The Puerto Rican artist Bad bunny it was this thursday the most awarded artist of the night at the Latin American Music Awards, by winning in the five categories in which he was nominated, while J Balvin was left empty-handed despite being one of the big favorites. The singer Urban won the awards for artist, album and male artist of the year, as well as the awards for urban favorite artist and urban favorite album.
If J Balvin left empty, Karol G, who also arrived at the top of the nomination list tonight, with nine nominations each, had better luck than his compatriot. Colombian artist and American Nicky Minaj were in second place for awards, with three each, thanks to their collaboration in ‘Tusa’. “For all those girls who come out there, I tell them that I am happy with everything that is happening, that it can be done, that tomorrow, you who see me there at home will be here”, said Karol G to the receive the award for single of the year.
The covid, unwanted guest
Christian Nodal, Shakira and Prince Royce had two awards each in a night in which the first two were absent and the excitement of doing live music before a small audience was seen tarnished by covid-19.
The most affected was the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez, one of the guests of honor of the night. He had three presentations during the night and had also been chosen to receive the Icon award, but the artist had to accept the award via digital from the hotel room where he is already quarantined after knowing his positive to the coronavirus. “I really wanted to be there, but as we’ve learned right now, you can’t always do what you want. How should you know? I tested positive for covid. I feel very well, asymptomatic, strong and in very good spirits, “said Fernández. The artist took the opportunity to recommend to the public that they get vaccinated:” It is for the good of all and it is the only way in which we are going to end this problem that it afflicts us all. “Likewise, the Mexican artist dedicated the award” to all migrants and to all those families that have been separated at the border, the family is the core of our Latin American culture and all families deserve to be united. ”
Although he was in Miami and had five options to win prizes, as it happened, Bad Bunny preferred not to attend the gala. Others who suspended their participation in the awards were Marc Anthony and the Chilean urban artist Cami. Both were with Alejandro Fernández on Tuesday night and, although neither of them said they had tested positive in a medical examination, they agreed to mention that it was their “responsibility” to take care of others and chose not to attend the gala.
The musical numbers shone
The stage of the BB&T Center, located in the city of Sunrise, about 25 miles north of Miami, was decked out by innovative presentations and several musical premieres. The night began with the remix of ‘My girl’, with Wisin, Maluma, Myke Towers and Anitta, who had barely rehearsed hours before because she had tested positive for covid-19 in two rapid tests. The Brazilian artist met the requirement of taking several negative tests and presented three, so she returned to the gala at the last minute.
However, the two most special performances of the night were by iconic artists.
The first was the live premiere of ‘Canción bonita’ by Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin, who sang this song with touches of the typical Puerto Rican full, and José Luis Rodríguez ‘El Puma’ starred in the second great moment of the night. The Venezuelan artist received the Leyenda award, after a special presentation that began with a medley of his songs, which began with the new song ‘I will return’, an unpublished song dedicated to his native Venezuela. Then followed ‘No soy yo’, which he sang with Carlos Rivera, ‘I’m going to lose my head’, with David Bisbal, and closed with ‘Hold on your hands’; They were joined by Sofía Reyes and Carlos Vives.
Subsequently, Ozuna received the special award for extraordinary Evolution, given to him by his grandmother Eneida, after singing some of his greatest hits. With tears rolling down his cheeks, the “Negrito with clear eyes” thanked “this old lady” that he had embraced, his colleagues and made a call to Latinos “for all of us to love and take care of each other.”
In the Mexican regional, Camilo and Los dos carnales premiered their collaboration ‘Tuyo y Mine’ live, although what had a special shine was the tribute to the late singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian, by Ana Bárbara and Joss Favela.