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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!

This Shakira Doppelgänger Is Making A Living Off Her Celebrity Look Alike And Shakira Is Fine With It

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This Shakira Doppelgänger Is Making A Living Off Her Celebrity Look Alike And Shakira Is Fine With It

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No, Shakira doesn’t have a secret sister you’ve never heard of. Rebecca Maiellano or Shakibecca is the Grammy-Award winning artist’s “international double.” Much like Connie Peña who performs as Jennifer Lopez’s doppelganger, Shakibecca is one of many celebrity impersonators that is able to make a living by paying tribute to the idols they coincidentally look just like.

However, not all celebrity doubles are living a life of imitation, others like Mayor Allison Madison who went viral as Cardi B’s double, simply share an uncanny resemblance with the star. 

Rebecca Maiellano is Shakira’s “international double.”

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Venezuelan singer-songwriter Rebecca Maiellano calls herself Shakira’s “international double.” Maiellano puts on a show called Shakibecca Live, and has performed her act on numerous television shows like Univision’s Despierta América. With curly blonde locks, Shakibecca imitates Shakira not just in her manner of dress but also the “La Tortura” singer’s unique voice. The uncanny imitator has garnered her own fanbase of over 100,000 followers on Instagram. 

Shakibecca Live is a tribute to her favorite Colombian singer where she performs in front of live audiences with a band and covers Shakira’s greatest hits. If you can make a living honoring your favorite artists and singing some of your favorite songs — that’s not a bad gig at all. 

Maiellano got the honor of meeting her idol in Mexico where they looked strikingly similar, even wearing similar tights. 

Even the old age app seems to think these two could be twins.

Like everyone else over the summer, Maiellano used the aging app, except she used a photo of herself and Shakira. The results were startling. 

“Con ustedes: Las Shakiabuelitas,” Maiellano wrote on Instagram. “¡Bendecido #domingo para todos nosotros! Los quiero mucho.” 

Shakira isn’t the only celebrity with a look alike. Jennifer Lopez recently met hers too. 

Connie Peña has also successfully built a following around living a life of homage to her favorite Puerto Rican pop star Jennifer Lopez. The enterprising single mom has amassed a following of 70,000 on Instagram and met the future-Oscar-winner over the summer during the “It’s My Party” tour. 

“I finally got the opportunity to meet the Ms Jennifer Lopez, the LEGEND, My ICON, and the woman that has motivated me and impacted my life in so many ways! This day changed my life. I had been waiting so very long for this day to come. I’ve never been so nervous in my life! It has been 1 year to date that I announced to the world that I would be doing the first ever tribute to her,” Peña wrote on Instagram. 

Peña said that though she had pondered the moment of meeting her fave for years, she was so nervous in her presence not a single question would come out. Who could blame her? 

 “The only thing I could get out of my mouth was thanking her for being who she is and how much of a motivation she has been to me and how I am working really hard to bring the first tribute show to her in her honor. It was such a blessing to she her reaction and smile at me and the HUG we had given to each other was unforgettable. Hearing her tell me that ‘WE LOOK ALIKE,’ made my heart drop with joy!” Peña continued. 

The Mexican and Peruvian mother of two said she didn’t need to go on about why she chose to devote her life to honoring J.Lo because the “I’m Real” singer’s body of work speaks for itself. 

Cardi B’s “twin” also went viral this year and just so happens to be mayor of Mound City, Illinois.

“I am Cardi B’s mom,” Mayor Allison Madison joked in a BET interview.  The only difference is Madison isn’t an impersonator, she just happens to look like Cardi and went viral because of it. Madison made history when she became the first black mayor and the first woman mayor of Mound City, Illinois. 

“If there was anything I would tell Cardi B is that she’s going to look good in 40 years,” Madison, who is 40 years older than the 26-year-old rapper, joked. 

Madison made it clear why she is mayor. She praised Cardi B for being honest and authentic about her past struggles and how she overcame them. 

“She’s not worried about what people think, what they say. She is who she is,” she said. “I have had a little adversity… men don’t like the fact a woman [is] being over them.” 

While on The Breakfast Club, Cardi B tried to front but admitted, “She fake kind of look likes me. I ain’t gonna lie, I might look like her or something.”

Wendy Williams Thinks Shakira Should Sit On The Sidelines At The Super Bowl Halftime Show And Here’s Why

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Wendy Williams Thinks Shakira Should Sit On The Sidelines At The Super Bowl Halftime Show And Here’s Why

Fans may be cheering the announcement that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform the Super Bowl LIV halftime show as a touchdown, but daytime talk show host Wendy Williams thinks that at least one part of the duo should be kicked to the sidelines. The outspoken host and author, known for the Hot Topics segment of The Wendy Williams Show, addressed the announcement during her Sept. 30 show, and she made it clear that she was not a fan of Shakira taking the stage in 2020.

Wendy Williams is no fan of Shakira and she made that crystal clear in her ‘Hot Topics’ segment on Monday.

In her ‘Hot Topics’ segment of her show, Wendy had this to say about the Super Bowl halftime show: “No offense to Shakira, but I think Jen could’ve handled this on her own.”

Williams added, “Just saying, because how long is the halftime show going to be? Jen’s got a lot of hits, Shakira’s got a lot of hits… I know more about Jen than I do about Shakira, although Shakira’s an international superstar — I just wish Jen’s performance wasn’t interrupted.”

Despite the controversy, Wendy Williams is standing by her opinion that Jennifer Lopez should perform the Super Bowl show solo! 

According to friends, Wendy Williams is and always has been a huge supporter of Jennifer Lopez, which is why she didn’t find any issue with her comments about the Super Bowl halftime show. Apparently, Wendy is crazy about JLo — she’s a super-fan, and that’s all this was about.

A separate source told TMZ that, “She stands by what she said because she thinks JLo is such a huge name and doesn’t need anybody else to co-headline with her. Wendy just doesn’t understand why the NFL felt the need to choose more than one artist to perform seeing as JLo’s star power is more than enough to handle the gig solo.”

But the damage is done. Shakira fans are savaging Wendy Williams online.

Now, of course, we don’t condone violence of any nature but we can see where the rage is coming from. Shakira is a major super star in her own right and she definitely can hold her own alongside Jennifer Lopez.

While others wanted to remind Wendy of Shakira’s truly epic success.

Shakira is the best selling Latina artist in the USA and globally. Her 2017 album was her most streamed one of all time and won her four Grammys. Not to mention she’s consistently in the top five most streamed artists on YouTube.

Here are just a few more highlights of Shakira’s immense success.

Shakira is credited with bridging the gap between Spanish-language and English-language pop with her 2001 album, ‘Laundry Service’.

Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, which featured a South African band Freshlyground, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time with 10 million downloads. With over 2 billion views, it is one of the most viewed music videos on YouTube.

Not to mention, she has four of the twenty top-selling hits of the 2000s, more than any other artist – and yes, more than Jennifer Lopez.