2013 Superlatives: Miami's Biggest Moments

December 18, 2013 | by Stephanie Dunn | Talk of the Town

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Remember when these guys sent Miami into a tizzy? (photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Most Crazy-Hard-to-Get Concert Ticket: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z   
You'd have thought Miami was preparing for a royal visit in the frenzied days leading up to Jay-Z and Justin's Legends of Summer show—and musically, it was. The Miami concert marked the end of a 14-city North American tour. While the explosive performance at Sun Life Stadium was attended by the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna, all of Miami seemed to participate, whether through exclusive after-party access at Mansion or obsessive Instagramming from afar. >>Read DJ Irie's Take on the Legends of Summer Tour

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We did it! Again! (photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Biggest Collective High-Five Moment: Miami Heat's 2013 NBA Championship
Pots and pans were banging in every ‘hood the night of June 20, when Miami Heat took home their second straight title. After an explosive season on the court (Chalmers tying the franchise three-point record, the insane comeback against the Cavaliers, Birdman’s nearly perfect Eastern Conference finals series) as well as off (who can forget that locker room ode to the Harlem Shake, or LeBron’s tackle of the fan who hit the $75,000 half-court shot?), the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 during Game 7. 

Blackfish could prove to be a game-changer for Florida's marine park industry. (image via

Most Influential Film: Blackfish 
The Miami International Film Festival premiere of Blackfish, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's documentary about the death of a Sea World trainer and the mistreatment of orcas in captivity, made Floridians think twice about their favorite aquariums and theme parks. With celebrities like Willie Nelson, Adrien Grenier, and Jessica Alba speaking out on the issues brought to light in the film, the ripple effect of Blackfish could prompt big changes in the marine park industry. 

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We'll miss these three. (photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) 

Best Goodbye: Swedish House Mafia at Ultra 
Once again, Ultra transformed Downtown Miami into a raving, rolling sea of neon blasting sets from some of EDM’s biggest names. Swedish House Mafia opened and closed, with their final performance marking the last of the festival, and the last of members Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso as a group. We'll still hold out hope for a reunion tour.

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If you're not having fun at fashion week, you're not in Miami. (photo: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Biggest Splash: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim
This year’s edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim played host to the usual sightings: celebrities catching shade by the pool, top designers barking orders backstage, and rows of models being bronzed and blow-dried. But more than a few brands brought a breath of fresh air: Roxy made it's first-ever appearance at Swim Week with a neon-lit pop-up kickoff party, and Chloé debuted its inaugural swimwear line over a pool-top runway. >>Read a recap of Swim Week's hottest trends

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The Book of Mormon comes to Broward by way of Broadway. (photo: Joan Marcus)

Hottest Theater Ticket: The Book of Mormon  
Miami theatergoers now know what happens when the reigning rulers or raunch put there spin on the adventures of missionaries in war-torn Uganda. From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon features the duo’s signature uncensored wit and “but-wait-did-they-really-just” antics, with a side of soul. And you can still catch it at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through December 22.

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Lourdes Lopez is a breath of fresh air at the Miami City Ballet. (photo: Greg Delman)

Best Takeover: Lourdes Lopez at Miami City Ballet
The Miami City Ballet saw its fair share of shakeups this year, but none so noteworthy as the appointment of artistic director Lourdes Lopez. With her arrival, Cuban-born Lopez dusts off the repertoire of seasons past to bring in edgier works that make the case for ballet as a living, breathing art. >>Read about MCB's new season

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Itzahk Perlman is a perennial Miami favorite. (photo: Mitchell Zachs)

Classiest Act: Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman  
Itzhak Perlman is a classically trained rockstar; a force who commands the same fanfare and adulation as any bright young chart-topper. This December, the Israel-born, Julliard-trained king of string brought his talents to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for a much buzzed-about solo recital, giving Miamians an idea of what 15 Grammys, four Emmys, a National Medal of Arts, and a Kennedy Center Honor sound like. >>Read more on Itzhak Perlman's visit to Miami

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Pain & Gain brought a gritty South Florida tale to the big screen. (photo: Larry Marano)

Starriest Red Carpet: Pain & Gain Premiere on Lincoln Road
Mark this one as ‘only in Miami’: A trio of Florida bodybuilders get caught up in an extortion ring, a kidnapping scheme goes terribly awry, and a decade later, a movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson retells the whole grisly ordeal. Since the real-life action of Michael Bay's Pain & Gain took place mostly in or around the 305, it was only fitting that the premiere of the black comedy would take place on Lincoln Road. >>Read more on Pain & Gain

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