJ Z-Trip joined him on the red carpet for photographs for media and with fans.
Once inside the nightclub, LL made his way to a VIP area overlooking partygoers. DJ Frankie warmed up the crowd with songs like Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and Mims’ “This Is Why I’m Hot” mixed with old-school jams that paid homage to the original Studio 54 in New York City.
“LL Cool J is in the house!” DJ Frankie said, which was followed shortly by LL and Z-Trip making their way to the stage for a performance. “Welcome to the final night of Studio 54!” LL exclaimed before launching into his hits “Going Back to Cali,” “Doin’ It” and “Phenomenon.”
Throughout his performance, LL pulled ladies onstage with him to dance, wished one fan a “Happy Birthday” and congratulated a bride and groom celebrating at Studio 54 in their wedding dress and tuxedo. LL concluded his performance with one last shout-out to Studio 54 as balloons fell from the ceiling.
LL returned to his VIP area, where he partied with friends into early Sunday morning. The club’s last hurrah included current and classic club hits and aerialist and dance routines that became synonymous with the legendary nightclub. Thanks to Bryan Steffy of Getty Images for his photo gallery and to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his video posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and arts and entertainment editor of LasVegasSun.com.
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