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Video: Jay-Z and Coldplay Ring in the New Year in Las Vegas

Kanye West, Beyoncé, John Mayer guest star in epic concert at new casino

January 3, 2011 8:57 AM ET

 

 

What did you do on New Year’s Eve? If you happen to be a major pop star or A-list celebrity, there is a good chance you were at the Jay-Z  and Coldplay show at the newly opened Cosmopolitan hotel and casino in Las Vegas. In addition to guest performances from Beyoncé, John Mayer, and Kanye West, the gig was attended by a cavalcade of stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Alex Rodriguez, Cameron Diaz, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lopez, and Diddy.

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The guest spots began in Coldplay’s set, with headliner Jay-Z joining the group for “Lost!”  and a cover of his Blueprint track “Heart of the City.” Later on, Martin accompanied Beyoncé on “Halo,” John Mayer stepped in to play guitar on “99 Problems,” and West returned to perform “Homecoming” with Martin, as well as his current hit “Runaway,” with Jay-Z’s band.

Photos: Coldplay Live

As you can see in the YouTube video above, some kind soul has put together a highlight reel of audience footage from the show. The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, but the clip definitely captures the high excitement level in the room as a sharply dressed Jay-Z leads the audience through renditions of his biggest hits. It’s not anywhere near as good as actually being there, but hey, at least we get a glimpse.

Jay-Z, Coldplay host an army of celebs for New Year's Eve concert [L.A. Times]

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