Celebrity sightings at CES 2016 (pictures)

Famous faces -- from Shaquille O'Neal and Scottie Pippen to Lady Gaga and Beck -- get their shill on at the annual tech trade show.

Richard Trenholm
Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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Scottie Pippen

Basketball legend Scottie Pippen, much-loved for his years with the Chicago Bulls, made a towering appearance at ZTE's press conference, where the Chinese company announced plans for a crowdsourced phone.

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Shaq attack! Basketball colossus Shaquille O'Neal rides a Ninebot Mini "hoverboard", made by the Chinese company that bought Segway in April last year. "Shaq on a Segway" is our new favourite band name.

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Josh Brener

Josh Brener, known for playing ubernerds in "The Big Bang Theory", "The Internship" and "Silicon Valley", communes with his people at the Dell press conference.

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Netflix is known for its star-studded original TV shows. The streaming service brought that star power to Reed Hastings' keynote presentation, where the company said viewers in 130 new countries can now enjoy Netflix streaming. Here we see (left to right) Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos and actors Chelsea Handler, Will Arnett, Krysten Ritter and Wagner Moura.

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Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter plays the lead in "Jessica Jones", the critically acclaimed Netflix show featuring characters from the pages of Marvel comics.

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Handler and Moura

Chelsea Handler gets close to "Narcos" star Wagner Moura, who plays the role of real-life drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the Netflix show. Handler will be seen on the streaming service in a talk show and a series of four documentaries.

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Ritter and Arnett

Gravel-voiced comic actor Will Arnett has a long history with Netflix. He was one of the leads in "Arrested Development", resurrected by Netflix after Fox canceled the show. He provides the voice of the title character in the animated black comedy "Bojack Horseman" exclusively for Netflix. Next, he will star in his own show, titled "Flaked", for the streaming service.

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Lady Gaga

Singer and actor Lady Gaga gives her best poker face with some executives from MediaLink, Universal Music Group and Condé Nast. Lady Gaga performed at an event hosted by Condé Nast.

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Up-and-coming chanteuse Delacey adds a touch of class to the press conference for the Huawei GX8 smartphone.

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Michael Phelps

Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, dives in to help Under Armor make a splash.

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Wyclef Jean

Ready or not, here's Wyclef Jean calling his mom to tell her he's in love with a speaker, Creative's iRoar.

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Al Madrigal

"Daily Show" star Al Madrigal, right, discusses digital trends with a panel of experts.

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Michael Andretti

Intrepid CES attendees could take pole position against race car driver Michael Andretti in a simulator exhibited by insurance company Amlin.

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Social-media celebs

Tomorrow Daily hosts Ashley Esqueda (left) and Jeff Cannata (far right) hang out with social-media celebs Joey Graceffa and iJustine (Justine Ezarik).

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Penn Jillette

Magician Penn Jillette conjures up some enthusiasm for the Withings Thermo, a smart thermometer that takes your temperature at your temple.

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Tony Gonzalez

Record-holding NFL star Tony Gonzalez makes sure the launch of the new Fitbit Blaze fitness tracker is in safe hands.

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Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg

Jenny McCarthy (second from right) records her Sirius XM show live from CES, with the assistance of actor Donnie Wahlberg.

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Meeting the governor

Wahlberg (left) and McCarthy then met Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada.

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Sen. Mark Warner

Another politician attending CES was US Sen. Mark Warner, who discussed the explosion of the "sharing economy" and the role of government in innovation with Neelie Kroes, former EU commissioner for the digital agenda.

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American Authors

New York indie rock band American Authors play their hits like, er... nope, I got nothin'.

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Not content with providing the best coverage of CES, CNET also pulled out the stops at our party, where attendees were entertained by slacker troubadour Beck.

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Elton John

I'm shill standing! Gadget fans can feel the love tonight while watching the rocket man himself, Elton John, at Harman's party.

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