Colombian pop star Shakira and Dominican-American bachata singer Prince Royce were the big winners here at Univision’s “Premio Lo Nuestro” Latin music awards show, taking home four trophies each.
Shakira walked away with Artist of the Year in the general category, as well as Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Sale el Sol” and Song of the Year for “Rabiosa” (with Dominican rapper El Cata) in the pop category.
Prince Royce, for his part, was honored in the general category for Collaboration of the Year (with Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee) for the track “Ven Conmigo” and also snagged Song of the Year for “El Amor que Perdimos,” Male Artist of the Year and Contemporary Artist of the Year in the tropical category.
Coming in just behind Shakira and Prince Royce was the Mexican Tejano/Norteño band Intocable, which won three awards, while Mexican rockers Mana and Cuban-American hip-hop star Pitbull each came away with two.
Pitbull dedicated his Urban Artist of the Year award to his fellow nominees in that category - Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Wisin & Yandel, thanking them for continuing to open doors worldwide for urban music.
The 24th edition of the Premio Lo Nuestro extravaganza, broadcast live Thursday night from Miami’s American Airlines Arena, kicked off with a high-energy, hi-tech number by Daddy Yankee, who performed his hit song “Lovumba.”
The stage was lit by what appeared to be a network of cellular circuits that was transformed into a city attacked by a fire-breathing dragon, while Daddy Yankee, whose lighted costume changed colors and designs to the beat of the music, sent the crowd into a frenzy.
The evening also included performances by a score of other artists, including Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi, who thrilled the audience with a disco version of the song “Gloria”; and Pitbull and American R&B artist Chris Brown, who presented their hit “International Love” as the world’s greatest cities seemed to come to life around them.