Latin American Music Awards: Karol G takes top honors

While the seventh annual Latin American Music Awards offered a sizzling celebration of Latin music, there was also an unmistakable message of global unity.

The Black Eyed Peas, who embraced Latin music on their 2020 album “Translation,” opened the show with a heartfelt tribute to the people of Ukraine and performed a bilingual rendition of “Where Is the Love?” They were accompanied by Ozuna, Prince Royce, Farruko, Christian Nodal, CNCO, Chiquis Rivera and Ukrainian singer Nastya Kamenskikh, also known as NK.

Later that night, NK gave a touching speech about his native country, which is under attack from Russia. Mexican superstar Nodal also hailed Ukraine during his acceptance speech after receiving the Extraordinary Evolutionary Award.

While Karol G didn’t take part in this year’s Latin AMAs, the Colombian pop star won Artist of the Year, while his third album ‘KG0516’ won Album of the Year. . Rapper Bad Bunny, also absent, was voted song of the year for his multi-platinum single “Dákiti”. And Argentinian singer María Becerra, whose debut album “Animal” was released last August, took home the award for Best New Artist.

Bad Bunny racked up the most nominations with 10, including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist. Bad Bunny’s #1 album ‘El Último Tour del Mundo’ was nominated for Album of the Year, while ‘Dákiti’ was nominated for Favorite Urban Song.

Behind Bad Bunny was his “Dákiti” collaborator Jhay Cortez, who earned eight nominations, including Favorite Urban Artist and Viral Song of the Year for “Fiel,” which topped the Latin Streams charts of Billboard. In addition to Song of the Year, Cortez claimed Favorite Urban Song for “Dákiti”.

A star-studded lineup of Latin music superstars, including Reik, Luis Fonsi, CNCO and Gloria Trevi, took the stage for knockout performances.

The legendary Lupita D’Alessio, also known as “La Leona Dormida”, also performed a medley from her decade-spanning catalog of music. She received the Legend Award.

The Latin AMAs were hosted by Rafael Amaya, Jacqueline Bracamontes and Cristián de la Fuente and broadcast on Telemundo from the Michelob Ultra Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Like the American Music Awards, Latin AMAs are voted on by fans. Nominations were based on fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard from February 6, 2021 through January 29, 2022.