Boyz II Men founder Nathan Morris is no fan of bullying. He wears his anti-bullying statement on his sleeve — and atop his head.
That San Francisco 49ers cap he wears has an interesting backstory, considering Morris grew up in South Philly. As a fifth grader, he and others were bullied.
On one of the bully’s bad days, Morris asked a friend, “Why is he so pissed off?”
“His favorite team got beat,” the friend said.
“Who’s his favorite team?” Morris asked.
“The Dallas Cowboys.”
“Who beat the Cowboys?” inquired Morris.
“The San Francisco 49ers,” he was told.
Morris, now 42, broke into a smile as he told this story.
“The 49ers have been my favorite team ever since,” he said during a post-show sitdown with local media Saturday at Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage, after the Boyz II Men one-year anniversary show.
The 49ers cap is only the half of it, though. When Boyz II Men dominated the music charts in the early 1990s they were invited to perform at charity events by 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo.
To show his appreciation, DeBartolo asked Boyz II Men to perform at the team’s 1994 Super Bowl ring ceremony. DeBartolo surprised the R&B group by presenting them with Super Bowl rings.
Morris, 42, said getting that ring “might be bigger than getting one of my Grammys.”
Morris also said he has seen Bruno Mars perform at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the next show on his must-see list is “Michael Jackson One.” Boyz II Men were big fans of Jackson and worked with him.
Morris raved about Mars’ talents.
“Bruno wants to stay here. He loves Las Vegas.”
STORM STALLS VEGAS BID
A major snowstorm forecast for the Washington, D.C., area forced the Republican National Committee to postpone the Las Vegas and Dallas presentations for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The presentations were scheduled for today. They were rescheduled for March 21. Federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area are closed today because of the weather. A delegation from Nevada had gathered over the weekend to fine-tune the presentation.
‘MONEY DIDN’T MATTER’
Many who showed up at the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA fundraiser had their own reasons for forking over $500 and $1,000 for tickets.
Some were more personal than others.
This is Preston Smart’s story: His wife, Kate, worked with Simon at chef Jean Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant in New York City. She worked in marketing and promotions. Simon was a fast-rising chef.
When she met Smart, he worked as an executive for a company involved in Las Vegas hotel deals.
“I convinced her to move here,” he said.
He’s a cancer survivor. He was treated at the Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health.
Smart and his wife donate to medical research and youth groups in winter sports.
Thursday he won a live auction bidding to have star chef Julian Serrano come over to the Smart’s home and cook for them. Serrano agreed to cook for a party of 10.
Smart paid $40,000 for the privilege, partly to support the fight against MSA, to support Simon and for the life-prolonging medical attention he received at Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health.
“The money didn’t matter,” he said.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Time magazine has a video that appears to show Britney Spears’ failing to sing into the microphone while the vocal track of “Alien” played during a Feb. 17 performance. It was the latest video claiming Spears was not actually singing during her “Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood Resort. “Fortunately, all her fans know that she isn’t singing live in the first place,” Time said, “so it’s not exactly disillusioning — and in fairness, she was probably just too busy being iconic to be bothered.”
Miley Cyrus, playing blackjack for hours Friday in the MGM Grand with show producer Jeff Beacher before her concert. She partied at Beacher’s Madhouse deep into the night with her band, Icona Pop and DJ Paulie D. During Saturday’s show she told the crowd, “This is my first ever performing with a hangover, thanks to Beacher’s Madhouse.” … Marie Osmond, meeting with Celine Dion backstage before the latter’s show Saturday at Caesars Palace. … Actor, comedian and MTV fixture Bill Bellamy, dancing and hanging out with friends at Tao nightclub (Venetian) on Saturday.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Researchers uncovered the world’s oldest cheese, which dates back to 1600 B.C. The researchers found the cheese in the center of a Hot Pocket.” — Seth Meyers
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