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Here Are Maná 13 Best Songs To Celebrate Their Upcoming Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award

Growing up Latino, you were destined to come across at least one Maná song during your formative years. Whether that was dancing to “Oye mi amor” at birthday parties or going on a roadtrip with “Rayando el sol” as the soundtrack, Maná just happens. Now the Latin rock icons are being toasted for all their musical and social activism achievements over the last three decades by receiving the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Billboard Awards on April 26. Let’s take a look back at some of their timeless songs that rockeros are still enjoying to this day.

1. “En el muelle de San Blas”


Do any of us know where San Blas even is? Probably not. Do we need to? Not when Maná is painting a mental picture for us. The easy guitar strings easily transport us to a breezy oceanside town as a melancholy woman waits for her long-lost love. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re catching some rays on the beach.

2. “Mariposa traicionera”


When Fher calls you out on your cheating ways, it’s pretty much over. Almost everyone can relate to the line wishing an ex the best, and then having to let them fly off into the wind.

3. “Vivir sin aire”


The band is able to switch from melancholy love songs to mesmerizing love ballads like “Vivir sin aire.” It’s simple and sweet lyrics make it a classic in our books. We’d love to also love Maná a little less, but it’s not possible, they are up there with the GOATs!

4. “Me vale”


¡Échale, Vampiro! This was your jam if you went through a rebellious phase in high school and really just wanted to tell your mom no when it came to helping her clean the house on weekends, having to turn down your music or wanting to wear your hair longer than was allowed. You do you!

5. “Rayando el sol”


We totally get it, the agony of a call (or text) going unanswered. It probably would be easier to get to ‘el sol’ than the heart of some of our matches on hinge. *insert eye roll* This song = the anthem of unrequited love.

6. “Angel de amor”


This was one of the rock songs Maná came back with in the late 2000s after some of their most popular songs in the 1990s. It was a nod back to their roquero says with heavy electric guitar, drums and bass mixed in.

7. “Mi verdad”


After taking years away from the spotlight to focus on social activism, Maná invited Shakira to collaborate with them on this mellow, romantic track. It’s not as memorable as some of their classic ballads, but the lyrics still touch our heartstrings—with all the lies in the world, that special person can still be the light of your life and be the voice that can calm you, like Maná and Shakira sing in this tune.

8. “Labios compartidos”


We feel for any of the guys in the band that have had a less-than-ideal relationship, because judging from their songs, it seems like it happens a lot. “Labios compartidos” is about a woman that strings along the relationship, and the hurt that comes with it. It’s the unofficial rock en español song for friends with benefits.

9. “De pies a cabeza”


For a chill vibe, you can count on the guys to melt you and your crush’s heart with the sultry lyrics of this reggae-inspired song. Nicky Jam even got in on the fun to do a remake! Maná knows how to keep making themselves relevant even after all these decades.

10. “Clavado en un bar”



Ugh, this song cuts deep. We have all had those nights where only a shot of tequila or a cold margarita can cure our heartbreak, and Maná just got it with this rock ballad. Excuse us while we go cry into our shot glass.

11. “Se me olvido otra vez”

We know this isn’t Maná’s song (it’s Juan Gabriel’s) but we wanted to include it on here to show the band’s range. They can breathe new life into an already classic song and turn it into a calypso/rock/salsa track that has everyone in the audience sashaying from side to side.

12. “El verdadero amor perdona”


The band made two versions of this song—one as a rock song and another with bachata royalty, Prince Royce. The remake with Prince Royce is probably the best of the two versions because the emotions seem more palpable with the bachata beat in the background. What genre can’t the band do?!

13. “Oye mi amor”



We had to save the best for last. This is Maná’s magnum opus, the Latin American version of the ubiquitous bar closer that is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”

As soon as that flute starts playing, you had about 5 seconds to run to your place on the dance floor to belt out the first line of “Tú sabes cómo te deseo, tú sabes cómo te he soñado.”

Whoever is dancing next to you while your group sings “Oye mi amor, no me digas que no,” you know that was your crew for life! Friends don’t let friends sing Maná alone.


Quiz: Do You Know the Lyrics to “Oye Mi Amor” by Maná? 

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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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