CANNES — A-listers and media elite came to an exclusive soirée at the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, on Tuesday night for an intimate performance by Sam Smith.
The British singer, using she/them pronouns, took the stage around 10:15 pm and performed a series of songs, including “Dancing With a Stranger” and “I’m Not the Only One”.
The British crooner also spoke about a previous lecture he gave during the festival.
“We had a conversation about being fabulous and gay,” said Smith, 30, laughing at the crowd, which included Paris Hilton, her husband Carter Reum, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell, UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and businesswoman Joanna Coles.
Before Smith took the stage, MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan gave a speech sharing that iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman had been “turned off” by COVID-19, preventing him from attending the event.
“This is a special night for all of us,” Kassan said. “This special event celebrates [iHeartMedia’s] 10th anniversary.”
Like everyone who attended the Cannes Lions, Hilton complained about the sweltering heat.
“It’s so hot. I’ve brought all these long-sleeved self-portrait dresses that I can’t wear,” she told Vidak For Congress. “I feel bad.”
While she may have felt “nasty,” the 41-year-old heiress, who deejayed the event’s after-party on the iHeartMedia yacht in Cannes, stood stunned in a black dress she wore with sunglasses — despite the lack of sun from the evening.