It was a night full of color and glamour in Tinseltown where the hottest and most outstanding Latin artists came out to shine at the fourth annual Latin American Music Awards, which aired on Telemundo live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in California Thursday night.
Modeled after the American Music Awards (Dick Clark Productions) where music fans have a chance to vote and pick the year’s top winners, the three-hour show featured performances from artists such as Wisin y Yandel, Pitbull, Maluma, Farruko, Anitta, Prince Royce, Zion y Lennox, Becky G, Josh Favela among others.
To help celebrate the power of music and to highlight and honor women across the globe, five different female artist from different musical genres and age groups were chosen to host this year’s Latin AMAs: Roselyn Sanchez, Aracely Arambula, Gloria Trevy, Becky G and Leslie Grace.
Urban superstar and the man responsible for putting Reggaeton on the musical map, Ramon Ayala aka Daddy Yankee, received this year’s Icon Award for his outstanding contribution to his musical genre.
“It’s been three dacades of sacrifice,” Daddy Yankee said. “Dreaming in the barrio I always aspired to be an icon.”
Daddy Yankee also gave a memorable performance of his song “Yo Contra Ti” (“Me Against You”) alongside Puerto Rico’s Symphony Orchestra, where he paid tribute to women who are battling cancer.
Juan Luis Londoño Arias, aka Maluma, was awarded the Premio Evolucion (Evolucion Award) for the urban singer's fast track into superstardom and for being able to achieve worldwide musical reach in just eight short years.
“Thanks to my fans I wake up every morning with the motivation and the hunger to continue building my career and to keep dreaming,” Maluma said.
Mexican singer Gloria Trevy gave an emotional account of her life struggles early in her career when she was lured into a child trafficking ring at the hands of her then manager Sergio Andrade.
Her moving performance of her brand new song “Ella Soy Yo” spoke of her pain and struggles and how she was able to overcome that dark side early in her life and career.
The big winners of the night were CNCO with three awards in the categories of Favorite Pop Album, Favorite Duo or Group and Favorite Artist Pop followed by Becky G who took home two awards in the categories of Favorite Artist Female and Favorite Song Urban for her hit song “Mayores.” Other winners of the night included Christian Nodal, Daddy Yankee, Raymix and Nacho.
Complete List of Winners
Favorite Artist Female – Becky G
Favorite Artist Male – Daddy Yankee
Favorite Artist Pop – CNCO
Favorite Artist Regional Mexican – Chritian Nodal
Favorite Album Pop – CNCO
Favorite Album Regional – Christian Nodal “Me Deje Llevar”
Favorite Song Tropical – Nacho “Bailame”
Favorite Song Urban – Becky G feat Bad Bunny “Mayores”
Favortie Song Regional – Raymix “Oye Mujer”
Favorite Duo or Group - CNCO
Favorite Video – Anitta “Medicina”
Icon Award – Daddy Yankee
Evolution Award – Maluma