The stars all congregated on Las Vegas’ MGM Grand last night to pay tribute to ”The Greatest” , Muhammad Ali. A diverse crowd came to celebrate The 16th Annual “Power of Love” gala celebrating Ali.
Stars in attendance included, Snoop Dog, Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Neyo, Common, John Legend, Samuel Jackson, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Bob Arum, Lenny Kravitz and Mike Tyson.. Even Oprah came to the celebration.. President Obama sent Ali his best wishes through a video message.
Stevie Wonder jetted from performing at Whitney Houston’s funeral in New Jersey earlier in the day singing “Ribbon In The Sky” as his good bye to Whitney.
But when Stevie got to Vegas it was party time.. He sang his famous “Happy Birthday” song to The Champ.
Ali didn’t arrive until well into the celebration, making his way into the MGM about 9:30 p.m. His energy level isn’t very high these days, but he stayed until the end of the event. While Stevie Wonder lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” a huge cake was wheeled out to the stage by some of his former foes, including George Foreman.
Ali, who turned 70 last month, was feted at the 16th annual “Power of Love,” a gala celebration that will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health along with the Muhammad Ali Foundation.
Ali, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 turned 70 last month. The 16th Annual “Power of Love” gala veted Ali and will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health along with the Muhammad Ali Foundation. Plates for the event attended by 2,000 People ranged in cost from $1,500 to $10,000 a plate.
X Factor judge Kelly Rowland arrived at the Las Vegas Birthday event wearing a show-stopping, floor length pink gown. Later she performed in a yellow mini-dress and then a one-shouldered, gold gown.
Because of his Parkinson’s, Ali couldn’t speak to the guests. Instead, his wife, Lonnie, thanked everyone for attending.
“Muhammad and I are so grateful and appreciative for your love and support,” she said.
The “Power of Love” gala will be televised next Saturday at 2 p.m. on ABC and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
SideNote: For almost thirty years, Muhammad Ali has held the Guinness World. Record as the most written- about person in history. Yes, that means more than Jesus Christ…
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