Haute Event: Cosmopolitan Rings in the New Year with Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder wows the crowd at Cosmopolitan for New Year's Eve.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas rang in 2012 and its first year by hosting a New Year’s Eve bash headlined by legendary artist, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder.

The evening began at 9:30 p.m. inside The Chelsea, the resort’s indoor concert venue, with an electrifying performance by DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Caitlin Moe followed by a set from Mayer Hawthorne & The County.  At 11 p.m., Wonder took to the main stage and rocked the crowd with hits such as “Master Blaster,” “Overjoyed” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” for over two-and-a-half hours, pausing momentarily to usher in 2012 with a celebratory countdown as the clock struck midnight. The crowd went wild later in the evening when Tyrese Gibson joined Wonder on stage to sing along for several songs, including “Superstition.”

Notable names in attendance at the celebration included Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, Master Chef and television personality Curtis Stone, singer Brandy Norwood, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky, Faye Resnick and Mark Foster of the band Foster the People.

A second New Year’s Eve party was held high above Las Vegas Boulevard at the Boulevard Pool. Those in attendance, as well as revelers down below on The Strip, were able to see and listen to a live broadcast of Wonder’s performance on The Cosmopolitan’s Strip-side 65-foot digital marquee. The party also featured premium views of the midnight fireworks.

Following their opening performance for Wonder, Mayer Hawthorne & The County took over Book & Stage and rocked a capacity crowd, The Chandelier featured the unique sounds of DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Caitlin Moe, and DJ Eddie Edge kept the crowd going late into the night at Bond. At Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub, DJ Kaskade rocked a sold out crowd.

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