Miguel and Haim Play DJ at dFm Grammy Celebration

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Miguel attends dFm's Grammy Celebration at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Feb. 13, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.  

On a Saturday night before the Grammys when there is a ton of competition in Los Angeles to throw a memorable party and bring in industry heavies, how do you stand out? The dFm bash, put on by Windish Agency president Tom Windish, dFm founder Jesse Lee, Roc Nation manager Jon Lieberberg and KCRW music director Jason Bentley, brought in some heavy hitters to DJ in nominee Miguel and sister act Haim.

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The lure of Miguel’s first-ever DJ set and Haim spinning their favorite tracks brought a massive crowd to the famed Tropicana Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, though the crowd would have had less overflow if, at points, security had actually checked names off the list rather than just waving everyone in as they did.

It made for a very packed poolside soiree by the time Haim took over the DJ decks right at 11 p.m. After a warm-up set of nineties and oughts hits from acts like Nelly and Ja Rule that prompted a group of three friends in VIP to rate the mix a C, a B minus and an eight out of 10, respectively, Haim immediately brought the mix into the here and now, throwing down Beyonce’s “Formation” first, showing a lot of love to Queen Bey and following that up with Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.”

Haim made sure to point out this was a party. “It’s a f---ing Saturday, why are you acting like it a f---ing Tuesday,” they yelled from behind the deck. (In the massive crowd, it was impossible to see which of the three sisters was speaking.) “It’s your time to look like an idiot, so let’s do it together,” they added as an intro to TLC’s “No Scrubs.”

The trio got a lot of deserved love from the capacity crowd for getting into the party spirit, as did Miguel, who decided to really embrace the atmosphere, highlighting his debut DJ set by singing his track “Waves" live. And as the party wrapped up just around 2 a.m., he probably made a lot of friends in the DJ world by tweeting, “'Dj'd' for the very first time tonight! BIG shout @kcrw, @jason_bentley, Roosevelt, EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT & all the REAL DJ's out there!"

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