Best of 2019 NomineeFeatures

HARD ROCK OF AGES: As it nears closure, Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens memorabilia exhibit that will (that will) rock you

Sinatra’s martini glass? Liberace’s rings-’n-things? Dino’s hangover cure? Sorry, not here, gang. True, those Strip heroes swung hard and played harder to turn Las Vegas into Vegas, baby! They never rocked, though. Certainly, they never Hard-Rocked.

Which is why, in this Hard-Rockin’ room, you’ll instead find James Brown’s “SEX” jumpsuit and Pete Townshend’s smashed-in-half stage axe. Not to mention (fine, we’ll mention it) Britney’s come-hither schoolgirl outfit in which she channeled the spirit of Nabokov’s Lolita into a 3-1/2-minute pop-anthem video, triggering worldwide leers.

View it, baby, one more time. Right here.

Best of 2019 NomineePhotos & Videos

SLIDESHOW: Life Is Beautiful

The Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival bloomed in Las Vegas for its 11th year Sept. 20-22, 2019. The Festival featured headliners Chance the Rapper, Black Keys, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Vampire Weekend plus The Kicker, Comedy & More featuring a collection of some of the top comedians including headliner Fred Armisen and Nikki Glaser. The festival’s mission is to connect all aspects of art and entertainment to create an unrivaled experience. Las Vegas Newswire and photographer Sam Morris take you inside this year’s event.

Best of 2019 NomineeGiving Back

THIRST DATE: Walk for Water raises awareness of global water issues — and $120k — at eighth annual Springs Preserve event

More than a thousand walkers, plus volunteers and one mayor gathered in the local desert Sept. 21 to raise awareness of worldwide water issues.

“Who ordered the perfect day?” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman asked the cheerful crowd about to embark on a three-mile trek in the mild morning sunshine at Springs Preserve.

One Drop, an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and dedicated to providing access to safe water in the world’s most vulnerable communities, hosts the annual Walk for Water.