Chiquis at Premios Lo Nuestro: "Jenni is more alive than ever!" (VIDEO)
"Jenni lives...she is quite alive," were the moving words that Chiquis used to accept the first posthumous Premio Lo Nuestro for her mother, Jenni Rivera, who won the Best Female Artist of the Year.
Visibly moved, Chiquis and her sister, thanked God for the strength he's given to help them through La Diva de la Banda's abscence, the media, and especially their fans.
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As expected, Jenni Rivera received, posthumously, the recognition for Artist of the Year. Her daughters also received that award for Jenni, and paid homage in their speech to the others who also traveled with their mother on the doomed plane on December 9.
Without a doubt, it was an emotional night at the 25th Anniversary presentation of Premios Lo Nuestro, which proved Chiquis was right: Jenni is more alive than ever.
Toward the end of the show, there was a heartbreaking tribute to the late Diva de la Banda by a group of other singers and her brother Lupillo Rivera. The tribute started with Olga Tañon, who was a close friend of Jenni's, and performed with her on stage many times. Then Shaile Durcal paid her respects, as she also remembered her mom, the great Rocío Durcal, by singing her mom's signature rancheras. Diana Reyes and María José Loyola finished up the set.
Until then, those of us watching were able to hold it together--but that all changed with Jenni's brother Lupillo came on stage. You could feel his pain with every movement and every note he sings. It was heartbreaking.
Lupillo knew he wouldn't be able to hold in his tears--he had had enough of a hard time during rehearsals. So he decided to come on stage with dark sunglasses. But we didn't have to see his eyes to know, his voice was almost crying.
Before coming on, Lupillo tweeted: "#jennivive" and posted the picture you see here of his nieces, writing, "Very proud."
Jenni ended up taking 4 Premios Lo Nuestro statues at the end of the night: Album of the Year for Joyas Prestadas, Feminine Pop Artist of the Year, Feminine Regional Mexican Artist, and Premios Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year. Each one well deserved.
For now here's video of the Diva of Banda in Premios Lo Nuestro in 2011:
Image via Univisión.com; additional reporting by Alicia Civita