Superstars Lionel Richie, Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg and More Appear at Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd Annual Power of Love Gala in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 16: Lionel Richie (L) and Shania Twain speak during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Keep Memory Alive‘s 23rd annual Power of Love® gala took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 16. The star-studded event featured top artists and cultural icons including Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, NE-YO, Anthony Mackie, Miguel, Leona Lewis, Bernie Williams, John O’Hurley, Pedro Capó, Greg Phillinganes, Peta Murgatroyd, and more. The night honored music legend Lionel Richie and raised crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Nevada.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lionel Richie (L) and Shania Twain speak during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Also in attendance were Raiders owner and newly appointed Keep Memory Alive board member Mark Davis, former Oakland Raiders player and coach Fred Biletnikoff, “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, singer-songwriter Clint Holmes, author Kimberly Friedmutter and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.

The evening began with Siegfried Fischbacher presenting Lonnie Ali, wife of late great Muhammad Ali, with the Keep Memory Alive Caregiver Hero award. This accolade is in honor of those who have gone above and beyond to care for those who are unable to care for themselves and Ali’s grace and selflessness make her a true caregiving hero.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lonnie Ali (L) and Siegfried Fischbacher appear onstage during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Shania Twain presented Lionel Richie with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world and his support of Keep Memory Alive.

Twain said, “He’s my buddy, my pal, he’s a lifesaver and a really wonderful friend. I’m happy to be here for him. I have a personal interest in the cause. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s. It’s a very devastating disease and we just need more awareness.” Earlier in the night on the purple carpet, she hinted to her Las Vegas return, saying “I will be singing somewhere. I wonder where that is going to be,” with a telling smile.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Pedro Capo performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Addressing the crowd, Richie said, “What you all are doing tonight is helping mankind and actually making a difference in the world. I’m so proud to be here tonight to share this award.”

Paying tribute to Richie’s iconic music, Leona Lewis and Miguel performed together for the first time with a powerful rendition of “Endless Love,” followed by rising Latin star Pedro Capó‘s sleek performance of  “Running with the Night.” Other memorable moments included Bernie Williams singing “Lady You Bring Me Up” before NE-YO joined him on stage for a duet of “Easy.” NE-YO and Snoop Dogg then had the crowd on its feet during a rousing rendition of “Brick House.” Richie brought down the house with hits “Hello” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, NE-YO, Bernie Williams, Pedro Capó, Leona Lewis, Miguel, Anthony Mackie, Anthony Anderson, Peta Murgatroyd and Jon Taffer joined him for the “All Night Long” finale before guests made their way to the after party.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: NE-YO performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

The evening generated the majority of annual revenue for Cleveland Clinic Nevada to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against cognitive diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple system atrophy, frontotemporal dementia and related disorders,  multiple sclerosis and more.

“We are so grateful for all of these incredible artists and guests coming out tonight in support of Keep Memory Alive,” said Camille Ruvo. “Without them, Cleveland Clinic Nevada would not be able to provide the world-class level of research, care and support that they do for patients and their families. The love and overwhelming generosity experienced tonight makes me feel confident we will fulfill our mission of finding a cure for brain disorders someday.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Snoop Dogg performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

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