The annual Latin music awards ceremony was held at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on Thursday. Hosted by Chiquinquirá Delgado, Jose Ron and Yuri, a slew of artists took the stage to accept their award, make passionate speeches, and entertain the audience with their stellar performances.
The night kicked off with an emotional tribute to the late composer and singer, who died at the age of 85 in December from the coronavirus. A number of singers praised Manzanero before Alejandra Guzmán, Lila Downs and Yuri beautifully sang his hits "Voy a Apagar La Luz," "Te Extraño" and "Adoro." Arthur Hanlon accompanied the ladies on piano.
The Colombian singer took the stage to debut new songs off his album#7DJ (7 Days in Jamaica). Maluma delivered a melody of tunes, which included "Agua de Jamaica," and "La Burbuja," followed by "Hawái."
Anthony took a moment to pay tribute to the salsa icon, who died on Feb. 15 at the age of 85.
"Tonight I want to honor and thank one of the pillars of salsa music, a musical genius who recently died. The great maestro Johnny Pacheco," Anthony said in Spanish, adding that without Pacheco salsa music wouldn't exist.
"And without salsa, I don't know who I would be," Anthony continued. "Your music was the soundtrack to my life while I grew up in New York. You were always with me… Thank you for all the memories, Mr. Pacheco. Thank you for the music. We know there is a party in heaven. Tonight, on this stage, and forevermore we will sing in your honor. I love you, maestro."
Following Anthony's words, Gilberto Santa Rosa performed a tribute.
Viewers were taken by surprise when the singer showed off her baby bump during her performance of "Antes Que Salga el Sol" with Prince Royce. Natti looked regal in a white, off-the-shoulder pantsuit, white gloves and gloves. She glowed on stage, and received a special congratulations from Royce as they concluded the song.
This will be Natti's first child. She announced her engagement to longtime manager Raphy Pina earlier this month.
Gloria Trevi Receives Premio a la Trayectoria Award
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of her album, Tu Angel de la Guarda, and hit, "Pelo Suelto," Trevi put on a show! She took the stage in a silver, shimmering mini dress to belt out "Pelo Suelto" and "Cinco Minutos."
She was then joined by Ivy Queen to sing "Todos Me Miran," "Grande" and "Gloria," with a whole group of dancers in black and hot pink ensembles. During her acceptance speech, she thanked god, her fans and children. Trevi also revealed that she recently found out one of her son's tested positive for COVID-19, but was doing well.
Bringing the cumbia to PLN, Chiquis joined the Mexican musical group to sing "El Listón De Tu Pelo." She was followed by Gilberto Cerezo of Kinky singing "Mis Sentimientos." Trevi then closed the performance by singing "Cómo Te Voy a Olvidar."
The group then accepted the award for Legado Musical.
Wisin's Premio a la Excelencia Performance is a Total Party
The artist had a slew of guest performers to accompanying him during his performance. Jhay Cortez, Rauw Alejandro and Zion & Lennox, as well as Carlos Vives sang Wisin’s hit songs “Fiel,” “Mayor Que Yo,” “Vacaciones” and “Nota de Amor.”
The Puerto Rican singers closed the night with the first TV performance of their song "RD" and "Antes," which are featured on their joint album of the same name. They got viewers on their feet as they jammed along to the beat.