Bad Bunny dominated the Billboards Latin Music Awards gala this Thursday by winning ten awards in an emotional ceremony in which Juan Gabriel and Johnny Ventura were paid tribute and the careers of Daddy Yankee, Paquita la del Barrio and Maná were recognized.
Bad bunny was the big winner of the night by taking 10 of the 22 awards to which he aspired, including artist of the year, song of the year, for ‘Dákiti’, and album of the year for his album ‘YHLQMDLG’. “Thank you all for always supporting my music. I dedicate this award to all those who make music out there, who have not had the same exposure or are not recognized. I was like that too and here I am now. Thank you for continuing to make good music “said the Puerto Rican artist when he received the award for album of the year.
However, neither the awards nor his outfit changes, or that he appeared for the first time at an event with his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingera, were the most talked about Bad Bunny in the Billboard Latinos. At one point during the gala, the Puerto Rican artist He got up from his chair to adjust the microphone height of the legendary Paquita la del Barrio. “Thank you, useless,” he replied, as a way of gratitude, the so-called Guerrillera del bolero al Conejo Malo, causing laughter from those attending a gala in which the Mexican was recognized with the award for trajectory.
The list of the most awarded of the night also includes Jhay Cortés, who won three Latin Billboards, for ‘Dakiti’, his song with Bad Bunny. The black Eyed Peas tied for the same number of awards, while Karol G, Banda MS by Sergio Lizarraga, Eslabón Armado, Price Royce, Maluma and The Weeknd they had two each. Although she aspired to eight awards, the Colombian Karol G won two important awards in the female part: those for artist of the year in the Hot Latin Songs and Top Latin Albums categories.
The rock band Maná received the Latin Billboard for the pop duet of the year and the Icon award, and took advantage of the night to premiere on stage a new version of ‘Reloj cu cu’, in which they invited the young artist Mabel, a girl 12-year-old Mexican who they met when she was a finalist in the television program ‘La voz kids México’.
The ceremony led by Gaby Espino, William Levy, Maite Perroni and Pedro Fernández had begun with the presentation of Camila Cabello, who performed her song ‘Don’t Go Yet’, the first single from her next album, which will be dedicated to celebrating her Latino heritage and family. “My country asks for freedom,” said the Cuban artist, who is recognized for her voice against the Castro regime.
During the night nostalgia was present with the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the death of Juan Gabriel, in which the singers Ana Bárbara, Yuri and Guadalupe Pineda participated, who they sang a medley composed of ‘I forgot again’, ‘Hug me very tightly’, ‘I still love you’, ‘It comes from the heart’ and ‘Eternal love’.
The Dominican merengue player Wilfrido Vargas was in charge of paying tribute to Johnny ventura, who died in July this year, while Ana Bárbara shared the stage with Paquita La del Barrio, with whom she performed ‘El Consejo’ and ‘Rata de dos pies’.
Daddy yankee, who received the Hall of Fame award, presented his most recent song, ‘Métele al perreo’, with which he led a series of premieres at this Latin music festival. “It took me three times to learn with wisdom, effort and determination how to receive recognition like this. I have received many awards in my life, but I never thought that my discipline was going to make me the first artist of the urban genre to be inducted into it. Billboard Hall of Fame, “said the artist.
Myke Towers, who presented her new song ‘Experimento’, won the award for the best new artist of the year, while the Spanish Rosalía and the Dominican Tokisha performed their urban duet ‘Linda’ for the first time before the public.