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Ivy Queen And Nesi Joined Bad Bunny On Stage For This Epic “Yo Perreo Sola” Remix

Of course, 2020 will go down in history as an absolute pesadilla of a year. From our politics and racial inequality to the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen and experienced the absolute worst this year. It’s been a constant onslaught that it seems like our lives are dominated by bad news 24/7. And that’s not exactly a lie.

But if there’s one silver lining to 2020 – it’s been the music.

From surprise releases by Bad Bunny and Maluma and several new singles from J Balvin to chart-topping bops from Cardi B and Karol G, the music this year has been pure fire. It’s truly helped so many people get through 2020 and now with award season approaching, we’re likely to get some extra good bits.

That’s exactly what Bad Bunny had in mind for us as he took the stage last night with two female artists, to bring us a special remix of one of the year’s most iconic songs.

Bad Bunny teamed up with two female artists to give us the remix to “Yo Perreo Sola” we’ve always wanted.

Last night at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles, Bad Bunny gave his fans the ultimate gift – a special remix of one of his most iconic songs. And it wasn’t just any ol’ remix. San Benito brought out two special reggaetóneras to sing alongside him and it was everything.

El Conejo Malo performed his hit song, “Yo Perreo Sola,” but before he even took the stage, none other than the reggaeton queen herself, Ivy Queen, kicked off the performance. Wearing a full bedazzled black-and-silver bodysuit, Ivy began dancing along to the song before taking off her mask and unveiling herself. She sang the first verses before Bad Bunny made his entrance. The twosome were also joined by Puerto Rican rapper Nesi, who is originally featured on the single.

Ivy has said in the past that today’s reggaetón artists seem to be shunning the stars and artists of the past – not paying respect where respect is due. In fact, Bad Bunny had come under fire for not featuring Nesi as a writer on the single when it was first released. So, it was nice to see Bad Bunny share the spotlight with the OG reggaetónera and the voice that helped make the song the success it’s become.

The remix is a total bop and couldn’t have come at a better time.

I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t know if “Yo Perreo Sola” could actually get any better. From the lyrics and message to the video, it’s the total package.

But this remix really takes the track to the next level!

Our reina – Ivy Queen – arguably stole the show last night with her performance.

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Everything about last night’s award ceremony was fine. Obviously, not having a live audience makes things difficult for the performers. And that was obvious to viewers until Ivy Queen took the stage.

When the OG Queen emerged onstage in a structured superhero fit in a style I’d like to label “robotic diamonds,” she came complete with exaggerated hips and shoulders. She looked incredible. Show-stopping good. Like, unnecessarily good. So good, in fact, that everyone else looked bad. For a show without an audience, she went well above and beyond.

And we stand hard Ivy Queen, she’s repeatedly shown just how incredible she is.

How many of us feel like we have special connections with a certain singer or artist or actor? The type of connection that makes you basically tear up the moment you think about them or a song that has a special meaning for you?

For so many of us, the chance to meet one of our icons is everything. Well, Ivy Queen makes people’s dreams come true. She has special connections with so many of her fans and she makes herself accessible.

Many of her fans have said they see her as a mother figure for her acceptance and warm embrace.

Bad Bunny was also awarded Top Latin Artist – an award that many say he deserves.

Right after the stunning performance – I’m still gooped! – Bad Bunny was awarded Top Latin Artist.

“What a time to be Latino. We got the power. So proud, thank you to Billboards, thank you to all my fans around the world,” he said before dedicating his award to all the women in the world, especially Latinas.

“Without you nothing would exist,” he continued in Spanish. “Enough violence against women. Let’s educate everyone now for a better future.”He added that everyone should understand that you can have fun and be respectful at the same time. “Si ella no quiere bailar contigo, respeta. Ella perrea sola.”

And excitement is not over for San Benito just yet. Next week at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Bad Bunny is up for 14 nominations and next month we’ll see if he wins any of his nine Latin Grammy nods.

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Reggaetón Won Big At This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards And These Two Artists Took Center Stage

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Reggaetón Won Big At This Year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards And These Two Artists Took Center Stage

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The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards have finally come and gone after being postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. So many of us were anticipating the night asa chance to escape from all the worldwide drama – even if only for one night. And the awards show definitely delivered.

Going into the night, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were expected to win big with 14 nominations each including Artist of the Year. But it was Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee who went home with seven awards each. And when the awards weren’t being handed out, Pitbull, Paulina Rubio and Ozuna, along with many others artists, delivered stunning performances.

Much of the show’s success is owed to Venezuelan actress Gaby Espino who served as the show’s host with help from Nicaraguan co-host Nastassja Bolivar.

Reggaetón artists stole the show at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards and we couldn’t be more proud.

Although reggaetón artists were expected to win big this year, many were still surprised at just how well some of the biggest artists ended up doing. Both Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed with seven trophies each at last night’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Of course, the night was about celebrating all the incredible music these artists have brought us this year – perhaps a git more important than ever as we all struggle amid a pandemic and other global issues. But so many artists shined a light on front-line workers, victims of Covid-19 and violence against women – it was a very powerful evening.

One of the first groups to speak out was Wisin y Yandel. The duo sent a powerful message through their acceptance speech, with Yandel ending it with a resounding “no more abuse against women.” Wisin urged Latinos to get out and vote on Nov. 3 with his second message. “Go out and vote because we’re voting for our future. And vote for that person that will actually care about our community.”

And to top it all off, Maluma accepted the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award, in honor of his foundation, El Arte de los Sueños, which protects youth in pursuit of their dreams.

Bad Bunny is our reigning Artist of the Year.

After last night’s award ceremony, we have a new reigning Top Artist of the Year in Bad Bunny. Although the reggaetónero didn’t attend the award ceremony, he was definitely a highlight of the night.

San Benito took home seven awards (from his 14 nominations) including the top honor, as well as top Latin Album for “X 100PRE” and Songwriter of the Year.

Daddy Yankee, Karol G and several other top artists won big as well.

Daddy Yankee won six of his awards for his hit “Con Calma,” which featured the 1990s artist Snow. His honors included the hot Latin song “Aware.” During his acceptance speech, he acknowledged these have been tough times and dedicated his award to those who have lost their loved ones due to COVID-19.

“These have been challenging times and I want to share this award with those who have been perseverant and those who have lost a loved one. Music continues to be the best medicine,” he said.

Karol G also won big with prizes for Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female, and Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female.

Ozuna gave us two incredible live performances.

About an hour into the show, Ozuna and the Black Eyed Peas heated up the stage with their smash hit “Mamacita.” Practicing social distancing, Ozuna sang from one stage while Taboo, apl.de.ap and J. Rey Soul danced away to the catchy tune and will.i.am was in another stage delivering the catchy hook “Mamacita, Mamacita, que bonita.”

In his second performance of the night, Ozuna returned to the stage for an intimate performance of “Gracias.” Surrounded by candles and dressed in angelic white, a thankful Ozuna slowed things down for this stripped-down acoustic track. Making the performance even more special and personal, the superstar’s kids joined him onstage. By far one of the most beautiful performances of the night. “Let’s take care of our families,” Ozuna said. “Let’s take care of women. There are too many femicides around the world and they are the ones who gave us life.”

Another standout moment was the special tribute in honor of Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero.

Artists Pablo Alborán, Luis Fonsi, Jesús Navarro (Reik) and Joy (Jesse & Joy) sang a medley of Manzanero classics including “Contigo Aprendí” and “No Sé Tu.”

“I have no words to express what my heart is feeling right now after singing with this new generation of artists that is so grand, strong and talented in a special stage like this one,” Manzanero said following his performance.

Meanwhile, the ear worm “Despacito” was named Song of the Decade.

It seems we can’t escape this 2017 hit featuring Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. We won’t mention the other version that also had an appearance by Justin Bieber – although I guess I just did.

But it was inducted into Billboard Latin Music history as it took home the evenings Song of the Decade award – marking another win for Daddy Yankee.

Did you watch the awards show? What did you think?

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Billboard’s Latin Music Week Starts Tomorrow And These Are The ‘Can’t Miss’ Events You Can Join For Free

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Billboard’s Latin Music Week Starts Tomorrow And These Are The ‘Can’t Miss’ Events You Can Join For Free

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Billboard’s annual Latin Music Week has finally arrived and this year is extra special since it’s the 30th anniversary of the annual event. Not to mention the entire lineup of events – from concerts to Q&As – has gone virtual, making it easier than ever for you and me to join in.

Already the event schedule looks incredible, including a live Q&A with Jennifer Lopez and Maluma about Latin musics path to Hollywood.

So if you’re finding yourself bored at home (as so many of us continue social distancing) this is the perfect roundup of events to keep us entertained.

Billboard’s Latin Music Week starts today and it promises to be a one stop shop for music fans.

With all of us being cooped up at home still, this year’s Billboard Latin Music Week is hotly anticipated. The four-day immersive experience officially starts today (Tuesday, October 20) and will be dedicated to Latin music, culture, and entertainment.

And this yer is extra special because Billboard is celebrating it’s 30th birthday for the annual event, making it the longest running and biggest Latin music industry event. And this year for the first time ever it will be completely virtual, meaning you can easily join in on the intimate artist conversations, industry panels, workshops, and performances.

According to Leila Cobo, a VP at Billboard, “Latin music has become a formidable and undeniable uniting force around the world, so it’s fitting that this year’s virtual Latin Music Week will be globally accessible at no cost to the industry and fans for the first time. She added that “Our virtual event will allow us to connect with fans and artists from all over the world no matter where they are. During these very difficult times, we are thrilled to extend an invitation to all who wish to celebrate Latin music and culture.”

The week will be full of immersive events and online concerts that you won’t want to miss.

For the first time in its 30 years of existence, Billboard Latin Music Week will take place virtually, from Oct. 20-23, meaning that you can easily join in on all the events.

So far, Billboard has confirmed a long list of panels, performances, workshops and Q&As – including one with Jennifer Lopez and Maluma. And performances by Pharrel Williams, Anuel AA, Ozuna, J Balvin, Maluma, Becky G, Los Tigres Del Norte, and many others. You can get a look at the full lineup of events here.

The craziest/best part – it’s completely free! But you have to RSVP so make sure you sign up for your spot here.

This year’s events coincide with this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards broadcasting live on Oct. 21 via Telemundo, with awards to be given out in 59 categories honoring the top artists, songs, albums, labels, publishers, songwriters, and producers of the year.

It’s hard to believe but Billboard is celebrating 30 years of Latin Music Week and looking back on stars before they were megastars.

Since this year marks the 30th anniversary of Latin Music Week, Billboard is taking a look back – way back. The music entertainment giant has put together a playlist of video interviews with stars before they became global sensations.

For example, Maluma’s interview from 2015 just as he was beginning to get mainstream recognition. OMG…that baby face!

Bad Bunny also has an old interview on the site from 2017 (ok…not that long ago) and he looks so different and even sounds so different. It’s so cool to look back on these artists and spot the differences.

Billboard has even put together the ultimate playlist to help commemorate the special week!

Featuring hits from all of this year’s top Billboard Latin Music Award contenders, this playlist is pure fire and will definitely hype you up – which is much needed since we’re all still staying at home amid this major spike in Coronavirus cases.

Remember, the events start today and you can get the full schedule and RSVP here.

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