Though it wasn’t an Art Basel event, the New Now Next Awards at the Kimpton Surfcomber Tuesday kept a lot of potential Baselites rocking with spectacular performances by Kristin Chenoweth and Jessie J, who stole the show and displayed decidedly nondiva-like behavior after singing her second song in the rain and learning later that the whole thing was never recorded. As a result, she decided to get on the wet stage and sing Bang Bang just because she was worried her soaked audience was getting impatient. Also in attendance: Joe Jonas, who was seen earlier at Wynwood Walls. The former boy bander was the evening’s “DJ,” although we only saw him behind a turntable for a five-minute photo op. The show airs on Logo on Sundayand MTV on Friday.
Meanwhile, back to Baseling (a verb these days): At a private Louis Vuitton dinner Tuesday, actress Michelle Williams was wearing what New York magazine called “a vision-blurring shirt dress.” It happened to be by LV. Fellow guests Kate Hudson and Miranda Kerr were also wearing the French designer that footed the bill.
Usher hosted his own dinner Wednesday, at the Delano’s Bianca. There, the R&B singer did shots of tequila before heading down to the action at FDR. Usher was also at the convention center where he was seen partaking in some performance art involving a cellphone and female genitalia. Oh, art.
At WALL, Leonardo DiCaprio looked, says our spy, “puffy,” admiring the female pieces of work and hanging with his homeys Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas. Alex Rodriguez was also at the Miami Beach club at the W “with not a care in the world, popping champagne with friends,” as were Lenny’s daughter Zoe Kravitz, David Arquette and a newly svelte Rick Ross. In the wee hours of Friday, DiCaprio returned to his fave haunting grounds at WALL, where Stavros Niarchos and Vito Schnabel (with Heidi Klum) threw an after-party. Randoms sharing air were Bethenny Frankel (in town filming some Housewives nonsense),Vera Wang, Wiz Khalifa and Baz Luhrmann.
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Miley Cyrus, trying so desperately to prove she’s racy, stopped by E11even in a silver wig and black lace bra with clean-cut bf Patrick Schwarzenegger. Cyrus hopped on stage with the club’s Jacko impersonator and screeched out her rendition of Billie Jean while grinding against the club’s half-naked dancers. Also spotted at the table of club owner Dennis DeGori was DiCaprio (again!) gawking at the seasonal Stripper Santa.
Robert Pattinson sneaked into town Thursday to see girlfriend FKA Twigs perform at the YoungArts III Points party. The actor stayed backstage and watched her show, hugging and kissing afterward. Says our spy, “They were super sweet together.”