An Icon Returns

“Tonight, your baby sister has made it in.” That was just one of the statements Janet Jackson made during her induction speech at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, nodding to her brothers, who influenced her passion for music.

But the youngest member of the Jackson family went on to do much more than make a name for herself. As Janet launches her first Las Vegas Strip residency at Park Theater this week, she stands as one of the all-time champions of pop music and one of the most influential entertainers of her generation. Her music continues to open doors for artists just like her brothers did for her.

Must-See: The Bronx Wanderers

So many great bands have made the Strip their home through the years, turning casino lounges and showrooms into the most buzzed-about parties in Las Vegas. The must-see band of the moment is The Bronx Wanderers, a celebration of American rock and roll and the story of one musical family told through their favorite songs (and yours) with plenty of laughs and memories along the way. Anchored by longtime record producer Vinny Adinolfi and his talented sons Vin A and Nicky, this group is one of the tightest outfits playing the Strip these days. Catch the show at The Linq nightly except Saturdays.

Around the Strip

You already know about the surprise Vegas wedding of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner after the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month, but did you catch these superstar sightings? Mariah Carey celebrated her Icon Award in Tao’s private dining room with boyfriend Bryan Tanaka and friends and got a visit from Jennifer Hudson, who was dining separately at the Venetian restaurant. Madonna took over the Pearl Lounge at Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan after performing new track “Medellin” on the show. And Drake dined at Tao with friends the night after the BMAs, sticking around before his Saturday night performance at XS Nightclub.

Nobody does Vegas like Rob Gronkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champ hit town to celebrate his retirement and made the rounds at On the Record and JEMAA The Nomad Pool Party at Park MGM and KAOS Dayclub and Nightclub at the Palms with friends and family. On the same Saturday night Gronk was in the house, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez celebrated his victory over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena with a Hennessy toast at KAOS during a sold-out party headlined by Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Ozuna.

Usher was back in town for that big fight weekend, partying Saturday at JEMAA with boxer buddy Joe Fournier.

Criss Angel magically made some extra time appear in his busy schedule and visited Caesars Palace to check out Absinthe. He even snapped a pic with the Gazillionaire and the Green Fairy after the late show.