There were plenty of celebrities at Barclays Center night for Saturday’s festivities. The list included rappers Nicki Minaj, Common and Ludacris, singer Rihanna, comedian Kevin Hart, tennis icon John McEnroe, boxer Floyd Mayweather, actors Adrian Grenier and Michael Rapaport and director Spike Lee.
Though Justin Bieber’s already sky-high profile has been raised over the last month, he spent much of it literally falling, whether it was in a hailstorm of slo-mo bullets on CSI or on the court of the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, where it appeared he was tripped up by actor/hip-hop artist Common. Still, the Biebs was in the mood to forgive and forget on TMZ Live yesterday, where he assured Harvey Levin that he had no hard feelings toward Common and spun the NBA face-plant a different way: “He didn’t push me to the ground. I tripped.”
Common, who co-hosted the event, took time to chat with partygoers and snap photos with them before going onstage to perform a smattering of his greatest hits, including a short freestyle that drew whoops from the crowd. Wade –who was joined in his VIP area by such high-profile friends as NBA all-star Shawn Marion, Chicago Bears players Israel Idonije and Henry Melton and former Heat teammate Antoine Walker — sipped bottled water and grooved to the show and later to the beats spun by DJ Rex and DJ Vince Adams.
Tickets to the exclusive soiree began at $250, and the lucky partygoers got the chance to rub shoulders with two of Chicago’s favorite sons in the form of Wade and rapper/actor Common. Later that evening, Common, Wade and Union made their way over to Enclave nightclub, where a multitude of fans and media eagerly awaited their arrival. Wade changed from his suit to a crisp white T and jeans and fielded questions from reporters, calling Chicago “his home” and expressing how excited and honored he was to still be welcomed with open arms.
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