Awards show brings Latin stars together

Prince Royce in rehearsals for Premio Lo Nuestro awards at AAA
Prince Royce in rehearsals for Premio Lo Nuestro awards at AAA

A little chill couldn’t keep some of the hottest stars in Latin music away from Miami.

Thursday night’s 27th edition of Premio Lo Nuestro (Our Award) at AmericanAirlines Arena was a three hour spectacle hosted by Hoy host Galilea Montijo and actor Cristián de la Fuente. The annual ceremony recognizes excellence in four musical genres: Pop, Tropical, Regional Mexican and Urban. All winners are selected by fans, who cast votes on, where all the winners are posted.

Dozens of international headliners performed 19 musical numbers; the big winners of the evening were Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos, who went home with six awards each.

Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, opened the show alongside new sensation Gente de Zona with a medley of Yo Quiero and Dile la Verdad. J Balvin joined Prince Royce for the Spanglish version of PR’s hit Stuck on a Feeling. Becky G linked up with Thalia for an electric performance of Como Tú.

Salsa great Marc Anthony, who won the Tropical Salsa Artist of the Year honor, took the stage with Romeo Santos to offer the so-called King of Bachata’s single Yo También. In another highlight, multilingual Italian singer Laura Pausini received a career achievement award, “Premio a la Trayectoria Musical.” Anthony and she sang Se Fue, one of her many hits.

After an absence of more than four years, Maná rocked the stage with a debut of his highly anticipated single Mi Verdad, featuring Shakira, the Pop Female Artist of the Year.

Also unveiled live was Ricky Martin’s latest, Disparo al Corazón (Shot to the Heart).

The lineup also included urban sensation Farruko, Colombian rocker Juanes and Dominican legend Juan Luis Guerra.

The evening went big until the very end. Víctor Manuelle closed the show with Que Suenen los Tambores live for the first time.