Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias were the big winners at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards held at the BankUnited Center Thursday night.
The singers each went home with seven awards apiece, six for their collaboration, El Perdón, including Hot Latin Song of the Year; Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Airplay Song of the Year; Digital Song of the Year; Streaming Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.
Mexican recording artist Juan Gabriel was the next big thing, nabbing five awards, two for his 30th studio album Los Dúo, featuring duets with such talent as Fifth Harmony, Laura Pausini and David Bisbal.
Speaking of duets, the three-hour show, which aired live on Telemundo, featured various collaborations by the hottest names in Latin music.
The evening, hosted by Gaby Espino and La Voz Kids coach Pedro Fernandez, kicked off with a performance of Algo Contigo (Something With You) by Gente de Zona, Farruko, Papayo and El Dasa.
Daddy Yankee and Don Omar hit the stage with a medley of their greatest hits, ending the set with Hasta Abajo (To the Bottom). Both artists were honored with the Billboard Leadership Award, for “breaking boundaries and revolutionizing the industry.”
Looking great in a sexy black leotard, new mom Paulina Rubio — who gave birth to a boy she and musician boyfriend Gerardo Bazúa named Eros just last month — linked up with Alexis y Fido for Si Te Vas.
Marco Antonio Solis, who received the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, topped off a tremendous night taking the spotlight with Marc Anthony for Si No Te Hubieras Ido (If You Hadn’t Left).
The always rocking event featured other surprise musical hookups; e.g., Jencarlos Canela and Lennox for Baby; J Balvin and Fuego for Ginza; and Yandel and Victoria Manuelle on Imaginar.
For the complete list of winners, go to www.Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard