Prince Royce did it again.
The bachata royal swept the Premio Lo Nuestro awards held at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday night. The Bronx native walked away with six trophies, including Tropical contemporary artist of the year. His heartfelt duet with Maná, El Verdadero Amor Perdona (Real Love Forgives), snagged best rock/alternative song as well as best collaboration.
Speaking of Royce’s collaborations, the Incondicional crooner joined Mexican pop star Thalía for Te Perdiste Mi Amor (You Lost My Love) from her album Habitame Siempre (Live in Me Always).
Juan Luis Guerra paid homage to the show’s 25-year history by doing a peppy mix of favorites performed on Premios of years past.
No Miami music ceremony would be complete without the presence of Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, who got the audience moving with his dance hit Echa Pa’lla ( Sube Las Manos P’Arriba). Rough translation: Shake your booty! The rapper tweeted on Wednesday that he was excited for his gig, posting a picture at rehearsals with the caption, “Are u ready? Dale!”
Big water-cooler topic was the reunion of former Menudo boy banders Ricky Martin and Draco Rosa for Más y Más, the advance single off Draco’s new album, Vida.
Probably the most emotional moments of the evening came with a tribute to the Diva de La Banda, Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash late last year. Rivera was honored with five awards.
Fashion also took the spotlight. Olga Tanon chose a white pantsuit (trying to copy Pitbull?). Co-host Ninel Conde vamped it up in a skintight sparkler and J.Lo-esque updo. Telenovela star Cristian De La Fuente rocked a retro bow tie. Thalía, in red, was dripping in gold jewelry. Candela Ferro went casual; her flouncy dress had pockets.
For a full list of winners, go to www.miamiherald.com/people