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January 01, 2012

LeBron James makes it a New Year's 'rock'-in eve, getting engaged at Shelborne



LeBron James is no longer a free agent. The Heat player proposed to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson with, says our spy, "a huge pear-shaped rock" at a New Year's Eve dinner at the Shelborne hosted by Remy Martin V, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

While the dinner started three hours late and appetizers were still being served at 11:45 p.m., guests including model Jessica White and Nas, enjoyed "plenty of Remy" while waiting for their food, leading to one unfortunate guest losing her balance and the creation of a new catch phrase "Blame it on the Remy."

Following the engagement, James, who turned 27 on Friday, was surprised with a tremendous birthday cake with "LJ" on the top. While making her way through the crowd, Queen Latifah stopped to give James and mother Gloria a "quick group hug," ultimately causing a "huge traffic jam." Latifah along with Shelborne's New Year's Eve headliner Lauryn Hill, sang happy birthday.

Also in attendance, James's kids, eating French fries in between one on one time with daddy, who "immediately picked them up and swung them around right after the proposal." Following the dinner, James and crew headed to the massively crowded SL Nighclub pool party where they conducted the New Year's countdown. Nothing like the romantic backdrop of a South Beach New Year's Eve party to propose. Then again, it was a private dinner within a public party. Nonetheless, we wish James and Brinson a major mazel tov.

Birthday cake by Divine Delicacies