It's about time! The moment we've been waiting for: the 23rd Latin Billboard Awards, which were hosted by the gorgeous actress Aylín Mujica (who by the way, looked amazing in a white dress) and the famous Venezuelan presentor Daniel Sarcos .

The night began with a great performance by Pitbull who appeared on stage accompanied by some beautiful dancers wearing flirty red dresses. The opening musical number was a great compilation of several songs, which also featured the group 3BALLMTY and LMFAO. The show's energy was spectacular, especially when they started playing the infectious "Party Rock Anthem."

Cristian Castro took the first prize as Soloist of the Year for Latin Pop. But the night didn't stop there for him—he also sang alongside Samo as part of a tribute to Selena, performing their own renditions of her hits "Amor Prohibido" and "Como la Flor."

Don Omar was also a big winner of the night, taking home various awards like Latino Pop Song of the Year and Best Latin Rhythm Soloist of the Year. He also won the grand prize of Song of the Year. And last but not least, he got everyone on their feet and dancing with an amazing musical number which he performed with the famous Akon.

The winner of Male Artist of the Year went to (of course!) Pitbull. "Thanks to God and my abuela," he said in his acceptance speech, causing the audience to erupt in applause. In his shock and thankfulness, he also thanked Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Shakira, all of whom he has worked with on various music projects.

Juanes also appeared on the stage to perform his song "La Señal" and also brought great memories by singing an acoustic version of his signature song, "Me enamoro."    

Later, Paulina Rubio appeared to perform her new hit "Boys Will Be Boys," with a great performance in which she was surrounded by men and woman who danced to the song and simulated the feel of a nightclub. She sported a sexy look consisting of a black and white babydoll outfit, emulating a Playboy bunny. 

Don Omar and Lucenzo won the prize for best Latin Rhythm Song of the year for the song that makes us all dance, "Danza kuduro."

For their part, the group Maná¸won 5 prizes including Latin Pop Group Album of the Year, Latin Pop Group Song of the year, and Group Album of the Year.

And finally, Prince Royce took home two of the most coveted prizes of the night: Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Following this recognition, the night ended with the exclusive presentation of Michel Teló and his worldwide hit "Ai Se Eu Te Pego."

That ended the night of this great celebration of Latin music, full of glamour, surprises and fun. Without a doubt, it was one of the best parties of the year. Hopefully next year's show is even better!

What did you think of the show?

Image via Alicia Civita for Mamás Latinas

About the author

Sandra Ortiz Juarez graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico. Sandra received her Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the Escuela Superior de Imagen y Sonido (CES) in Madrid, Spain. She has collaborated with various media outlets including TV AZTECA (Mexico), Libertad Digital Television (Madrid, Spain), AOL Latino (New York) and she is now working with Mamás Latinas in their New York office.

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