Bad Bunny Makes History at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Named Artist of the Year

Bad Bunny won Artist of the Year at MTV Music Video Awards Sunday evening – becoming the first non-English speaking artist to win the title, according to the Los Angeles Time. The reggaeton superstar learned of his victory during a concert at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

NBA veteran and fellow Puerto Rican Carmelo Anthony presented the Moonman Trophy to Bad Bunny after being announced the winner. Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Lil Naz X, Lizzo and Jack Harlow were the other nominees.

The Puerto Rican feel is also the second latin artist to win the award after Camila Cabello won it in 2018. In front of hundreds of thousands of fans at Yankee Stadium, Bad Bunny reflected on winning and staying true to himself — and his music.

“From the bottom of my heart, I have no words to describe how I feel and the pride to receive this at Yankee Stadium,” he said in Spanish. “I always knew that I could become a great artist without changing my culture, my slang and my language. I am Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, from Puerto Rico to the world.”

Bad Bunny, real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, was performing there as part of his hottest world tour. He also delivered a memorable performance of “Titi Me Pregunto”, which aired live during the VMAs. He kissed a dancer and a male dancer on stage – one of the most talked about moments of the Sunday night show.

He is coming off a successful summer swing after releasing his fourth studio album “Un Verano Sin Ti” in May. The album, which features songs across the spectrum of Latin genres, currently sits at No. 2 in the Billboard top 200, spending 15 weeks on the chart. Earlier this year, Sony announced Bad Bunny will also be there of a new Spider-Man spin-off, “El Muerto,” which will make him Marvel’s first Latino lead.

In addition to his nonconforming and flamboyant style, Bad Bunny is also known for speaking out on issues affecting his native Puerto Rico. He drew attention to the murder of a trans woman and condemned LUMA Energya private company that manages and supplies electricity on the island, for the frequency of power cuts.

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