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

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. 

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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!

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J Balvin and Karol G Lead 2021 Latin American Music Awards Nominations, Bad Bunny Follows

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J Balvin and Karol G Lead 2021 Latin American Music Awards Nominations, Bad Bunny Follows

The nominations for this year’s Latin American Music Awards have just been released. The most-nominated artists are Colombia’s J Balvin and Karol G with nine nominations each. Right behind them is Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny with eight nominations.

The Latin AMAs are recognizing the power of la “Tusa.”

Undoubtedly, 2020 was a big year in Karol G’s career thanks to her monster smash “Tusa” with Nicki Minaj. She’s the only woman in the Artist of the Year category alongside heavy-hitters like J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Maluma, and Ozuna. “Tusa” is up for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year, which also grants Minaj a few Latin AMAs nominations.

Bad Bunny and J Balvin face-off in most of the major categories.

Thanks to his feature another one of last year’s big hits, “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” with the Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin is tied with Karol G. It’s also up for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Balvin’s Colores faces off with Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG in the Album of the Year category. Benito is up for Song of the Year as well for his perreo-de-résistance “Yo Perreo Sola.”

The Latin AMAs are also recognizing the rising regional Mexican music stars.

Ozuna follows Bad Bunny with seven nominations. Colombian pop star Camilo and Karol G’s fiancé Anuel AA hold six nominations each. The Latin American Music Awards also has genre-based categories, allowing for rising Mexican acts like Natanael Cano, Christian Nodal, and Eslabon Armado to be among the night’s most-nominated acts with five nominations each.

Thanks to the recent phenomenon of pop stars teaming up with Latin music artists, Dua Lipa, Doja Cat, and Carrie Underwood are among the interesting nominees. Fans can vote for their favorites now and see the full nominations list at LatinAMAs.com/vota. The Latin AMAs will air live on Telemundo on April 15.

Read: 10 Rising Latin Music Stars to Watch For in 2021

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Exclusive: Nicky Jam Talks ‘Tom & Jerry’ and Teaming Up With Romeo Santos

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Exclusive: Nicky Jam Talks ‘Tom & Jerry’ and Teaming Up With Romeo Santos

Nicky Jam is stepping in 2021 with something for everyone. The Boricua OG will be reaching out to his younger fans as Butch the Cat in Tom & Jerry. The movie was released to HBO Max and theaters on Feb. 26. For his longtime fans, there’s his new single “Fan de Tus Fotos” with Romeo Santos.

Nicky Jam is growing his Hollywood résumé.

“I’m a big fan of Tom & Jerry,” Jam tells Latido Music. “You know you made it when you do something that’s got to do with the kids. Children are everything. That’s the future of our world. That’s going to be iconic and all the kids are going to watch that forever.”

Tom & Jerry is Jam’s latest foray into Hollywood. The movie also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, and fellow reggaetonero Ozuna. Last year, Jam appeared in the blockbuster Bad Boys for Life and in 2019, he was able to tell his life story in the Netflix series Nicky Jam: El Ganador.

Don’t worry. Music is still in the mix.

This year Jam expanded his brand with The Rockstar Show, his YouTube talk show where he chats with other Latin music superstars. Recent guests include Maluma, Karol G, and Luis Fonsi. Music is still a part of the picture. His recent tease of his next album is the sexy “Fan de Tus Fotos” with the King of Bachata. In an exclusive interview with Latido Music, Jam talked to us about taking on Hollywood and reteaming with Santos.

What can you tell us about your character in Tom & Jerry?

I’m an alley cat. I’m playing Butch. You know I can relate because I’m an alley cat myself. I’m from the streets. You know what I’m saying? I got that New York accent, so I think it’s a good combination. My favorite color is black, so for some reason, it’s a good combination.

What was the experience like to team up with Romeo Santos again for “Fan de Tus Fotos”?

It was really good because I was really, really looking forward to doing something with Romeo Santos alone because [last time we] did a song with Daddy Yankee [“Bella y Sensual“]. I said, “You know, we need to something alone because it’s part of my bucket list.” I sent him a song first and he was like, [Nicky imitating Romeo’s voice] “Yo, Nicky, I don’t know. I don’t like this song. I think it’s not my style.” And then I sent him another one and he was like, “The song’s a hit, but I don’t see me there.” And then I sent him the third one and he loved the song. We did the video. You know. The rest is history.

What was the experience like to regroup with Daddy Yankee as Los Cangris last year for “Muévelo”?

It’s always good to work with Daddy Yankee. The respect that we have for each other. I reminisce so much when I’m with him. He gives me so many memories of what we did in the past. And to see that we’re still doing it today after 25 years is just amazing.

Are you going to release another album soon?

Yeah! The new album is called Infinity and it’s going to be out at the end of March.

We know you for your music but you expanded your brand more into Hollywood with El Ganador, Bad Boys for Life, and Tom & Jerry. Can you tell us more about taking that direction?

It’s something that I want. My dream is to have a star on Hollywood on the floor on the Walk of Fame, so that’s going to take me there. I’ve already done so much with the music. There are no challenges in the music anymore for me. Acting is where the challenges are at and I’m just focusing on that.

As one of the OG reggaetoneros, what do you think of the reggaeton music scene now?

I’m like a proud father to see where it’s at. To see that I’m one of the architects of this and I knocked on doors for it to be where it’s at today. Every time I see Bad Bunny on Saturday Night Live or I see somebody doing the Super Bowl or anything like that, I’m like, “It was worth it.” We busted our a*ses and today we got the respect that we wanted.

What more can we expect from Nicky Jam in 2021?

I’m still working hard on my show The Rockstar Show. Growing so much on that show. Apart from that, I got a movie called American Sole. Kevin Hart is the executive producer of that movie. It’s about the sneaker game and it’s going to be huge as well.

Read: Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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