Las Vegas is no stranger to celebrities so what better way to kick off a huge event than at a Vegas nightclub? Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being to attend the launch of the “Elevate Young Black Voices” national contest at Planet Hollywood. This event being hosted by both AT&T and BlackBerry took place at Koi Lounge and was quite the event.

Many high AT&T executives were in attendance  and right outside the entrance was an area to take photos. It felt like a real red carpet event.

It wasn’t too long after I arrived that I was informed that Cee Lo Green and Goodie Mob would be on site. For some background Goodie Mob is a group that Cee Lo Green is a part of along with Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp. What surprise that they would attend an event that helps aspiring African American singers realize their dreams.

When I heard the excitement of the people around me, I knew that Goodie Mob and Cee Lo had arrived. First thing was first and photos were taken with AT&T executives and then just Cee Lo and then Goodie Mob.

After then everyone headed inside to the special VIP section made for the event. While music was loud and the conversation was ongoing, I got the chance to have a quick mini interview with Big Gipp. I asked him about how Goodie Mob came to be. He told me it was all because of Outkast’s first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Even though Cee Lo left the group in 2000 to pursue a solo career he had some other good news to tell me about.

The next question I was able to ask was what projects did Goodie Mob and/or Cee Lo have coming down the pipeline. I was told that Goodie Mob has a new album coming on June 18th called  Age Against The Machine. It will be the group’s first album in the last nine years. Also Cee Lo has a TV series in the near future and I have to tell you that I am looking forward to watching it.

The event continued you and Cee Lo was brought to the microphone to say a few words about the event and Goodie Mob. He wasn’t along for very long because he had a show to go perform at the theatre in Planet Hollywood. It was great to see Cee Lo and talk about Big Gipp about what’s upcoming.

Those who would like to enter the Elevate Young Black Voices” national contest you have to be at least 18 years old and fill out the submission form that’s after the break. You then submit a video of you talent and then Cee Lo will choose four grand prize finalists who will get the chance to have an 2 hour mentoring session with him and Goodie Mob. The best part is that they get to chance to perform with Goodie Mob in Los Angeles on June 18th! Be sure to use the hashtag #ATTElevateYBV to join the conversation on Twitter.

Thanks goes out to Scott Huscher and Deanna McKinley for allowing me to attend and provide coverage!

Source: AT&T Voices