It’s clear that Miami’s Bank United Center was the place to be on Thursday night. The 11th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards not only brought out plenty of famous faces, it delivered an evening of incredible live performances. From Luis Fonsi’s tweet parade, to Gloria Trevi’s motorcycle-themed dance number, it easily gave this year’s ceremony a run for its money.
Enrique Iglesias gets the credit as the big winner of the night. Taking home nine awards (including Artist of the Year), he made sure to thank the collaborators that helped him create his smash Euphoria album. Juan Luis Guerra, Pitbull, and Wisin y Yandel (who joined Enrique onstage for “No Me Digas”) all got their shout outs in his acceptance speeches.
Expressing his love for the Latin culture at the podium, Enrique said,
“My life has been filled with good moments and bad moments but there is one thing that has been constant and that’s been the public. We have to keep having babies so there can be more and more of us and, hopefully, one day, there will be there will be more Latins than anything. We are already almost there.”
Other big winners of the night included Aventura (who took the stage minus Romeo) and Camila. Proving they were still very much intact, Mario Domm and company wowed the crowd with a performance that included a giant white angel.
Tr3s fave Prince Royce walked away with four awards during the night, while Shakira kept her arms full with six Billboard statuettes. Gloria Estefan got a huge response from the crowd when she walked onstage to accept her Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, which honored her philanthropic work.
But nothing can quite top the night’s grand finale, which united Pitbull, T-Pain, and Jencarlos Canela for triple set of uptempo songs. Perhaps El Don summed up the evening best with his enthusiastic tweet from the afterparty.
“Una noche HISTORICA! Gracias a todos!”
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By Michael Lopez