Pitbull's Most Miami Moments Hosting the American Music Awards

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Even if you don't particularly like Pitbull, you have to admit, we got dude on stage hosting the American Music Awards. That's pretty baller.

Armando Christian Pérez has come a long way from his M.I.A.M.I. days. He represents the 305 worldwide. You don't have to love him, but he loves you, and he brought a little bit of Miami flavor to the entire television-watching universe as last night's host of the AMAs.

Who else would have the balls to make immigration and weed jokes to the most pop-centric audience in TV? These were, for sure, his most Miami moments.

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Panic Bomber at New World Symphony's Pulse: A DJ-Meets-Orchestra Experiment

Categories: Interviews, Recap

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Panic Bomber, manning the decks in formal attire at New World Symphony's Pulse party.

When one goes to the orchestra, one does not always bring one's dancing shoes. There's usually a bunch of sitting involved.

But every few months, the New World Symphony throws everything you know about classical music out the window and breaks out the lasers for a bit of high-brow, late-night fun.

Pulse is NWS' most innovative event series, pairing a DJ with its world-class musicians for a genre-bending evening unlike anything you've experienced. It's nothing new, but it was new to us as we set out to see how the Slap & Tickle crew's Panic Bomber (AKA Richard Haig) met the challenge.

It turns out, not only can your boy sing, he can compose for a full musical ensemble.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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Tobacco Road's Last Call Ever: Closing Night at Miami's Oldest Bar

Categories: Photos, Recap

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A century-old bar and the $1.05 billion development that's about to destroy it. Check out Crossfade's full 59-photo Tobacco Road's Last Call Closing Party slideshow.

It was midnight. Just hours till Tobacco Road's last call ever.

After almost 102 years, 626 S. Miami Avenue's final beer and a shot would be served at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

But like the Road's owner Pat Gleber said: "That's only officially. We have to stop selling. But we can still serve. And then the real party's gonna get going."

See also: Tobacco Road: A Seven-Part, 102-Year History

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Iggy Pop and Sailor Jerry's Flash Collection Clothing Line Launch Party in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 67-photo Iggy Pop The Flash Collection Launch Party slideshow.

Iggy Pop isn't a big fan of shirts.

For casual hangouts, he arrives totally topless.

On dressier occasions, the 67-year-old Godfather of Punk prefers a nice suit jacket over an unbuttoned blouse, flying open to reveal his rippled, bronzed torso.

But what about those semiformal affairs, like last night's launch of Mr. Pop's clothing line for Sailor Jerry's Flash Collection? Well, only a sleeveless denim garment will do.

See also: Iggy Pop, Usually Shirtless, Designs Clothing Line

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Diddy on Success and the Music Industry: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you had the chance to ask Diddy any question, what would it be?

To be honest, we used to think Diddy was a kook. He seemed so wacky, so flashy, and so demanding on Making the Band. Then we heard him speak at this past weekend's Revolt Music Conference, and we realized this guy is where he is today because he is honest, focused, and real.

The man born Sean Combs dropped knowledge during the #AskDiddy Q&A panel. And we've collected his best quotes, from passing out mixtapes to beefs with Suge Knight.

See also: Russell Simmons at Revolt Music Conference: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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Russell Simmons: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved.

Maybe you've also browsed the Def Jam mogul's Twitter page and noticed he's got a real Buddha energy going on about him. He's even written a few books about finding "success through stillness." And he shared some of that Zen insight and other secrets during his breakfast Q&A at the inaugural Revolt Music Conference this weekend.

See also: Diddy at Revolt Music Conference: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Gloria Estefan Inducted Into Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame: "I Am So Honored and Blessed"

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Gloria and Emilio Estefan walking the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame red carpet.

It was a night of glitz at the Ritz for the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's La Musa Awards Gala. The swanky hotel was filled with big names from the Latin music world, including producers and songwriters (and LSHOF cofounders) Desmond Child and Rudy Perez, as well as David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, and Jon Secada.

Miami's own Gloria Estefan was among the four new inductees, and the tribute to her was certainly one of the highlights of the evening.

Also receiving the honor of induction into the LSHOF were Panama's Omar Alfanno, Spain's Rafael Pérez-Botija, and Mexico's Lolita de la Colina.

See also: Desmond Child and Rudy Perez Talk Latin Songwriters Hall, Miami, and Gloria Estefan

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III Points BBQs: Questlove and Okayplayer, Juan Maclean and DFA, Booty Bass & Bounce

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In the lull before another night of main-stage mania at Soho Studios, III Pointers got to spend Sunday afternoon with famous friends (and regular friends) at bars and galleries throughout Wynwood.

These midday getdowns were called Pre-Points BBQs, though there wasn't much smoking or grilling of meats goin' on. Just a whole lot of one-man electronic music machining and gender-bending performance arting.

Oh, and lots of celebrity cameos from folks like The Juan Maclean, Questlove, and Miami's own Otto von Schirach.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day Three: Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise

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Flo Rida Talks Wrestling Pitbull, Rick Ross, and 2 Live Crew at WWE Raw in Miami

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When we heard that Flo Rida would be hosting WWE Raw, it seemed like, "That ain't gonna work." But the more we thought about it, the more that particular tag team made sense. Both are splendidly packaged celebrations of pop culture, and boy are they entertaining.

Wrestling deals in iconography. And what is Flo Rida but the perfectly anthropomorphized, walking, talking representation of fun club culture? He is Miami's icon!

If our city was in a situation that could be resolved only via body slams, we would send out Flo Rida as our champion. Well, if The Rock weren't picking up his phone, of course.

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Billboard Latin 2014's Best and Worst

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Marc Anthony's el número uno.

There was so much rumba coming from the BankUnited Center last night, the roof almost collapsed. Los cantantes set the stage on fire (literally) y la gente were going wild con la música.

Marc Anthony dominated the night by winning ten Billboard Latin awards, including Artist of the Year, while una fanática crashed his encore performance, Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini sent shudders down everyone's spines with their powerful pipes, and Wisin wore a questionable pair of pants.

Check out the best, the worst, y loquera of the Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014.

See also: Billboard Latin 2014's Winners

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