The Wanted Headline Perez Hilton's 3rd Annual One Night In…LA
The event is one in a series that Hilton hosts around the globe to promote music and music education. In this case Hilton donated 100% of the night’s proceeds to VH1's Save The Music Foundation.
The historic Belasco Theater in the heart of downtown was home to this year's event. The venue had ample seating - unlike typical small concert venues - especially on the second floor VIP terrace and ballroom where guests enjoyed free drinks and the women took breaks from their Louboutins. It seemed more like a night at the club than a benefit concert.
Although the event occurred after the star-studded VMAs were taped, it focused more on showcasing rising talent instead of artists who have already made a name for themselves. In past years, Hilton has featured artists like Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga before they hit it big. It appears Hilton has a good ear for music, and the artists of the night may also be on the brink of becoming big names.
The event featured performances from IM5, X-Factor Winner Melanie Amaro, Rita Ora, Walk the Moon, Iggy Azalea, The Saturdays, and Far East Movement. In between these artists were DJ sets by Timbuck2, Static Revenger, and The Cataracs.
The crowd was slow to get in the dancing mood, but once the alcohol had been flowing for an hour or two, bodies started swaying to the music. The audience was noticeably perkier during Walk The Moon’s set, not only because of the band’s enormous energy on stage, but also because their first single “Anna Sun” is receiving a lot of radio airtime lately. Another noteworthy performance was that of The Saturdays, who are currently filming a reality show for E! that chronicles the band members' professional and private lives. Thursday’s performance was their first in the States—they hail from the UK. The band consists of five girls whose sex appeal and coordinated dance moves might just make them Spice Girls of the 21st century.
However, the highlight of the evening was the arrival and performance of The Wanted, a British boy band whose single “Glad You Came” is climbing up the charts. The guys were fresh off their VMA appearance (their publicist was still wearing her VMA press pass), yet they managed to sneak in a few drinks in transit. The drinks made them more fun for the media to chat with, but it seemed band member Max George had a bit too much. He was slurring words and he had trouble standing up straight. But luckily, he didn’t pass out before he got on stage. The most entertaining parts of The Wanted’s performance occurred when George held the microphone to the audience for the majority of the songs because he was too drunk to sing them himself, and when he would consistently walk to the back of the stage to take another swig of beer. It turns out Max was celebrating his birthday Thursday, so I guess we’ll let him off the hook this time. In the end, the audience clearly still loved The Wanted’s performance and sang along with every lyric.
This memorable night in L.A. lasted from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., during which there was never a dull moment. Perez Hilton sure knows how to throw a party.
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