By Alicia Civita |
Miami (EFE) .- Bad Bunny maintained his crown as the king of Latin music this Thursday by receiving nine Billboard Awards, which made him the most awarded artist on a night full of emotional and unexpected moments from favorites always like Raphael, Chayanne and even Nicky Jam.
Benito Martínez Ocasio, Bad Bunny, won in categories such as Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Album of the Year for “Un Verano Sin Ti” and Songwriter of the Year , while his song “Volví” won Tropical Song of the Year, among others. .
Farruko, with four awards, and Karol G, with three, complete the trio of most awarded artists. For their part, Sony Music Latin and Rimas were the main record labels with nine and six awards, respectively.
Neither Bad Bunny nor Karol G were in attendance at the awards gala who were threatened earlier this week by the possibility of devastating Hurricane Ian moving through southeastern Florida.
The greats on stage
While the American Iván Cornejo, 18, received the prize for new artist and the most popular young people of the moment interpreted his hits such as “La Bachata” by Manuel Turizo, “Ya Supérame” by Grupo Firme and “Carne y Hueso” by Tini, it was the consolidated and “lifetime” artists who generated the most moving moments of the night.
Raphael received the Billboard Artistic Career Award from Cuban singer-songwriter Willy Chirino and in his tribute he was accompanied precisely by Pablo López and the guys from CNCO in a mix of his greatest hits, including “Mi Gran Noche “, “Estar Enamorado”, “How I Love You”, “What Nobody Knows”, and “Scandal”.
“I’m very excited because it’s been many years since the taste of the public has been satisfied. I’ve never missed Miami for 60 years. I love them to death,” Raphael said.
Chayanne, who was accompanied by her children Lorenzo and Isadora, received the Billboard Icon Award.
Between firsts and successes
The 30 performers who took to the stage at the Watsco Center, the University of Miami’s main theater, filled the night with musical numbers that included world premieres.
Chayanne performed her new song “Como Tú y Yo”, a romantic dance theme.
For his part, Raphaël surprised with the premiere of “De Tanta Gente”, part of his new album “Victoria”, which he produced with Pablo López and whose premiere will take place in November.
Blurred genres and borders
The gala was opened by Puerto Rican Ozuna, who presented his latest hit, “La Copa”, live. His presentation touched on the video he recorded in Madrid, the popularity of which earned him an invitation to the World Cup in Qatar.
Among the urban artists, Farruko also stood out with the new remix of “Nazareno”, which included a special participation from Ankhal, and also previewed his next single, “Viaje”.
Colombia and Mexico have met twice on stage. First it was cumbia with Los Ángeles Azules and Carlos Vives and his “Cumbia del Corazón”. Later, Camilo and Grupo Firme sang their collaboration “Alaska”.
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