Haute Event: LL Cool J Throws the Final Bash at Studio 54

After more than 14 remarkable years on the Las Vegas Strip, Studio 54 at the MGM Grand closed its doors for good last night with an unforgettable celebration hosted by LL Cool J.

The line to enter the iconic nightclub for one last time spilled out to the casino floor, abuzz with hopeful bettors hoping to win big during Sunday’s Big Game.

LL Cool J arrived at the venue looking fly in a black leather jacket, fitted beanie and shades. He was joined on the red carpet by DJ Z-Trip. Before heading inside, LL posed for photographers and stopped to take photos with fans.

LL then made his way upstairs to an exclusive VIP area overlooking the club goers below. DJ Frankie warmed up the crowd with songs like Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” and Mim’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” mixed with old-school jams that paid homage to the original Studio 54 in New York City.

“LL COOL J is in the house!” DJ Frankie said into the mic. Overcome by the atmosphere, LL and DJ Z-Trip made their way to the stage for an impromptu performance. The venue erupted as LL jumped on the mic. “Welcome to the final night of Studio 54,” he said encouraging fans to put their hands in the air.

LL’s dynamic performance incorporated several remixes and all-time favorites like “Going Back to Cali,” “Doin’ It” and “Phenomenon.” LL got up close and personal with the crowd playing on Sunday’s New England Patriots – New York Giants showdown, clearly showing his bias toward the Giants. Throughout this performance, he pulled girls up on stage with him to dance, wished one special fan a happy birthday and congratulated a bride and groom celebrating their recent nuptials at the club, still donning their wedding dress and tuxedo.

LL concluded his performance with one last shout out to Studio 54 as balloons fell from the ceiling. LL returned to his VIP area where he soaked up the night with close friends. The club’s final party continued into the early morning hours with an eclectic mix of “then and now” club hits while the crowd enjoyed aerialist and dance routines which have become synonymous with the legendary nightclub.

As the longest running nightclub in Sin City, Studio 54 is credited with launching the nightclub trend that still reigns today and has created many magical memories for locals and tourists alike.

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