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Bieber no-show a gift to Billboard awards


A Prince Harry lookalike was on the red carpet of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but Justin Bieber was notably absent.

Probably a good thing Bieber wasn’t there. A Prince Harry look-alike probably would win that popularity contest going away. It was one year ago that Bieber was stunned by a prolonged chorus of boos at the Billboards Music Awards here.

And what a tumultuous, mostly shirtless year it has been. Among those who shook their heads at Bieber’s bratty behavior was Kid Rock, who predicted he was in a Vanilla Ice-like freefall.

Bieber didn’t help himself at the Billboards when he told the audience: “I’m an artist, and I take it seriously, and all this other bull should not be spoken of.”

Bieber was in France this weekend, partying with Paris Hilton in Cannes.

Shirtless, again. And still clueless.

Back to that Prince Harry impersonator. The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority actually planned a campaign to hire several Harry doppelgangers for promotional events.

Buckingham Palace, however, frowned on it and the idea was put back in the file.

DRAGONS STILL RADIOACTIVE

The unimaginable monster success of Imagine Dragons has scored another first: The Las Vegas band wrote a song for the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” film.

Frontman Dan Reynolds said the song “Battle Cry” came after the film’s producers “reached out and asked if we wanted to do something with (composers) Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky, who are two of our all-time favorites — they’re legends. It’s incredible to work with them. We all grew up watching the ‘Transformers’ cartoon, it was part of our youth. We’re children of the ’80s.”

Reynolds told Billboard they are working on their second full-length album inside a Las Vegas house they turned into a studio.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel paid $10,000 for a large portrait of himself at Saturday’s benefit gala “An Evening with Dave Rice” at the MGM Grand. Kimmel, who attended UNLV and remains an avid Rebels hoops fan, kept outbidding himself for the artwork by speed painter Tim Decker. All the proceeds went to the Dave Rice Foundation, a non-profit that supports developmental disorders such as autism and other causes in Southern Nevada. …

Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black delivered a raise-your-voice speech at the ninth annual Human Rights Campaign gala on Saturday at Wynn Las Vegas that many attendees said will long rank among the most stirring they’ve heard. The evening’s honorees for the HRC’s Equality Awards were actor John Lithgow, former Las Vegas television personality Chris Saldana and Jenna Morton of the Morton Group. …

Crooner Jerry Vale, a Las Vegas regular in the 1950s and 60s, died Sunday in California. He was 83.

SIGHTINGS

Tiger Wood and Lindsey Vonn, having dinner at Rick Moonen’s rm seafood (Mandalay Bay) on Friday, the night of Tiger Jam. … Valerie Jarrett, chief adviser to President Barack Obama, dining at La Cave (Wynn) on Friday. … Shania Twain, in the audience at Rod Stewart’s show (Caesars Palace) on Saturday. She was in town as a Billboards presenter. She returns to the Colosseum on Tuesday. … At Beacher’s Madhouse (MGM Grand) on Saturday: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Sara Hyland of “Modern Family,” Josh Henderson of TV’s “Dallas” revival and Lucy Hale of “Pretty Little Liars.” … Ricky Martin, with family and friends at Tao Asian Bistro (Venetian) on Saturday. Also at Tao: Hale and designer Christian Siriano of “Project Runway,” with friends, and singer Carly Rae Jepsen, part of a bachelorette party. … John Legend and supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, arriving at Hyde Bellagio, where he made a two-song special performance that included an impromptu duet with Ludacris. … Flamingo headliners Donny & Marie Osmond marked their 1,000th show on Friday.

THE PUNCH LINE

“In an interview, Neil Patrick Harris said he’d never want to do a late-night talk show because he thinks it would be boring doing the same thing every day. And if you want to see more of Neil, you can check him out in that play where he says literally the exact same thing every day.” — Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.