Bieber wows A-list crowd at pre-Super Bowl ‘Homecoming’


WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Justin Bieber can even leave a room full of elite athletes, actors and smitten stars.

Invitation-only guests at the first of two Friday nights of a Super Bowl week-long party dubbed “Homecoming Weekend” crashed around a small round stage under a tent at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood , California, to close in on Bieber, who jumped, leapt and sparkled through a 45-minute set as the night’s headliner.

The crowd included Jeff Bezos, his TV host girlfriend Lauren Sánchez, “Hamilton” actor Anthony Ramos and NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez.

Most of the hands around the stage were holding phones in the air and filming. Some cheery fans turned to snap selfies with Bieber, who wore a black skull cap, sunglasses, a white hoodie and a sparkly necklace as he danced in the background.

Along with a five-piece backup band, the 27-year-old pop star played a set that relied heavily on recent songs, including “Somebody,” “Hold On,” “Ghost” and “As I Am,” with some nods to the past, like “What Do You Mean?” of 2015.

He stood in front of a keyboard to play a serious electric piano intro to “Peaches” before getting back to dancing.

Bieber kept the songs flowing and kept banter between songs to a minimum.

“Are you having a good night?” he says at one point. “Do you support the Rams? »

Despite the free food and premium spirits being served, the outdoor patios were mostly empty as everyone jammed into the tent to watch Bieber.

Proof of vaccination was required from the 1,500 guests. Few wore masks.

It was one of the weeks full of entertainment events leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, the first in the Los Angeles area in nearly three decades, with the hometown of the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The first night also included a DJ set by Marshmello. Drake is set to perform on night two.

The event, presented by The h.wood Group, REVOLVE, PLACES.CO and Uncommon Entertainment, was themed around a high school student coming home.

The mostly young guests posed in front of photo stations with bejeweled football helmets, took photos in front of a fake high school hallway with pink lockers and trophy cases.

Staff members were dressed in football uniforms, going around with fancy versions of stadium food, including plant-based chicken bites, garlic fries and tiny pizzas.

Other pre-Super Bowl entertainment events on Friday night included Shaq’s Fun House, a public event hosted by Shaquille O’Neal at the Shrine Auditorium that included a performance by Lil Wayne, and night two of three nights of Bud Light Super Bowl Music. Fest, which featured Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Mickey Guyton, who will sing the national anthem during Sunday’s big game.


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