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Marc Anthony big winner of the night at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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Dale! The biggest names in Latin music converged to celebrate the best of the best at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards Thursday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The three-hour ceremony — co-hosted by Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez — was jam-packed from the get-go, with saucy red carpet looks, star-studded collaborations ( Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini doing Vive Ya was a serious highlight), passionate acceptance speeches and performances by such heavy hitters as Juanes, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Chayanne, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi and Cristian Castro. Another highlight: Wisin and Sean Paul wowing with their lively duet of Baby Danger.

Top honors of the evening went to salsa superstar and mainstream crossover artist Marc Anthony, who went home with a whopping 10 premios, including Artist of the Year, Airplay Song of the Year and Top Latin Album of the Year. The Vivir Mi Vida chart-topper is currently working on an English album.

Coming in second in terms of sheer volume: Veteran regional Mexican group La Arrolladora Banda el Limón (led by René Camacho) was honored with five awards including Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.

Dominican singer/songwriter Prince Royce, who usually sweeps these types of shows, collected a respectable four statuettes including Streaming Song of the Year.

Bronx boy wonder Romeo Santos and the late, great Jenni Rivera received three awards each. Colombian crooner Carlos Vives was honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for his commitment to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities; Bocelli got a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Fame Award went to Venezuelan solo artist Franco de Vita.

Missed the action? At 8 p.m. Saturday, Telemundo will offer at-home viewers a backstage pass during the special, Billboard Extra, with behind-the-scenes interviews and antics as well as a recap of the entire show.


Madeleine Marr

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