Pharrell and Afrojack's NYE 2014 Party at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Somehow, the past week's dark and stormy weather let up, permitting the evening to proceed smoothly. The couches by the pool stayed dry. The Close Encounters of the Third Kind LCD display didn't suffer water damage. And the beautiful people remained beautiful.

Getting to and from the 'Bleau's poolside party area required crossing a number of hallways and staircases, and it was as much a mission as the hotel sequence in Inception. But the payoff was a veritable bazaar of white-tented open bars scattered about the low-cut lawn.

Outside, the ambiance was intermittently punctuated by large gusts of wind that may have emanated from speakers blasting "The Motto" and house remixes of Lana Del Rey songs. And the evening's DJ playlist suggested a wedding as much as a New Year's Eve party, even if the vibe suggested bachelor and bachelorette shenanigans more than holy matrimony.

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Of course, the highlight of the night was the headliner.

Given that a Pharrell solo performance is mostly unheard of, as he's usually an excellent team player or curator, we weren't really sure what to expect. But his hit-laden medley reminded us that the last decade and a half's musical landscape has been indelibly shaped by his hands, from Mystikal's "Shake Ya Ass" to Britney Spears' "Slave 4 U" to the entire Clipse discography.

His eventual performance of "Blurred Lines" with perennial special New Year's guest T.I. (who came out before Future at Cameo last year) was a victory lap, and an inspiring run for anyone making resolutions in 2014.

-- Adam Katzman

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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