There is no question that Miami is in full party mode on New Year's Eve with plenty of alcohol being consumed. Miami Police steps up its game during the holiday to make sure everyone is safe while on city streets. Photographer Bill Cooke rode with Miami Police on New Year's Eve to capture the chaos that comes with the celebration.
Unfortunately, our photographer wasn't allowed to snap any pictures of Lady Gaga's New Year's Eve performance at the Fontainebleau Hotel, which is in all fairness pretty newsworthy. So here is a slideshow of the hotel's New Year's Eve party without a single picture of Gaga herself.
Sunday's Miami Dolphin game against the Houston Texans might have ended in disappointment but there was still plenty of star wattage at Land Shark Stadium including appearances by minority owners Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Venus Williams, as well as a performance by Cheap Trick.
As the year comes to a close, we look back and reflect at all the concerts that rolled into town. From big acts like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails to smaller events featuring YACHT, Young Love, Peaches and Animal Collective, 2009 was definitely kind to Miami music-wise.