Puerto Rican artists Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny reigned this Wednesday in the 2020 edition of the Billboards Latin Music Awards, by winning seven awards each, while Enrique Iglesias was recognized as the “Top Latin Artist of All Time” Y Slowly was awarded as the “song of the decade”.
At the ceremony, held at the BB&T Center in the city of Sunrise (USA), Daddy Yankee won six of his seven awards for the song Calmly, including “Hot Latin Song Song of the Year”, “Hot Latin Song Collaboration Vocal of the Year” and “Song of the Year, Airplay”.
Bad Bunny, meanwhile, was awarded with the sought-after awards from “Composer of the year” Y “Artist of the Year”.
Followed them Snow with six awards, also thanks to Calmly. Speaking to Efe, the Canadian artist celebrated “the opportunity that Daddy Yankee gave me to be able to be in this meaningful song.”
The female artist with the most Latin Billboards was the Colombian Karol G., with two, while Romeo Santos finished the night with four and Luis Fonsi with three. One of the awards received by the Puerto Rican was the Latin Billboard for “Song of the decade” for Slowly. In 2010, Fonsi won the same award for the past decade with I do not give up.
“I can’t believe that these two very different songs have achieved the same recognition,” the artist told Efe, who also stressed that both he composed with women. Claudia Brant the first and Erika Ender the second.
First public appearances
Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias appeared in public during the ceremony, for the first time both since the start of the pandemic.
Upon receiving the award for “Album of the decade” for his album Formula Vol. 2, the American artist of Dominican origin celebrated that since the release of his production, with collaborations with Drake and Nicki Minaj, there have been “many works in Spanish with international artists “.
“I no longer feel so alone in this,” Santos stressed in a speech in which he expressed his pride in Latin culture and Spanish.
Pitbull was in charge of giving the unprecedented award of “Top Latin Artist of All Time” to his “friend” Iglesias, who did not take a prepared speech and limited himself to thanking “my team” and tell his fans that “I miss you so much”.
A divided ceremony
The gala, broadcast on the Telemundo network, was marked by the strict security measures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
While the Red carpet It was without music and with a distance of several meters Among the few authorized journalists and artists, the award ceremony was divided into four scenarios.
“We cannot really see each other if we are not in the same area,” Spanish Pablo Alborán explained to Efe.
The show began with the live premiere of Hawaii, the greatest success of this year for the Colombian Maluma, who was also awarded the “Spirit of Hope” award for his work with his foundation “The Art of Dreams”.
Jesse & Joy they sang Love (it’s our language),Fonsi and FarrukoPerfect, while Gente de Zona and Gerardo Ortiz presented their collaboration Another bottle.
Tribute to Armando Manzanero
The most emotional moment of the night was the tribute to the legendary Mexican composer Armando Manzanero, who received a serenade by Luis Fonsi, Joy Huerta, Pablo Alborán and Reik, who sang some of his hits, which are part of the Latin American romantic songbook as I know you, under the table Y This afternoon I saw it rain.
“I have no words to express what my heart feels for having shared with this strong and talented generation, in a show as great as this. Long live the Latin American song! ”Manzanero said upon receiving the Latin Billboard Award “To the trajectory”.
Another honoree was the Colombian singer-songwriter Carlos Vives, who received the Latin Billboard Award from Emilio Estefan “Hall of Fame”.
Vives recalled that “the industry did not see him, but the public did”, when he began in music with his “pop anchored in Colombian folklore” and went on to sing some of his most popular songs like Cold drop Y The bicycle, in addition to your current topic Cumbiana.
Politics and grief
Although the night was dedicated to the most successful music of the past year, the artists recognized that the moment was “bittersweet”, as they were excited to be able to be on stage again, but mourned the global deaths from the new coronavirus.
Also, Ozuna closed the presentation of his song Thank you, with the appearance of their children and a call to “end violence against women, we must end the femicides “.
On the carpet, many artists they called to vote in the presidential elections of November 3 in the United States.
“Do not vote by party but by candidates who are really willing to help our people “, Wisin expressed on stage when collecting with Yandel the award for “Tropical Song of the Year” for Aullando.
The ceremony ended as it started with a lot of energy and dance. Those in charge of saying goodbye and until next year were Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers with La nota.