Please forgive us if this post is only moderately coherent. Last night, the iHeartRadio Music Festival came to a close by showcasing some of the best artists ever to enter the game. And one of the most jaw-dropping performances came from a guy — a legend, really — who wasn’t even in the lineup.
When Mary J. Blige announced she was going to perform a cover, the audience went into a frenzy when it realized the song in question was “Sweet Thing,” Blige’s cover of the Chaka Khan classic. But heads nearly exploded when Blige turned to stage right and introduced her friend Prince. Immediately, every person in the MGM Grand Garden Arena gasped and then screamed. The sound was deafening, the excitement palpable.
Prince may not have been on the bill, but rumors had been circulating all night that he would show up, and show up he did. Carrying the swagger of a rock/funk god transported directly from 1973, Prince accompanied and Mary J. on guitar. And when it was over, the crowd still in disbelief, the duo launched into “Nothing Compares 2 U.” “Y’all mind if I play this thing? Can I play this thing,” Prince teased the crowd before playing one of the sickest guitar solos we’ve ever witnessed.
The evening also included killer performances by upcoming Storytellers guests P!NK and Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, and a closing set by Mr. 305, Ptibull. Many people in the crowd proclaimed Saturday night’s show far better than Friday night’s, and judging by the high level of energy in the arena as the clock ticked past 12:45AM, we’d have to agree.
iHeartRadio definitely threw the biggest party Vegas has seen so far this year. Most guests RSVP’d, some made surprise appearances, but in the end, everyone went home a little hungover (with happiness, of course) and with lots of stories to tell. What happened in Vegas, definitely won’t stay there.
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