All that rain couldn’t dampen the Premios Juventud.
Univision’s annual party celebrating the best of young (ish) Latin talent celebrated its 10th birthday Thursday night at Coral Gables’ BankUnited Center in subtropical style. The boardwalk-themed “red carpet” was decorated with colorful surfboards, plastic fish, and beach balls.
Inside, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull kicked off the action with club hits On the Floor, Dance Again, Live It Up, and Don’t Stop the Party. Lopez started out inside a bird cage; Mr. Worldwide atop a silver jungle gym. The two ended up taking a dip in the onstage swimming pool. You can thank Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart for making some of the high-energy, laser-filled magic happen — the dancer/choreographer helped with the production, he said.
There were other performances by (proud to be an American) Marc Anthony, who appropriately sang amid umbrellas; Chino y Nacho, Thalía, and Ricky Martin, driving the crowd loco with his signature sexy moves in a preview of his Spanglish version of Come With Me. Prince Royce wooed fans with Darte un Beso; telenovela cutie Jencarlos Canela debuted I Love It. Yes, this homeboy can act and sing.
For the Premios Juventud, Spanish-speaking celebs working in the fields of film, music, sports, fashion, and pop culture were nominated and chosen by viewers online. No surprise here: Prince Royce (aka Geoffrey Rojas) cleaned up, grabbing five “P” trophies, including Red Hot Artist, Catchiest Tune, and My Favorite Video. The late “Queen of Banda”, Jenni Rivera, came in a close second with four awards. Other names in the winner’s circle were Bruno Mars, Maná, and Shakira.
J.Lo may never get an Oscar, but she can add Worldwide Icon to the résumé. The entertainer was presented with the Premio Ícono Mundial. Sra. Lopez also took home another in the Movies category: She Steals the Show.