AMAs 2021: Bad Bunny sweeps and J Balvin goes empty at the Latin American Music Awards | Culture

Pitbull performing at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Florida, at the Latin American Music Awards ceremony.
Pitbull performing at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Florida, at the Latin American Music Awards ceremony.Telemundo / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny was this Thursday the most awarded of the night at the Latin American Music Awards, winning in the five categories in which he was nominated, while J Balvin was left empty-handed despite being one of the greats favorites.

The urban singer won the awards for artist, album and male artist of the year, as well as those for urban favorite artist and urban favorite album. If J Balvin left empty, Karol G, who also reached the top of the nomination list, with nine nominations each, had better luck than his compatriot. The Colombian artist and the American Nicky Minaj were in second place in the awards, with three each, thanks to their collaboration in Cough.

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“For all those girls who come out there, I tell them that I am happy with everything that is happening, that it is possible, that tomorrow you who see me there at home will be here,” said Karol G upon receiving single of the year award.

Christian Nodal, Shakira and Prince Royce each had two awards on a night in which the first two were absent and the excitement of doing live music in front of a small audience was marred by covid-19. The most affected was the Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández, one of the guests of honor of the night. He had three presentations during the night and had also been chosen to receive the Icon award, but the artist had to accept the award digitally from the hotel room where he is quarantined after learning his positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

“I really wanted to be there, but, as we have learned right now, you can’t always do what you want. As they should know, say positive. I feel very well, asymptomatic, strong and in very good spirits, ”said Fernández. The artist took the opportunity to recommend that the public be vaccinated: “It is for the good of all and it is the only way we are going to end this problem that afflicts us all.”

Likewise, the Mexican artist dedicated the award “to all the migrants and to all those families who have been separated at the border. The family is the nucleus of our Latin American culture and all families deserve to be together ”. Although he was in Miami and had five options to win awards, as it happened, Bad Bunny preferred not to attend the gala. Others who suspended their participation in the awards were Marc Anthony and the Chilean urban artist Cami. Both were with Alejandro Fernández on Tuesday night and, although neither of them said they had tested positive in screening tests, they agreed to mention that it was their “responsibility” to take care of others and chose not to attend the gala.

The stage of the BB&T Center, located in the city of Sunrise, about 25 miles north of Miami, was decked out for performances and several musical premieres. The night started with the remix from My girl, with Wisin, Maluma, Myke Towers and Anitta, who had barely rehearsed hours before because she had tested positive for covid-19 in two test rapid. The Brazilian artist met the requirement of taking several negative tests and presented three, so she returned to the gala at the last minute.

Carlos Vives with Ricky Martin

But the two most special performances of the night were by iconic artists. The first was the live premiere of Beautiful song by Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin, who sang this song with touches of the typical Puerto Rican full. And José Luis Rodríguez The Puma starred in the second great moment of the night. The Venezuelan artist received the Legend award, after a special presentation that began with a medley of his songs, which began with the new theme I will come back. Then followed It’s not me, who sang with Carlos Rivera, I’m going to lose my mind for your love with David Bisbal, and closed with Hold on to hands, where Sofía Reyes and Carlos Vives joined.

Subsequently, Ozuna received the special award for Extraordinary Evolution, given to him by his grandmother Eneida, after singing some of his greatest hits. With tears rolling down her cheeks, Ozuna thanked the “old lady” that she had embraced and made an appeal to Latinos. “To love and take care of us,” he encouraged.

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