Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sports stars outshine Hollywood celebrities at CES 2017

The biggest celebrities appearing at CES 2017, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, were sports stars. The event this year ran Jan. 5-8.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps appeared on stage during the keynote speech by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank.
Hoops giant Shaquille O’Neal roamed the exhibit floor to check out the latest gadgets when he wasn’t appearing on the TNT show “Inside the NBA,” which broadcast from CES.
Fellow NBA star Charles Barkley also was at CES to appear on “Inside the NBA.”
NFL great Joe Montana took part in a panel discussion at CES.
Other professional sports figures at CES 2017 included MLB stars Bryce Harper and Dexter Fowler and NBA stars Grant Hill and Chris Bosh.
Hollywood stars at CES 2017 included B-list actors and actresses, such as Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”), Aisha Tyler (“Criminal Minds” and “Archer”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”).
From the music business, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA appeared at the Roli booth and singer Akon showed up at the House of Marley booth. Nick Jonas was a celebrity guest at an Altec Lansing party.
“Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che opened T-Mobile’s Un-carrier Next event at CES with their humorous take on the wireless industry.
As usual, a lot of the star power at CES was reserved for private parties.
Sting performed at a concert for Harman at the Hard Rock. The Chainsmokers performed at an iHeartRadio event. Gwen Stefani performed at the Jewel nightclub for MediaLink, Conde Nast and Universal Music.
George Benson performed at a Monster concert at Planet Hollywood. T-Pain and DJ Jazzy Jeff performed at a TiVo show at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Blink 182 performed at the CNet party after Lenny Kravitz got sick with the flu.



Michael Phelps and Kevin Plank at CES 2017 (Photos by Consumer Technology Association)


Shaquille O’Neal wears Snap Spectacles on “Inside the NBA.” (CTA photo)



Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper speaks at Under Armour booth. (Photos from Bryce Harper and Chris Campbell.)


Actress Octavia Spencer speaks about her movie “Hidden Figures” at a CES panel. (CTA photo)



Actress Aisha Tyler speaks to Engadget and roams the CES 2017 show floor. (Photos by Engadget and CTA.)


Actress Carly Chaikin speaks at a CNet event at CES 2017. (Photo by @h3ll0fri3nd.)


Actor Nick Offerman appears at an American Greetings press event. (Photo by Uproxx)


“Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che perform at the T-Mobile media event at CES. (T-Mobile photo)


Gwen Stefani performs at a private party at CES 2017. See article by the New York Post. (Photo by Rich Greenfield.)

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