Ozuna Breaks Billboard Latin Music Awards Record With 11 Wins

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Ozuna's at the top of the charts -- and mirrored that success at the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday. 

The reggaetonero took home a record-breaking 11 trophies at the awards show in Las Vegas, Nevada, including the coveted Artist of the Year prize. Ozuna's 11 wins marks the most earned by any one artist in a year. The next biggest winner of the night was Nicky Jam, with five wins, and Bad Bunny, with four. Shakira was the most-winning female of the event, with two trophies. 

Among Ozuna's awards were Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male, Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo and Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male. The performer also hit the stage for electric performances of "Taki Taki," "Baila, Baila, Baila" and "Te Robaré" with fellow artists Daddy Yankee, DJ Snake, Nicky Jam and Anuel AA. 

It's been a big week for Ozuna, who was also one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Luis Fonsi couldn't help but praise the 27-year-old artist for all his success when he spoke with ET on the red carpet ahead of the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday. 

 

"First of all, [I feel] proud, proud of all my brothers, Ozuna, Yankee, Bad Bunny," he told ET's Denny Directo and Grecia Lopez. "What these guys are doing, they're breaking records, we're breaking barriers, and that's what it's all about."

"For that little island, where I'm from, which is where my heart is, Puerto Rico, to be able to travel the world and hopefully give back to our community is so important," he added. "So I'm proud of them, and we're having fun."

Ozuna said in his recent Billboard cover story that he hopes to see Latin music continue to reach new heights. 

"I want Latino culture to truly break into the United States, because it really hasn't yet," he said. "There isn't enough mainstream art that centers on Latino identity. All the time it’s 'English, English, English.' If I have the opportunity of having so many followers, and helping to take Latino artists and culture to the mainstream, I'm not going to selfishly throw it away because I learned English and can 'cross over.'"

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