Following the 58th Grammys, Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted the City Gala 2016 at the iconic Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills. Recently, the Playboy Mansion was listed for $200 million so this may be the last major event at the property if it sells. Jane Seymour moderated a discussion with Sir Richard Branson while former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and John Paul DeJoria were honored the event.
Following the program was a live performance by world renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold, Robert “Kool Bell, Chanel West Coast, the Stafford Brothers and DJ Sarah Robertson. The proceeds from the event benefited Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY), a non-profit organization that supports under-served teens and young adults who have the entrepreneurial spirit.
The event also featured the first public exhibit endorsed by the Michael Jackson Estate of art painted by the late pop singer. Four pieces from the collection, which is appraised at $480 million, and now owned by Michael Jackson’s friend and mentor, artist Brett Livingstone Strong, were on display.
Additional celebrities in attendance included Gene Simmons (Kiss); Carl Weathers (actor, USA’s “Colony,” “Rocky”); John “Spider” Salley (Four-time NBA Champion); Nick Lachey (98 Degrees); A.J. Mclean (Backstreet Boys); Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge); Grammy-winning artist Mya; Barbie Blank (“WWE Raw”); Kaya Jones (Pussycat Dolls); legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer; Bruce Buffer; celebrity fashion icon Lloyd Klein; comedian Andy Dick, Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi, Gilles Marini (“Devious Maids”), Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”), Donny Most, Jose Conseco, Willie Galt, Chuck Lidell, Travis Van Winkle (“The Last Ship”) and Miss Universe 2014, Nia Sanchez, among many others.