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Pitbull returns to Planet Hollywood with surprise guest J.Lo, disses Trump


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Pitbull, with surprise guest Jennifer Lopez, returns to Axis on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Planet Hollywood.

Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 | 2:52 a.m.

Pitbull Returns to Axis

Pitbull returns to Axis on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

Pitbull at Axis at Planet Hollywood

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Singer Pitbull returned to Axis at Planet Hollywood on Saturday night with his resident show “Time of Our Lives,” and Mr. Worldwide had one big surprise guest up his black dress shirt sleeve: fellow Axis headliner Jennifer Lopez.

J.Lo appeared toward the end of the 100-minute show from beneath the top of the raised stage for “On the Floor” in a gold flapper mini-dress that showed off her trademark derriere and legs and re-energized the audience and evening.

The all-too-short guest stint ended with the superstars giving each other hugs and kisses and thanking each other.

Mr. 305, the ultimate party ringleader and hype man, also told the audience at Axis, to great applause: “We need to take all the (expletive deleted, but it rhymes with fothermucking) energy in here to make certain that (Donald) Trump is not elected!”

Otherwise, the evening was exactly what fans of Pitbull, who is at Axis through March 26, have come to expect in a Pitbull show (and this journalist can attest firsthand, having seen Pitbull headline in concert at least four times now in Las Vegas):

• A high-energy, 100-minute show with all of his hit dance songs with collaborators J.Lo, her ex-husband Marc Anthony, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Ke$ha, Ne-Yo and more.

• Snippets of hits by Calvin Harris, Lenny Kravitz, Nirvana, Survivor and many more — how’s that for diversity?

• His signature Miami suits — black jacket, white jacket, black slacks — and black shades. (As Pitbull says, from Miami to Las Vegas — or the city of vice to the city of sin).

• Standing and dancing the entire time because this is a Pitbull show.

• Messages about turning negatives into positives; hard work payoff off; diversity of everything (race, culture, viewpoints); and partying hardcore.

Additionally, in honor of Pitbull’s second Las Vegas residency, the City of Las Vegas declared Friday, March 11, as “Pitbull Day.”

Pitbull’s use of GTA (groin thrust autopilot) has lessened in recent concerts. Axis at Planet Hollywood also is home to Britney Spears’ “Britney: Piece of Me” and J.Lo’s “All I Have.” Lionel Richie begins his residency at Axis on April 27.

Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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