A night at the museum

Stars clown around and put on a red carpet show at Rolling Stone Super Bowl party

Stars put on a red carpet show at Rolling Stone Super Bowl party

Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Olivia Culpo, Micah Jesse,  Andi Dorfman
Actor Olivia Culpo, internet personality Micah Jesse, and TV personality Andi Dorfman at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, David Spencer, Caroline Wozniacki
 Co-owner Talent Resources Sports David Spencer and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Odell Beckham Jr.
NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Rapper Nas
 Rapper Nas performs at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Chanel Iman
Model Chanel Iman at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Rashad Jennings, Damon Harrison, James Ihedigbo
NFL players Rashad Jennings, Damon Harrison, and James Ihedigbo at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Adrian Grenier, Alyssa Milano, Anthony Anderson
Actors Adrian Grenier, Alyssa Milano, and Anthony Anderson at Rolling Stone Live: Houston. Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
 JB Smoove, Anthony Anderson at Rolling Stone party
Anthony Anderson, middle, horns in on JB Smoove's red carpet interview at the Rolling Stone Super Bowl party. Photo by Quy Tran
Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey at Rolling Stone party
NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey check out the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe at Rolling Stone party. Photo courtesy of MBUSA
Andrew Sendejo at Rolling Stone party
Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo strikes a pose on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone party. Photo by Quy Tran
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Rolling Stone party
The Museum of Fine Arts was the scene of the Rolling Stone Super Bowl party. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Olivia Culpo, Micah Jesse,  Andi Dorfman
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, David Spencer, Caroline Wozniacki
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Odell Beckham Jr.
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Rapper Nas
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Chanel Iman
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Rashad Jennings, Damon Harrison, James Ihedigbo
Houston, Rolling Stone Super Bowl party, Jan 2017, Adrian Grenier, Alyssa Milano, Anthony Anderson
 JB Smoove, Anthony Anderson at Rolling Stone party
Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey at Rolling Stone party
Andrew Sendejo at Rolling Stone party
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Rolling Stone party

We haven’t even made it through Super Bowl LI yet and already comedian JB Smoove had a suggestion for next year’s half time performer. “JB Smoove, of course. Next question!” Jokes, laughter and antics were just some of what could be heard and spotted on the red carpet at the Rolling Stone Live! party that had the atmosphere feeling more like a comedy club.

From NFL players Eddie Lacy and Brandon Williams dancing to Anthony Anderson breaking up Smoove’s interview (they hugged it out right after that), celebrities from the entertainment and sports world got things rolling early at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Saturday night.

In fact, former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman called out reporters for being too tame. “Why are you so quiet? Am I going to have to put on some music on my phone?” It might have been a little quiet on media row, but the evening’s performers would more than make up for it.

DJ Cassidy and Diplo were set to take the stage along with Grammy-nominated rapper, Big Sean, who stopped to take pictures and sign autographs for fans waiting outside the red carpet area on Montrose Boulevard, not far from Hotel ZaZa. It turned out to be a prime spot to sight celebs. Entourage's Adrian Grenier ended up going over to meet fans, as did Houston Rockets star Sam Dekker when he arrived around midnight.

Busta Rhymes showed up later for a surprise performance with Diplo.

To be one of the main acts, multi-platinum artist Nas slipped onto the red carpet quietly, letting his jacket do the talking with the words ‘Unity Is Power’ on the back. He walked in around 10:30 pm and his name came up often when stars like Eddie George were asked who they were excited to see. “I’m ready to see Nas because he’s one of the legends. I’m a big hip-hop fan, so that’s what I’m looking forward to," George said.

Appearances came early and often with Alyssa Milano, James Ihedigbo, Warren Sapp, NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Cameron Jordan, Delanie Walker, Finesse Mitchell, Olivia Culpo, and Odell Beckham Jr. arriving within the same hour.

MFAH as party venue

One thought that crossed my mind was how the Museum of Fine Arts would be turned into the party venue that athletes including Ezekiel Elliott, A.J. Green, Antonio Cromartie, Jaelen Strong, Devon Still, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz would flock to.

I got my answer when a mix-up got me inside about an hour before the event started. A huge DJ booth on the second floor lined a wall showing projection art. The space that normally has only a few seats for museum guests to watch the installation was filled with leather lounges and tables. Across from that, Mercedes-Benz, a sponsor of the event, had a convertible AMG GT C model on display.

White Mercedes-Benz sports cars were also parked outside the museum in contrast to the splashes of color being thrown onto the exterior of the building.

Back on the red carpet

Back out on the red carpet, expected questions surrounding the Super Bowl like "What do you think Lady Gaga is going to do during the half-time show?" or  "Who do you think will win?" dominated the conversation.

But you can’t talk about the big game without talking about the big city hosting it. “Houston is relatively easy to get around, hospitality has been great, the food has been excellent, and it’s been easy for a long week,” George said.

Minnesota Vikings’ Andrew Sendejo also praised the city, calling Houston his second home since he graduated from Rice University. He struck several fun poses on the red carpet.

Celebrities continued pouring into the party with Jerome Bettis, Chanel Iman, Darrelle Revis, Rashad Jennings and Caroline Wozniacki making it in before midnight. Fans who stuck around long after that were also able to see Gordon Ramsay, David Schwimmer and Adrienne Bailon.   

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