Daddy Yankee and Snow received the song of the year award, airplay on Wednesday at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which was broadcast live on Telemundo six months after the original date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Puerto Rican reggaeton idol and Canadian musician were recognized for "Con Calma," an urban remake of Snow's popular 1992 reggae "Informer." Yankee dedicated the award to all those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. He said that in these difficult times "music is still medicine."
The ceremony, conducted by Venezuelan actress Gaby Espino at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, without a live audience, began with Maluma performing his latest hit, "Hawaii." The Colombian singer, dressed from head to toe in white, appeared lying on a white piano before joining a group of dancers, all wearing masks. Among the audience of invited artists, everyone could be seen wearing masks.
Jesse & Joy followed Maluma with the song “Love (es Nuestro lengua)”.
Sergio Lizárraga and Wisin & Yandel's Banda Sinaloense MS were the first winners of the night at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The Sinaloan Band won the "Top Latin Albums" artist of the year, duo or group; Wisin & Yandel as "Latin Rhythm" Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
The award for debut artist of the year went to Panamanian singer Sech, while Pedro Capó and Farruko won "Latin Pop" song of the year for "Calma."
In one of the liveliest moments, Carlos Vives performed a medley of "Cumbiana", "La bicicleta", "La Drop Cold" and "Pa 'Mayté" in a colorful setting whose scenography transported him to his native Colombia before receiving the Award Billboard Hall of Fame from Emilio Estefan.
“Almost 30 years ago I decided to make my music in an original way… I looked for my pop and rock from my town from the traditional music of Colombia and a new sound was born. A large part of the industry at that time did not see it, but the public did, and through the radio we reached the first places, "said the Colombian artist before thanking Billboard, his work team and his family.
Enrique Iglesias, the most awarded artist in the history of the Latin Billboards, received the Billboard Top Latin Artist of All Time award, or best Latin artist of all time, from his friend Pitbull. After thanking Billboard and his team, he told his fans that he missed them so much and asked them to take care of themselves.
Bad Bunny and Ozuna made it to the Billboard Latin Music Awards with 14 nominations each, but the “Bad Bunny” has a certain advantage: last week it won two Billboard Music Awards, including Best Latin Artist and Best Latin Album for "Oasis" with J Balvin.
Anuel AA, Armando Manzanero, Sergio Lizárraga's Banda MS, Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee, Farruko and Gente de Zona will also perform throughout the gala. Manuel Turizo, Ozuna, Pablo Alborán and Paulina Rubio, among others, will also take the stage.
Among the special honors, Armando Manzanero will receive the Artistic Career Award, Maluma the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, Romeo Santos the Billboard Latin Album of the Decade Award for “Fórmula, Vol.2”; and Fonsi and Daddy Yankee will be honored with the Latin Song of the Decade award for "Despacito."
The Billboard Latin Music Awards recognize the most popular songs, albums, and performers based on actual sales, streaming, radio broadcast, and social media performance results over a one-year period, in this case from February 2, 2019 to February 25. January 2020./AP