One of the hottest Pop Megastars in the world will be headlining the grand opening extravaganza at the all new SLS LAS Vegas. Amethyst Amelia Kelly, better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea will be performing her hit single “Fancy” in just a few hours in the all of the Style, Luxury and Service that the SLS stands for.
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The grand opening for the newest hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip this weekend will be one to be remember.
According to SLS Las Vegas, more than 3,000 VIPs, celebrities, political figures, members of the media and others are expected to attend a multi-million dollar grand opening party on Aug. 22.
Red carpet arrivals will begin at 7 p.m. Some of the guests scheduled to walk the carpet include Founder, Chairman and CEO of sbe Sam Nazarian, Culinary Director of SLS Las Vegas José Andrés, designer and Creative Director of SLS Las Vegas Philippe Starck, Lenny Kravitz, Sharon Stone, Jamie Foxx, Iggy Azalea, Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch, Dita Von Teese, Brittany Snow, JhenéAiko, Adam DeVine, JoJo, Pia Toscano, Shane West, Samantha Ronson, The Righteous Young, Chuck Liddell (UFC Champion), and Jermaine Jones(USMNT soccer player).
The party will feature a performance by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and a surprise guest. Azalea, whose song “Fancy” has been the hit of the summer, will perform at the Foxtail Pool stage, according to a press release from sbe Entertainment.
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The private grand opening party is sponsored by Pepsi, Beats Music and BMW.
SLS Las Vegas will open to the public at midnight Aug. 23. At the same time, guests and VIPS will enjoy a state-of-the-art pyrotechnical performance by the world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci, the same company previously responsible for fireworks in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. According to Phil Grucci, the company has created a one-of-a-kind fireworks display that reflects the luxurious and stylish standards of SLS Las Vegas.
For those wishing to attend the opening, parking at the hotel-casino will only be available in the lot just south of the property. The lot is accessible from Paradise Road. Guests can also access the resort directly via the Las Vegas Monorail. Las Vegas police officers will be on hand to direct traffic that night.
The new hotel-casino offers more than 1.600 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers; 80,000-square-feet of meeting space; and a collection of sbe’s acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands.
Nightclubs and bars include Hollywood favorite The Sayers Club; the edgy and sophisticated nightclub Foxtail; and mega-club, LiFE. Upcoming performers at LiFE include EDM DJ/producer Borgore on Sept. 5; Chris Lake on Sept. 6; EDX on Sept. 7; and Fatboy Slim on Sept. 20.
By Joyce Lupiani.
SLS Las Vegas is the newest kid in town with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites to offer. As a product of Sam Nezarian’s SBE and under the creative direction of Philippe Starck, a little bit of Southern California flair now resides on the Las Vegas Strip. It is the much buzzed about boutique hotel that combines elegance, style and glamour.
Designed with soft palettes, stirring chandeliers, and an intimate setting, guests here can unwind at the Ciel Spa, visit the Frank and Leo Salon, or shop at the Fred Segal Collective comprised of seven boutique stores. For dining, their eclectic restaurant selection includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck, Cleo, and more.
Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in Sydney, Australia. Her family relocated to Mullumbimby, New South Wales, when she was still an infant. The family lived in a house that her father built by hand from mud bricks, surrounded by 5 hectares of land. Her father was a painter and comic artist, while her mother cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Azalea says her father “made her look at [art]as a teenager”, which has always influenced her life and work. Azalea began rapping at age 14. Before embarking on a solo career, Azalea formed a group with two other girls from her neighbourhood: “I was like, I could be the rapper. This could be like TLC. I’ll be Left Eye.” Azalea eventually decided to disband the group because the other girls weren’t taking it seriously: “I take everything I do serious [sic]. I’m too competitive.”
In pursuit of her desire to move to America, Azalea dropped out of high school. She worked and saved the money she earned by cleaning hotel rooms and holiday houses with her mother. She claims to have hated school, which, apart from art class, only made her miserable. She also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits. Azalea travelled to the United States in 2006, right before she turned 16. She told her parents she was going “on a holiday” with a friend, but eventually decided to stay and shortly afterwards told them she was not coming back home: “I was drawn to America because I felt like an outsider in my own country, I was in love with hip hop, and America is the birthplace of that, so I figured the closer I was to the music, the happier I’d be. I was right.” She recalled: “My mum was crying, saying, ‘Just be safe.’ I was thinking, ‘I’m going by myself. I’m fucking crazy!” After her arrival in America, she obtained her GED and resided in the U.S. on a visa waiver for six years, leaving the country every three months to renew it. She is currently in the country on a five-year O visa, having previously earned money illegally.
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Azalea’s often-delayed and long-awaited debut album, The New Classic, was released on 21 April 2014. Upon its release, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 52,000 copies in the United States. The New Classicwas the highest-charting female rap album since American rapper Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). Azalea also logs the highest bow for a female rapper’s debut album since Pink Friday (2010), which had entered at number two with 375,000 copies sold. Azalea was then featured on American singer Ariana Grande’s single “Problem”, which was released on 28 April 2014. The song was released as the lead single from Grande’s second studio album. Around this time, Azalea also appeared on Jennifer Lopez’s eighth studio album, A.K.A. (2014).
On 28 May 2014, The New Classic‘s fourth single “Fancy”, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, with Azalea becoming only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. On the same day, Ariana Grande’s single “Problem“, featuring Azalea, rose to number two on the Hot 100, with Azalea becoming the only artist since the The Beatles, to rank at numbers one and two simultaneously, with their first two respective Hot 100 hits. “Fancy” also topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. On June 24, 2014, Azalea’s song “Black Widow”, featuring Rita Ora, was serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio, as her debut album’s fourth single in the US.
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