A magical "Nasty" evening
Move over Mona Lisa: Janet Jackson shakes the Louvre with raucous performance atParis gala
Who knew that even the Louvre could be pretty in pink? Certainly not Louvre director Henri Loyrette. But thanks to the creativity of Liaisons au Louvre II benefit chair Becca Cason Thrash, the white marble Cour Marly proved to be the perfect setting for a fuchsia-hued soiree Tuesday night.
Joining the black-tie coterie of Louvre supporters staying through the dinner and on to a 40-minute Janet Jackson concert in the iconic I. M. Pei-designed Pyramid were Prince Albert of Monaco, Fanny Ardant, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Naeem Khan, and a load of hefty movers and shakers. It was a crowd wealthy enough to part with more than $1.1 million in the live auction, conducted by none other than La Becca.
And then Jackson shook the foundations of the otherwise staid Louvre with her rocking performance. She was the first female pop star to perform under the Louvre pyramid. Before the concert, Jackson tweeted her fans, "Hey u guys. I'm in Paris n excited to be performing at "Liaisons au Louvre" tonight! This is the start of my European tour. Let's go!"
In a white crocodile pantsuit and surrounded by crotch-grabbing male dancers, the singer belted out such hits as "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Rhythm Nation," "Miss You Much," and "Nasty." Many in the black-tie crowd of 300 jumped up and danced close to the stage as Jackson performed — another Louvre first.
But that was only part of a busy evening that included a frenzied auction and celebrity antics. Click here for my detailed report about the posh party.