AMAs Host Pitbull Dishes on His Favorite Things (and People) -- From Enrique Iglesias to Partying in Private

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Pitbull performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 25, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. 

Pitbull is a man who knows what he likes, and one of them is reminding people of his nickname, Mr. Worldwide, hard-earned after years of performing party anthems around the globe. Following the theme of 2011's Planet Pit to 2012's Global Warming, he's releasing his eighth internationally titled album, Globalization (RCA) on Nov. 23, the day after his second stint hosting the American Music Awards on ABC. But the Miami rapper, born Armando Perez, 33, has a few other favorite things besides getting his passport stamped.

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"Everybody has always tried to categorize me, whether it's Miami bass, crunk, reggaeton, pop. Globalization shows you what my music is: music that touches the world, [with] sounds from all around the world."

Enrique Iglesias
"Enrique is another Miami boy, but we grew up on different sides of the tracks. He taught me how to view life from a different perspective, and I gave him a chance to see things in another light, so we complement each other. On tour we have a lot of fun, but at the same time we get business done. He's a true friend."

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The Exuma Islands in the Bahamas
"The ocean looks like a pool -- it's that clear. You can see all the way to the bottom. You can't beat that!"

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September"
"It always gets the party going. You can't lose with that song!"

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Partying -- in Private
"I don't really get out to clubs anymore. With the way I get loose and like to lose my mind, somebody might record it. (Laughs.) I'd rather do it in a controlled environment. The whole world doesn't have to know what you do every minute of your life."

"It's great to be able to explore the world, but it's pretty hard to outdo Miami. I would say Miami is my second love after my mother -- 305 till I die!"

This article first appeared in the Nov. 29 issue of Billboard.


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