LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) The Righteous Brothers – the first rock and roll act to perform on the Las Vegas Strip – will receive the Casino Entertainment Legend Award at the sixth annual Casino Entertainment Awards (CEA) on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
Additionally, casino nightlife icon Victor Drai – owner and operator of Drai’s Enterprises – will be honored with a Casino Entertainment Legend Award that evening.
Sponsored by Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the Casino Entertainment Awards are the official awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executive and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The Legend Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.
In 1964, The Righteous Brothers duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley became the first rock and roll act to perform on the Las Vegas Strip, performing three shows a night in the lounge at The Sands Hotel. Their hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody” were No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to receiving Grammy nominations. The Righteous Brothers toured extensively and performed up to 12 weeks a year in Las Vegas until the untimely death of Hatfield in 2003. Medley revived the duo in 2016 at Harrah’s Las Vegas with singer Bucky Heard, where they continue to perform.
Victor Drai is known as the father of the casino after-hours scene. Creator and founder of Las Vegas mega-clubs Tryst and XS, Drai is the visionary owner of Drai’s Nightclub, Beach Club, and After Hours at The Cromwell. In 1997, he opened the original Drai’s After Hours, a high-end restaurant and pulsating nightclub underneath the street level of the Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino. Drai’s was one of the first clubs to charge premium prices not only for cocktails and bottle service, but also for bottled water. An inductee into the Nightclub Hall of Fame, Drai is also a former movie producer known for “The Woman in Red,” “The Man With One Red Shoe” and the “Weekend at Bernie’s” films.
Casino Entertainment Awards also will be presented to artists, executives and venues in nine categories in casino-entertainment, including a new category this year for “Casino Production Show of the Year.”
Selected from more than 1,000 online nominations, CEA final nominees include:
Casino Entertainer of the Year
Casino Comedian of the Year
Casino Musical Artist of the Year
Casino Production Show of the Year
Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year
Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year
Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year
Casino Booking Agent of the Year
Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year
Complimentary tickets will be distributed to G2E attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to availability) on October 9-10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Casino Entertainment Awards Booth (#5938) on the G2E expo floor at Sand Expo.