Despite the fact that Pharrell arrived to his own dinner do at Tao an hour and a half late, he drew a fairly meaty crowd. Medium-to-rare Brit Spears came with new BFF Diddy, and an overdone Jamie Foxx swung before his cameo at Kanye's concert. Rumored twosome Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf were both there, but arrived separately, with Shia sneaking in the back door and making sure no one took his pic. Despite denials that they're dating, a Rihanna insider dishes they've been "spending a lot of time together" and that Ri's reportedly "giddy" over her new guy. Also spotted dining at Tao Saturday night: Ashlee Simpson and Internet penis parader Pete Wentz, with Joe Simpson chaperoning, as if that was going to help.
The preggers princess pop tart arrived with hub-unit Jordan Bratman and stuck to sipping Voss water at her VIP table. Paris Hilton also stopped by and hogged the spotlight and microphone, natch. "Congratulations to the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world," she told the crowd. "You're gorgeous!" Hope Nicole Richie didn't hear that! Adrian Grenier and Kevin Connnolly had a table nearby P, which she eventually visited before continuing on her club hopping way.
50 arrived to his bash held in the Hard Rock at Body English with an entourage of about 50 people, who rushed the carpet and caused complete chaos. The rapper took his time to pose for pics with Pare-poo, who'd arrived earlier and was waiting on the carpet, camera-ready. 50 swears his album will be better than Kanye West's, whose drops on the same day, but didn't have much reasoning when we asked him why.
"It already is," he offered. Okay, then. What do you like best about Vegas? "That it doesn't stop and that it keeps going," he dished. "It's like New York City but a lot more entertaining!"
Inside, his fete was definitely entertaining, as his entourage threw actual 50 dollar bills out at the crowd. His table included Paris, dancing badly and trying to get his attention, and later on, none other than P. Diddy and a somewhat slimmed B. Spears. Apparently, the bad blood between the two babes is over, we are so relieved.
We tend to think 50 and Kanye don't really hate each other, because both boys' parties were mere feet from one another's. Kayne's bash was also held at the Hard Rock, and guests like Eve, Ashlee Simpson and Petey Wentz and Lauren Conrad all came out to show their support. Kanye took the stage around 2 ayem, performing hit after hit to the packed house. He was also joined on stage by T-Pain and Jamie Foxx.
After finishing "You Can't Tell Me Nothing," the notoriously cocky rapper took a second to diss Britney in a freestyle verse. "Why the hell is Britney Spears opening the VMAs?," he rapped, saying that he should open the show instead. He also went on to diss Justin Timberlake, too. "Maybe it's time I change my skin," he finally finished. You can always count on Kanye to bring the controversy! Love him for that!
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Is there, uh, something more intimate going down between the two power mongers, perhaps? I mean, the Oval Office does have a pretty bad rep what with seminal fluid going in all different directions, right?
So, I rang up my erstwhile knowing Desk DeeCee, my hotline, as it were, to all things White House and Republican.