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Photos: Paris Hilton, Ne-Yo lead charge to Encore Beach Club, Surrender

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Encore Beach Club and Surrender on May 29, 2010.
Photo: Erik Kabik/Retna/www.erikkabikphoto.com

Opening Weekend: Encore Beach Club and Surrender

Paris Hilton at Encore Beach Club and Surrender on May 29, 2010.

Paris Hilton at Encore Beach Club and Surrender on May 29, 2010.

Steve Wynn’s Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub opened to the public this Memorial Day weekend, and Hollywood and sports celebrities made it a three-day holiday-weekend opening to remember. Our thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik for his shots for our Vegas DeLuxe gallery.

Here is our spywitness’s report: The Memorial Day weekend grand opening of Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub continued to heat up with several celebrities checking out The Strip’s newest hotspot. Grammy-winning R&B sensation Ne-Yo arrived at EBC at 2 p.m. yesterday and settled into a second-story cabana. He drank Dom Perignon Rose and posed for pictures with fans until shortly before 5 p.m., when he headed back to his suite to prepare for his performance that evening at Surrender.

About 3 p.m., Paris Hilton arrived at EBC with two girlfriends. Wearing a turquoise bikini and a long skirt, the heiress relaxed in a bungalow for an hour, then circled the pool greeting and taking pictures with fans in the 60,000-square-foot complex. About the same time, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush arrived and was escorted to an upper-level cabana where he partied with a bevy of beauties. Teammate Jahri Evans was spotted partying, as were Ryan Grant of the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson. Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher returned for a second day with teammates Israel Idonije and Adewale Ogunleye.

Last night at Surrender, Ne-Yo took center stage for a 20-minute performance under the stars. During his first song, “Miss Independent,” he grabbed Paris from the audience and brought her onstage to dance to his hit. Ne-Yo also sang “Sexy Love,” “Closer” and a new song, “Beautiful Monster,” from his upcoming album. Afterward, the Las Vegas native headed back to a second-story cabana, where he drank Grey Goose and Red Bull with an entourage of more than a dozen friends.

Paris returned to the hotspot just before Ne-Yo’s performance at 12:45 a.m. Clubgoers went wild at the sight of the heiress, who wore a black and gold dress with a gold headband. Paris held court at a patio table until 2 a.m. UFC President Dana White also was at Surrender last night.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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