J.Lo Sang About A Ring, ‘Despacito” Swept The Awards And Other Highlights From The Billboard Latin Music Awards

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At this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards, artists dropped new singles, collaborated for the first time outside the music studio and Mexico’s biggest rock en español band was honored for the members’ contributions to music and social activism.

Here’s how the night kicked off.

Ricky Martin sang solo on stage while dancers held torches, and then the “Fiebre” started.

Then Wilsin y Yandel reunited on stage with Ricky, and it became the first time all three artists performed the song together on stage. The crowd was really into this team up.

CNCO performed their new single “Mamita” on stage after having the most successful debut of a Latin album of 2018 so far. ??

Reggaeton and urban music continued to reign supreme throughout the night, as Wilsin came back on stage with Ozuna. 

There’s a lot of speculation that J.Lo was asking Alex Rodriguez to finally put a ring on it.

She evoked the regal essence of Cleopatra in head-to-toe crystals singing about “El Anillo.” With lyrics like ‘¿Y el anillo pa’ cuando?’ or ‘And the ring, when?’ So, basically not subtle at all.

Nicky Jam and J Balvin gave fans a live look at the viral dance sensation they created with their song “X (Equis).”

Cardi B showed off her baby bump in a pink dress and heels while she jammed with Ozuna for “La Modelo.”

Daddy Yankee , Becky G, Natti Natasha, and Bad Bunny gave a special performance of “Dura, Dura.”

As for the actual awards of the night, the biggest prize of the night went to Ozuna for Artist of the Year, beating out nominees Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and J Balvin.

None of the remaining three artists went home empty handed though.

With Des-pa-cito being played on repeat throughout last year at every club and on every radio station, it was no surprise the song swept the awards.

The track won Airplay Song, Streaming Song, Latin Pop Song, Digital Song, Hot Latin Song (Vocal Event) and Hot Latin Song.

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber were all honored individually as well.

Bieber won Crossover Artist of the Year thanks to the mega hit, and Luis Fonsi received the Hot Latin Song award for a Male Artist.

Daddy Yankee won the most awards of the night with eight awards, including Songwriter of the Year and Latin Rhythm Artist (Solo) of the year.

J Balvin and Beyoncé were all awarded the Latin Rhythm Song for “Mi Gente.”

Shakira took home Hot Latin Song award for a Female Artist as well as Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo. Calibre 50 took the trophy home for Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.

Christian Nodal took home the prize for New Artist of the Year and Maluma was helped out by his #Malumaticas as Social Artist of the Year. 

GRACIAS!! @latinbillboards ?

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Nicky Jam received top Latin Album of the Year for his work on “Fénix.”

Maná, one of the most epic bands of all time in Latin American music, was honored with the Latin Billboard Lifetime achievement award for their musical accomplishments and philanthropic work.

Here’s a complete list of all the winners for all categories, including Tropical and Regional Mexican.

READ: The Billboard Latin Music Awards Nominations Are Out And Justin Bieber Is Among The Most Nominated Artists

Did you watch the show? What was your top moment of the night? Let us know in the comments below!

23 Latinx Documentaries On Netflix to Elevate Your Weekend


23 Latinx Documentaries On Netflix to Elevate Your Weekend


So many of us grew up reading Latin America’s rich history as an aside in a history book written by the white colonizer. As Latinos begin to finally have an honest voice in the film industry, we’re hearing our history told by Latinos.

It’s both thrilling and painful to bear, and these 24 documentaries are at the top of our list.

1.” The Latino List: Volume 1″

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Let’s begin with the obvious. This Netflix Original documentary features some of the biggest Latino names in entertainment, politics, business and science and their truth about what it was like to grow up Latino in America. Spoiler: there were obstacles. Then they conquered them.

This one features America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, and more!

2. “The Latino List: Volume 2”

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Ok, so obviously that topic cannot all fit into one documentary and you’ll need to hear more on point Latino conversations. This volume features insights from George Lopez, Soledad O’Brien, Victor Cruz, and Giselle Fernandez.

3. “Beauties of the Night”

CREDIT: Netflix

You know how everyone’s mother was a disco queen back in the day, but you’re still looking for trophies as proof? This documentary features *actual* former disco queens of the Mexican burlesque variety and they have a lot to say. Hear them out.

4. “Whore’s Glory”

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Hey, look! It’s a compassionate documentary of the lives of sex workers in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. Warning: they use the word prostitute instead of sex worker.

5. “City of God”

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This is not quite a documentary, but is worthy of making this list given it’s status as a four time Oscar nomination back in 2002. It’s based off the true story of a boy named Rocket who grew up in a Rio de Janeiro slum and features his photography from three decades of avoiding a life of crime and drugs.

6. “The Propaganda Game”

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Only one foreigner has ever been given access into present-day North Korea and his name is Álvaro Longoria. Check out what North Korea decided to show the world. Hint: it’s staged, but still fascinating.

7. “Footprints: The Path of Your Life”

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Ever heard of El Camino? It’s a 500 mile, 40 day trek that goes through Spain and is thought of as a spiritual journey. Follow these 10 men who walk the Camino de Santiago.

8. “Fresh Dressed”

CREDIT: Netflix

Director Sacha Jenkins dives deep into the evolution of hip hop street fashion from Armani suits, mink coats and feathered hats into Pumas, Lee Jeans and Kangols. Spoiler: New York Latinos played a key role. Just ask my New Yorican mom.

9. “Narco Cultura”

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So many documentaries about Latinos are centered around drug lords. This one is about the narcocorrido singer El Komander, who waves a bazooka around on stage at cartel-organized concertsIt’s a pretty interesting dive into the culture of ciudad Juarez, infamous for being essentially controlled by the cartel.

10. “Countdown to Death: Pablo Escobar”

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There are half a dozen documentaries on Netflix about Pablo Escobar. This one uses wire taps, rare interviews and images to reconstruct the last nine years of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s life.

11. “Who Killed Pablo Escobar?”

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Following the path of a crime mystery drama, this 45 minute documentary looks into evidence that surfaced in 2014 about Pablo Escobar’s death. Conspiracy theory: a joint effort between the Colombian and U.S. governments are responsible.

12. “Pablo Escobar: Angel or Demon?”

CREDIT: Netflix

When you’re done understand the life and death of Pablo Escobar, now you can ask yourself if he was an angel or a demon. Some people consider him a Robin Hood of sorts, but I’m just going to go ahead and pass judgement on his bloody, murder-y reign in Colombia and go with diablo.

13. “Perú: Tesoro escondido”

CREDIT: Netflix

Want to learn more about Perú in a broad sense? This documentary tries to cram 1,000 years of cultural traditions into just an hour and 16 minutes. The footage is breathtaking and speaks to its natural riches.

14. “Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives”

CREDIT: Netflix

In the 1990s, Robert “Bobbito” García and Adrian “stretch” Bartos introduced the world to underground hip-hop on their offbeat nightly radio hour. They’re the ones who handed the mic over to unsigned acts like Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Big Pun.

P.S. It’s directed by Bobbito himself. True story.

15. “Sunday Ball”

CREDIT: Netflix

You know how sports movies can be so moving when the whole town is rooting for the team? This documentary tells the truer version of that story: The city (Rio) is poor, and the players are underpaid playing on dirt fields. Their passion brings the neighborhoods together in celebration

16. “The Cuba Libre Story”

CREDIT: Netflix

Netflix has Cuba content on lock. This Netflix Original docuseries recounts a holistic view of Cuba’s history, including it’s colonial conquest and how that impacted the government today.

17. “Cuba and the Cameraman”

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Enter the documentaries featuring white men in Cuba. To be fair, this guy actually spent 40 years immersed in Cuba, following 8 families. Follow their stories.

18. “Mateo”

CREDIT: Netflix

Truth: I haven’t watched this. This extranjero falls in love with mariachi while in jail and then sells everything to learn from the best in Mexico. I’ve heard he’s pretty good, but tell us what you think!

19. “The Wolfpack”

CREDIT: Netflix

Oh man, where to begin. This documentary follows the lives of seven siblings who were raised in front of the television by an overprotective Peruvian father. They obsessively re-create the films that consumed their lives, even though it’s not quite the freedom they were searching for. The film won a Grand Jury prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

20. “Los Punks”

CREDIT: Netflix

Viva Los Punks! Let’s be real, Latinos define punk and Angela Boatwright gives us an inside look of the East Los Angeles teens who keep the punk scene alive.

21. “Marias: Faith in Womanhood”

CREDIT: Netflix

We all have at least one tia or middle name named after the Virgin Mary. The documentary interviews a variety of Marias and their different takes on their name and their faith. This one is next on my list.

22. “When Two Worlds Collide”

CREDIT: Netflix

You need to be emotionally prepared before witnessing second-hand the Peruvian government wreak violence on the Amazon’s indigenous peoples over land and money. Watch Peruvian President Alan Garcia and indigenous leader Alberto Pizango fight for what they believe is their land. #TeamPizango

23. “The Day I Met El Chapo”

CREDIT: Netflix

What could go wrong when Kate del Castillo introduces Sean Penn to wanted drug lord El Chapo? Pretty much everything. Watch the three part series that lands El Chapo in prison. Woops!

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