Ne-Yo's regular background dancers had the night off Saturday when the R&B singer and songwriter played a midnight show at the Playboy Presents Carnival Mystique Super Bowl pre-game party. But he apparently didn't mind. The Bud Light Hotel venue go-go dancers sufficed. Plus, Playboy Bunnies joined him on stage between songs to kiss him and wipe off his sweat.
"I think I'm going to have to call [Hugh Hefner] and see if a couple can come with me," he joked. "My life sucks." Ne-Yo sang live to track and danced during his 40-minute set that focused on his mid-tempo and dance records, "Beautiful Monster," "Sexy Love," "Closer," and "Tonight."
He even dedicated a song to the bunnies. Before performing "Miss Independent," he described it as a record he had unknowingly written about the ladies, women who can do it for themselves, "and don't need anybody's help."
Surprisingly, he gave a fan the mic and let her sing a few lyrics of "Tonight." Afterwards, he teased her, frowning in response her off-key crooning. Before closing, he told the Super Bowl crowd that he was a fan of contenders, the New York Giants. They cheered, and booed when he acknowledged the New England Patriot fans in the house.
The party was to capacity, including numerous celebs, "Diners, Drive-in and Drives" host Guy Fieri, former "Gossip Girl" actress Jessica Szohr, "Brothers & Sisters" actor Dave Annable, NFL analyst Marshall Faulk, actor Scott Wolfe, "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, LMFAO, Shaquille O'Neal and ESPN host Scott Van Pelt.