Oscars-Inspired Stage Frames Bacardi Awards

The stage lighting at the Bacardi U.S.A. Awards Show changed for each of the company's brands.
The stage lighting at the Bacardi U.S.A. Awards Show changed for each of the company's brands.
Photo: Robin Hill

It's award season in Hollywood—and also in Miami. A massive lighted stage inspired by the Academy Awards served as a dramatic backdrop for the Bacardi U.S.A. Awards Show February 4 at the Westin Diplomat, changing colors as brands such as Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire were celebrated.

For the Old Hollywood Glamour-themed event, which honored the company's top U.S. distributors and was produced by Triton Productions, the set included a two-tier orchestra area, runway, winner's circle, and a portal that allowed for multiple entrances. The 18-piece Michael Andrew Band welcomed presenters and winners with walk-on music, with models in golden dresses presenting the trophies. The three long dining tables ensured none of the 175 guests had their backs to the action. New York-based Star Kahn created the stage.

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