LOS ANGELES — Amid all the parties surrounding the Grammy Awards last weekend, it’s hard to imagine someone who seemingly attended all of them — [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] — having enough energy to host a concert after the big show. (He’d even hosted a “midnight brunch” on Saturday night and performed two nights in a row.) But that’s exactly what the man did on late Sunday night at Club Nokia, finishing the seemingly endless weekend off in style with a stellar performance. He probably had quite an adrenaline rush after winning two Grammys, but as the lyrics from his hit “Closer” say, “He just can’t stop/ No, no he just can’t stop …”
“I haven’t slept in four days!” Ne-Yo shouted to the crowd during the energetic set. Opening with “Because of You,” he smoothly took the audience through hit after hit, and even a few songs he wrote for other artists, like Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” and Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” He also played up his ladies-man image, handing out roses and personally calling out girls in the crowd to wink, say hi and acknowledge that, “You look like you’re having a great time, thanks!” One fan even threw a thong onstage, which Ne-Yo picked up and put in his pocket.
The show took place directly across from the Staples Center, where the Grammys were held, and a lot of stars walked over from the big event. Ne-Yo shouted out Omarion in the crowd, and we also spotted Britney’s former choreographer-turned-movie-star Columbus Short, also known for his lead roles in “Stomp the Yard” and “This Christmas” (not to mention “Cadillac Records”).
Keri Hilson opened the show with major sex appeal and style, and the hit songwriter took a note from Ne-Yo by starting her set with Timbaland’s “The Way I Are,” on which she sings the chorus. She also did the single “Turnin’ Me On” and performed a few tracks from her long-delayed forthcoming album, In a Perfect World, which will finally hit stores on March 24.
All in all, it was a fine way to finish off a long weekend …