WHAT A RUSH!! This year I was invited to gift Cindy Schulze Jewelry backstage at the Billboard Music Awards UPS Gifting Suite -- a three-day event hosted by the DPA Group at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The first two days of the event were held in the Red Carpet Radio Room where various musicians and local celebrities were being interviewed by radio stations all over the country. We saw Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Hozier, Veronic Dicaire, Antonique Smith (Notorious BIG), EchoSmith, Terry Fator, and Simple Minds make their way from station to station (no personal pics allowed). Everyone who was either up for a BBMA or presenting at the the Sunday night awards show was personally invited to the gift suite (setup in the middle of the radio room), as well as many local celebrities or those who were there for the event. I gifted over 100 pieces of jewelry and had the pleasure of visiting with so many people: Jeannie Mai, Bailee Madison, Tye Comer, Chelsea Cannell, Bonnie McKee, Chelsea Briggs, Jennette McCurdy, Kiyah Wright, Charlie Puth, Danica McKeller, Rico Love, Kaya Jones, Simple Minds, Carrot Top, LMFAO, Todd Bridges, Estelle, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Lindsey Stirling, Pentatonix, Stine Van Halen, Janie Van Halen, Tyran Brown, Tori Kelly, The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn and Britt, and Zach Sang & The Gang. We also provided give-aways to Dick Clark Productions and Samsung. Around 4pm on the first two days, when official interviews were over, food and drinks were served and a short, intimate concert was held in the radio room. It was a treat to see Tori Kelly sing/play live! Bailee Madison was a ray of sunshine -- beautiful person, contagious smile! I only wish I would have realized at the time that she played Jennifer Aniston's daughter (Maggie, AKA Kiki Dee) in the movie Just Go With It -- one of my go-to faves. I did not recognize her all grown up!! And if I could, I would totally hang out with Jeannie Mai, whom I'm also sending a TREACHEROUS bar necklace from my line of gold bars that describe the relationship cycle according to Taylor Swift songs! Lol. I also discovered some really great products from some good people!! Check out Ultimate Ears, Sartorial Luxury, Combatant Gentleman, and Daily Greens.
On Sunday, May 17th, the day of the official Billboard Music Awards, the gift suite was moved backstage to a hall behind the MGM Grand Garden Arena where the DPA Group passed out up to 50 "swag bags" packed with our gifts. After the awards were given for various categories, several of the winners or presenters were mingling backstage or being interviewed. Here we DID get to take a few up-close and personal pics! We saw Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, John Legend, Ludacris, Florida Georgia Line, Meghan Trainor, Brett Eldredge, Adrien Grenier, and Kylie Jenner.
Shortly after the event I received a Twitter following and tweet from Kaya Jones thanking me for the necklace she is seen wearing in the picture she posted below, as well as a personal email from Janie Van Halen thanking me for the necklace I gave her. They both picked my mossy aquamarine wire-bezel cube necklace. Although I was incredibly stressed out in preparation, and completely exhausted by the end, it was an amazing experience. And who knows... maybe I'll gain a returning "customer" or two in the future. Super fun! See more pics by Getty Images on my Facebook Page!
Bryshere Y. Gray
Kaitlyn & Britt (The Bachelorette)
Sarah Brown (background vocalist for Simple Minds)
wearing Cindy Schulze diamond disc necklace on the red carpet.