Photo: Latinos take some top awards at the Billboard Music Awards 2011
Bruno Mars, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, and Taio Cruz took home some of Billboard’s top awards this weekend, while Justin Bieber broke a few more hearts with a kiss for his girlfriend, Selena Gomez.
At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Latino stars picked up a number of awards including:
• Top Radio Song for “Just the Way You Are” (beating out Usher ft. Pitbull)
• Hot 100 Song
• Top Digital Song
• Top Pop Song
-All were won for the Song “Dynamite” (Bruno Mars was also nominated for all three)
•Top Latin Artist
•Top Latin Song (Three of her songs were nominated) “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”
•Top Latin Album for “Euphoria”
Pitbull, along with his dancing ladies in white and Ne-Yo, performed “Everything Tonight.” Multiple-award winner Taio Cruz also performed his hit song “Dynamite,” along with his breakthrough song “Break Your Heart.”
What seems to have garnered the most attention is the kiss between Selena Gomez and her wildly popular beau, Justin Bieber. After being announced the “Top New Artist of the Year”, his second award of the night, the teen star grabbed a smooch with Gomez, which was caught by the cameras for live television.
Other notable “Latino moments” were Gomez and the little Latino Rico Rodriguez, of “Modern Family,” presenting the Black Eyed Peas with the award for “Top Duo of Group.”
As the group accepted the award, the BEP’s singer Taboo said, “I just recently had a baby. Thank you to my wife for giving me a great baby … Journey. [Thanks] to all of you in Vegas.”