Backbeat: Billboard’s BBMA Welcome Dinner at Hakkasan Las Vegas

From left: Miguel, his manager Phillana Williams, Billboard's Bill Werde (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

 On Friday Night, Billboard hosted a special Billboard Music Awards welcome dinner presented by Samsung Galaxy S4 at the brand-new Hakkasan nightclub/restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel. Several dozen VIPs in town for the big show gathered over food and drinks to check out Samsung’s new phones, a display case of its tablets, and to exchange ideas and talk, of course, about Sunday night’s awards.

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From left: Guggenheim's Gail Evertz (left) with Prince manager Julia Ramadan (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

Capitol Records' Mike Flynn (left) and Adam Leber of management  (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

From left: Guggenheim's Ross Levinsohn and Gail Evertz, Bill Werde and Billboard Group's John Amato
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Michael Bolton's manager Christine Kline (left) gets a Samsung lesson (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

Artists in the house included Miguel -- who enthused about playing the same show as Billboard Icon honoree Prince, whom he said he’s never met -- and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid. Execs included Guggenheim’s Ross Levinsohn and Gail Evertz, Billboard Group president John Amato, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Prince manager Julia Ramadan, Will.I.Am management’s Adam Leber, Miguel management's Phillana Williams and Darla Blanchard, Vector Management’s Jack Rovner, Interscope’s Dennis Dennehy, Shania Twain/Kasey Musgraves' manager Jason Owen, Harmonix Music’s Cheryl Gehbauer, Michael Bolton manager Christina Kline, Band Perry management’s Erik Peterson, Wynn’s Jonathan Schecter and Jesse Waits, and others. 

Billboard's Bill Werde adressing the room. (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

From left: Miguel, Billboard's Jem Aswad and Harmonix's Cheryl Gehbauer (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)

After a couple of hours the party moved upstairs to the Hakkasan’s lavish -- and packed-to-the-gills -- nightclub for a raucous DJ set from Calvin Harris (who last month broke one of Michael Jackson’s chart records in the U.K. by spawning eight Top 10 hits from his album “18 Months”), showing just how much fun you can have in a single night in the 80,000-square foot venue, which has been estimated to have cost anywhere between $60 and 80 million.

From left: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid with Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy)