April 21 (UPI) — Karol G and Bad Bunny were the biggest winners at Thursday night’s 2022 Latin American Music Awards.
Karol G won a total of six awards including Artist of the Year, Favorite Artist — Female and Favorite Artist — Urban as well as Album of the Year and Favorite Album — Urban for her record KGO516.
Bad Bunny, who entered the night leading the pack with 10 total nominations, finished with five wins including Favorite Artist – Male and Song of the Year for his collaboration with Jhay Cortez “Dakiti.”
The awards first took place at the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and were broadcast live on Telemundo with hosts Rafael Amaya, Jacqueline Bracamontes and Cristian de la Fuenta.
The Black Eyed Peas opened the show with a bilingual performance of their 2003 hit “Where is the Love” as they were joined by 20 artists including Ozuna, CNCO, Prince Royce, Sofia Reyes and Ukrainian artist NK, who waved the flag of the nation that was invaded by Russia in February.
Other big winners on Thursday night included Aventura who won Favorite Duo or Group, Selena Gomez who won Favorite Artist – Pop. Favorite Album – Tropical winner Romeo Santos and The Weeknd who was named favorite crossover artist.
Mexican artist Christian Nodal received the Extraordinary Evolution award recognizing “a young artist who has demonstrated change and accelerated growth as an artist, reaching the pinnacle of success in a short time”.
After receiving the award he performed a mix of his songs including “Adios Amor”, “De Los Besos Que Te Di”, “Probablemente”, “Ya No Somos Ni Seremos” and he was also joined by Gera MX for their joint hit “Botella Tras Botella.”