The list of nominees for this year's Premio lo Nuestro awards was truly impressive. However, nothing like the live show and the group of amazing stars that came together for what promised to be the fiestón of the year. The night was impressive. And while we're talking about fiestas, who better than Victor Manuelle to open the show with a special salsa performance?
With hosts Ninel Conde and William Levy, tonight's show had, besides elegance and rhythm, a very sensual undercurrent. Despite that, the stars didn't forget to lend an air of solemnity to the night and to show their solidarity with the people of Venezuela. That was the spirit from beginning to end, very emotional and appropriate, and with plenty of awesome surprises. Read on and I'll tell you all about them.
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Among the performances that stood out tonight was what started out as a romantic ballad Enrique Iglesias and Marco Antonio Solis sang as a duet that later turned into an explosion of rhythm between Iglesias and Pitbull, singing "I'm a Freak." La Banda el Recodo, one of the most internationally renowned regional Mexican groups, performed their hit "Vas a llorar por mí." And speaking of tears, Jencarlos Canela debuted his song "Irreparable," which delivered a very impactful message against all the ills that are affecting our society (he sang the heck out of it, to the point of almost crying). Pepe Aguilar graced the stage dressed as a traditional tapatío. And Marco Antonio Solis brought us his music and style, that as Diego Luna said when he was introducing the legendary singer, has been with us "for generations." Prince Royce and Romeo Santos brought some bachata romance to the show.
La Reina del Rock, Alejandra Guzman, brought the edge to tonight's celebration with her unique style and celebrating her 25 year career. Guzman was in a mellow mood, but with that strong personality and throaty voice that are her trademarks. Yandel and Daddy Yankee pumped up the volume in the American Airlines Arena and lit the stage on fire with their music and the army of dancers "Moviendo Caderas." Gloria Trevi's performance was, as expected, an exaggerated dramatic spectacle, while Luis Fonsi brought his "Corazón en la maleta" with a heartfelt performance.
After Pitbull introduced him with a very sincere admiration, Marc Anthony got everyone on their feet to dance (including me!) with a medley of some of his most popular hits.
The first award of the night for Video of the Year went to Romero Santos for his "Propuesta indecente." The Dominican bachata crooner spoke to his English-dominant fan base, I'm sure so they wouldn't feel excluded. The award for Tropical Song of the Year went to Marc Anthony's "Vivir mi vida;" Male Pop Artist of the Year went to Marco Antonio Solis; Urban Artist of the Year went to Pitbull, whose song "Echa pa'lla (Manos pa'rriba)" also nabbed the Miami native the award for Urban Song of the Year. Other awards that need to be highlighted include Banda el Recodo's as the Regional Mexican Group or Duo of the year, Chino y Nacho for Tropical Duo of the Year, and Best New Artist in Regional Mexican music to El Dasa.
In the Female Artist of the Year category for Regional Mexican music, the award went to Jenni Rivera, a trophy that her daughter Chiquis Marín Rivera and her mom, Doña Rosa Saavedra, received in her honor. "Thank God because although he has her with him, she continues to be victorious here on earth," said Jenni's mom. The Tropical Album of the Year went to Marc Anthony, another one of four awards he received tonight. And the Premio lo Nuestro Artist, as chosen by the fans themselves (just like all of tonight's awards were), went to bachatero Prince Royce.
There were many moments that made tonight special. Check out a few more highlights of tonight below!
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