Star Sightings: Will Smith, Cardi B and Drake Hit Up Art Basel, Mel B Lives It Up in Las Vegas and More!
By Emily Krauser
World Red Eye
The celebs partied hard in Miami for this year's Art Basel!
It's always during the Floridian city's annual Art Week, and this year was no exception.
Cardi B rocked a long-sleeved nude mini with a sheer overlay, towering Christian Louboutin heels and long bright red locks when she arrived at LIV at Fontainebleau at 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 9 with an entourage of over 50 people. She drank a glass of champagne before making her way over to the DJ Booth at 3:05 a.m., then kicked off her Art Basel performance with her hit, “Bodak Yellow.”
Will Smith was joined by his son, Jaden Smith, and Owen Wilson at a Casamigos & Friends Art Basel event hosted by Barry Sternlicht and Richard LeFrak at The Beach Club at 1 Hotel South Beach on Dec. 7.
One night later, Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian enjoyed a post-wedding date night at a Beats by Dr. Dre and Dial Up event hosted by Pedro Cavaliere and Maurice Slade, where Jaden put on an impromptu performance early in the evening.
Drake and DJ Virgil Abloh put on a special performance at American Express’ immersive, experiential Platinum House during Miami’s Art Week on Dec. 7. The next night, the Canadian rapper also joined Lil Wayne on stage at The h.wood Group’s Bootsy Bellows takeover with Young & Restless, presented by Absolut Elyx & Perrier Jouet, at E11EVEN MIAMI.
DJ Mark Ronson spun tunes for the crowd at Perrier-Jouët’s Art Basel celebration at Miami Beach's ORA Nightclub on Dec. 7.
Rick Ross, Martha Hunt and DJ Irie held court at Maxim magazine and blue e-cig’s party at The Plymouth Miami Beach Hotel on Dec. 8, where 300 guests partied throughout the night with live performances as bottles of Ross' Belaire Champagne flowed.
Hannah Jeter made her first appearance since welcoming her first child with husband Derek Jeter, a daughter named Bella, at an exclusive cocktail party at W South Beach’s WET Pool on Dec. 7. The Art Basel kickoff party celebrated Sports Illustrated’s upcoming experiential weekend, SI Swimsuit Island, a three-day fundraising VIP experience that will debut in February in Miami to benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts to all islands affected this past hurricane season.
And Adrian Grenier had a very Instagrammable moment in front of a pair of Gran Centenario Tequila’s angel wings, which were custom-designed by muralist Kelsey Montague during Art Basel. The art exhibition at SIXTY Nautilus South Beach was for a cause -- for every pic posted with the hashtag #GCputWINGSon, the tequila company donated $10 to charities benefiting victims of the recent Mexico City earthquake.
Mel B was also living it up, though her very full weekend took place in Sin City. She took in a 10 p.m. performance of ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Dec. 7, taking pics with The Gazillionaire backstage after the show. The next night, she was spotted sipping Grey Goose at a stageside VIP table during DJ Politik’s set at Drai’s Nightclub atop The Cromwell. The America's Got Talent judge closed out her weekend by taking in Magic Mike Live Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec. 10.
Also in town, Kelly Osbourne was spotted at CliQue Bar & Lounge inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas after attending her pal, Dustin Lynch’s, concert.
On the feel-good side of things, Jussie Smollett was flanked by Alfre Woodard, sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Gabourey Sidibe at the Children's Defense Fund-California's 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Dec. 7. The event, which celebrated outstanding achievements of five Los Angeles high school students, was emceed by Conan O’Brien at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
And at the Pencils of Promise Annual Gala in New York City on Dec. 7, Yolanda Hadid accepted the first-ever Stuart Weitzman Vanguard Award on her daughter, Gigi Hadid’s, behalf and also shared advice she’s given both of her model daughters. “I always tell my girls, ‘What is the higher purpose of your journey? Why has the universe given you such an extraordinary platform and what are you going to do with it?’ This is the one thing that makes me so very proud as a mom, is to see your children give back to the world.”
It's holiday time in the city! James Arthur, a Pepsi Sound Drop artist, rang in the holidays with an intimate performance on Dec. 6 at Haus NYC, where he performed a medley of his hits -- including “Recovery” and “Certain Things,” his new song, “Naked,” and holiday favorite “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” -- as attendees sipped on specialty holiday cocktails featuring Pepsi Salted Caramel and Mountain Dew Holiday Brew.
Lady Gaga dressed up like a Christmas elf to celebrate the Haus of Gaga at Lucky Strike Denver on Dec. 10. “Happy Holidays from the #HausOfGaga. We love you and wish you lots of cheers and no tears! ?? #holiday#ladygaga #gaga #party photo by @alex.j.dolan,” Mother Monster wrote on Instagram.
In early December, Jake Paul hosted a pop-up shop inside a New York City warehouse, where approximately 15,000 fans showed up to check out his merchandise line and Instagram activation. Along with Team 10, a portion of sales proceeds were donated to the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association to help make their Blue Christmas program the biggest to date.
Fashion was of course a big part of the stars' outings. Sylvester Stallone and his wife attended the Nicole Frank Clothing Launch on Dec. 5 at the Sky Bar at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles, where celebrity attendees enjoyed VIVA XXXII Tequila cocktails as they checked out vintage scarves and modern luxe pieces.
Joe Jonas blocked his eyes from winter rays, looking studly on Dec. 10 in a pair of silver Privé Revaux sunglasses from the brand’s new Icon Collection. Great minds clearly think alike, because Fergie rocked a futuristic pair of “Rockstar” shades from them just one day earlier.
Jemima Kirke helped kick off the Milk Bar x Makewell collaboration with a VIP event hosted by Christina Tosi and Joyce Lee at the dessert chain’s Brooklyn, New York, studio on Dec. 6. Guests got to participate in DIY cake truffle-making with Tosi, denim apron chain-stitching by Ft. Lonesome, a mobile pizza oven by Roberta’s and cocktails by Jordan Salcito of RAMONA wine.
Outfitted in her SKECHERS Ultra Flex-Up Close sneakers, Brooke Burke-Charvet -- an ambassador for the shoe brand -- got in a quick park workout between press appearances for her new fitness app, Brooke Burke Body.
Let's not forget that it's gift-giving season! Tiffany Haddish took home a “She Read” candle from The 125 Collection after she stopped by The View in early December.
Some stars even jumped behind the scenes to help out this holiday season! Jimmy Buffett handed out burgers on Dec. 8 to help open the box office of the Marquis Theatre in New York City for his musical, Escape to Margaritaville.
Plus, after the Game Awards in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, Jerry O’Connell helped serve up McDonald’s menu favorites like McCafé Espresso beverages and French fries.
And who doesn’t want to peek into the life of the rich and famous? A luxury villa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, just hit the market. Jennifer Aniston was known to spend time at the $8.8 million home, featuring a 16-seat home theater, full spa and gym, and retractable sails around the pool for privacy. Hollywood real estate firm The Agency is representing the listing.