MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 26th Annual Edition of “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina” (Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards), telecast LIVE tonight on the Univision Network, delivered three hours of extraordinary entertainment with 19 knockout musical productions and dozens of internationally famous stars gracing the stage as performers or award presenters. The longest running and most popular Latin music awards show in the U.S., “Premio Lo Nuestro” is also the preeminent Latin music “people’s choice” award, as all of the night’s winners were elected directly by fans through votes cast on www.PremioLoNuestro.com.
Crossover megastar Marc Anthony was this year’s biggest winner, taking home four awards including the all-important Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year in the Tropical category. Close behind were regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz, the late “Queen of Banda” Jenni Rivera, and bachata royalty Prince Royce, with three awards each. Ortiz was elected Artist of the Year in both Regional Mexican and Norteño categories, as well as winning Regional Mexican Song of the Year with his hit “Sólo Vine a Despedirme”; Rivera won in two very different music genres, her usual Regional Mexican and also Pop, where she was honored as Female Artist of the Year; and Royce walked away with the ceremony’s top honor, “Premio Lo Nuestro” Artist of the Year, in addition to two Tropical trophies. Among other winners of “Premio Lo Nuestro” 2014 are 3BallMTY, America Sierra, El Dasa, Jessy & Joy, Marco Antonio Solís, Olga Tañón, Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Thalía, and Tito El Bambino.
This year’s “Premio Lo Nuestro” ceremony took place on a truly spectacular art deco-inspired stage with multicolored neon lights and multiple giant screens, which was constantly transformed to provide a unique backdrop for each different musical number. The audience was treated to a nonstop display of amazing talent as many of Latin music’s biggest names took the stage throughout the show. After a rhythm-packed opening by Puerto Rican recording artist Victor Manuelle, who debuted a new salsa tune created especially for “Premio Lo Nuestro,” world-famous pop icon Enrique Iglesias premiered two new singles from his upcoming album, due out next month. The Spanish-born hit-maker was joined onstage by two other superstars, the hugely successful Mexican singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís and global techno-rapping phenomenon Pitbull, to perform first-ever collaborations that gave fans a bilingual double whammy of fresh new music, taking them from the melodious sounds of the romantic ballad “El Perdedor” directly into the high-energy beat of the English-language dance tune “I’m a Freak.”
Additionally, “Premio Lo Nuestro” 2014 presented several other premieres. Pop sensation Jencarlos Canela debuted his newest single, “Irreparable”; acclaimed singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi made the worldwide TV premiere of “Corazón en la Maleta,” which was launched last Tuesday on Univision’s exclusive music service, Uforia; Marco Antonio Solís introduced his newest romantic creation, “De Mil Amores”; bachata star Romeo Santos performed his latest hits, “Odio” and “Propuesta Indecente,” live on stage for the very first time in the U.S., while another bachata idol, Prince Royce, also debuted his single “Te Robaré”; two reggaeton superstars, Yandel and Daddy Yankee, appeared together on stage for the first time ever singing their current hit, “Moviendo Caderas”; Daddy Yankee also performed solo, debuting his newest song, the catchy “La Nueva y la Ex,” in a lively production featuring a chorus of sensual dancers and a dazzling display of lights.
In one of the broadcast’s most memorable moments, Marc Anthony added a very special award to the other four he won tonight—Premio a la Excelencia (Excellence Award), the greatest honor bestowed by “Premio lo Nuestro.” He received this coveted award in recognition of his impressive career as one of Latin music’s most successful artists as well as a crossover star with numerous English-language hits. With over 12 million albums sold worldwide, Marc Anthony received his first “Premio Lo Nuestro” in 1994 for New Tropical Artist of the Year and has won 22 to date, counting tonight’s, which makes him the male soloist with the most “Premio Lo Nuestro” awards ever. He has also received numerous other top music honors including GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY® Awards. Moments before receiving the Premio a la Excelencia from Pitbull, the international megastar brought the house down and got everyone out of their seats with a powerful rendition of one of his greatest hits, “Tu Amor me Hace Bien,” followed by the recent blockbusters “Cambio de Piel” and “Vivir Mi Vida,” voted Tropical Song of the Year 2014.
Daddy Yankee was also the recipient of a special award tonight, the Premio Ídolo de la Juventud (Youth Idol Award). Presented for the first time this year at “Premio Lo Nuestro”, this new recognition was given to the Urban star for his enormous appeal among Latin youth and his impressive success in the Latin music industry, which took off in 2004 with his groundbreaking reggaeton, “Gasolina,” now a classic in the genre.
Other musical highlights included a celebration of Mexican pop-rock queen Alejandra Guzmán’s 25 year career. Following a video recap of her many achievements in the Latin music industry, the star gave a soulful rendition of her latest hit, the rock ballad “Mi Peor Error,” on a haunting set virtually transformed into a frozen living room looking out a dim, snowy day. Additional musical numbers delivered crowd-pleasing performances by Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, Gerardo Ortiz, Gloria Trevi, J Balvin, Pepe Aguilar, and Voz de Mando, one of today’s most popular regional Mexican music groups. And closing the “Premio Lo Nuestro” show with a resounding explosion of Latin rhythm, the powerhouse group “Los Gigantes de la Salsa” (Salsa Giants) filled the venue with the contagious beat of drums, bongos, and timbales, getting the crowd dancing and cheering as nine of the world’s biggest and most renowned salsa artists –Charlie Zaa, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, José Alberto “El Canario,” Nora, Oscar de León, Sergio George, Tito Nieves, and Willy Chirino– performed a once-in-a-lifetime medley of some of the genre’s timeless hits.
Hosted by Ninel Conde and William Levy, “Premio Lo Nuestro” 2014 featured numerous Hispanic celebrities as award presenters, including: telenovela stars Altair Jarabo, Ana Brenda Contreras, Ariadne Díaz, Elizabeth Alvarez, Jorge Salinas, and Marjorie de Sousa; film star Diogo Morgado; famous music artists 3Ball MTY, Chino y Nacho, El Dasa, Fanny Lu, Frankie J, Gretchen, J. Alvarez, La Santa Cecilia, Montez de Durango, Noel Torres, and Tommy Torres; Chiquis Rivera, daughter of the late Jenni Rivera; Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera; and popular Univision personalities Argelia Atilano, Barbara Bermúdez, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Enrique Santos, Pamela Silva Conde, Pedro Moreno and Raúl Brindis. In addition, breakout pop teen star Austin Mahone and Diego Luna, actor and director of the upcoming and already very talked-about film, “Cesar Chavez,” made special appearances.
Prior to the awards ceremony, Univision presented a LIVE Arrivals Carpet Special covering the stars’ grand entrances and featuring extensive fashion commentary.
During the broadcast, “Premio Lo Nuestro” and Univision Deportes gave viewers the opportunity to participate in a unique contest that will take one lucky winner on an unforgettable trip to Brazil with all expenses paid. Viewers were asked to watch the “Premio Lo Nuestro” telecast closely and take note of which celebrities said the word “goal” and how many times it was said during the show, and then reply by filling out a questionnaire posted on PremioLoNuestro.com and UnivisionDeportes.com. The contest winner will be announced this coming Sunday, February 23, on the Univision Network’s sports magazine “República Deportiva.”
Fans can now watch the most incredible performances of the night in their entirety, best of the carpet, celebrity looks and comprehensive minute by minute recaps at www.PremioLoNuestro.com or on UVideos, Univision’s digital video network. Plus, see the full list of winners and vote for their carpet favorites from now until the winners are announced on Monday, February 24. During the special night, www.PremioLoNuestro.com featured the best of the Arrivals Carpet with the most attractive celebrities, and exclusive live backstage coverage.
The digital and social media experience at www.PremioLoNuestro.com also included:
- Fans submitted questions using the hashtag #PLNPregunta were responded by the artists during “Alfombra Premio Lo Nuestro” in an exclusive Instagram Q&A position, as well as featured on TV during the celebrity interviews and on premiolonuestro.com in ‘Tu Preguntas’ (You ask).
- A never-been-done before gif-like captures of the winners featured on Univision’s Vine as well as autographed twitter photos of the participating stars were featured on TV and through @premiolonuestro on Twitter.
- Fan social commentary was featured in the social media lounge wall and during artists’ winning moments.
- The Road to “Premio Lo Nuestro” – Exclusive photos, the best interviews and the latest news about the show.
- Celebrity guests confessed themselves to the FanCam, revealing some of their biggest secrets.
- “The Best of…” offers a summary of the most shocking and enjoyable moments of past “Premio Lo Nuestro” editions.
- T-Mobile launched US Hispanic Vine and Instagram channels and for the first time, collaborated with some of the most engaging Hispanic viners to create contextually-relevant social media content during the Award show.
- Crest 3D White Whitestrips featured a “Twitter Mirror,” a station on the carpet where “Premio Lo Nuestro” performers and VIPs took pictures of themselves or with others.
- A Snapchat feed will continue to share exclusive content for the next 24 hours.
Fans can also get the latest – from the participating celebrities to special Premio lo Nuestro content– by joining the conversation on Twitter via @PremioLoNuestro and using the hashtag #PremioLoNuestro as well as comment along with others on www.facebook.com/premiolonuestro and UnivisionPremios on Instagram.
Following is the complete list of winners of “Premio Lo Nuestro” 2014.
Premio Lo Nuestro Artist of the Year: – Prince Royce
Collaboration of the Year – “Por Qué les Mientes” – Tito el Bambino and Marc Anthony
Video of the Year – “Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos
Pop Album of the Year – “Habítame Siempre” - Thalía
Pop Song of the Year – “Detrás de mi Ventana” - Jenni Rivera
Pop Male Artist of the Year – Marco Antonio Solís
Pop Female Artist of the Year – Jenni Rivera
Pop Group/Duo of the Year - Jesse & Joy
Pop Soloist or Group New Artist of the Year – America Sierra
Tropical Album of the Year – “3.0” – Marc Anthony
Tropical Song of the Year – “Vivir Mi Vida” – Marc Anthony
Tropical Male Artist of the Year - Prince Royce
Tropical Female Artist of the Year – Olga Tañón
Tropical Group/Duo of the Year – Chino y Nacho
Tropical Merengue Artist of the Year - Olga Tañón
Tropical Salsa Artist of the Year – Marc Anthony
Tropical Contemporary Artist of the Year – Prince Royce
Tropical Soloist or Group New Artist of the Year – Alex Matos
REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORY
Regional Mexican Album of the Year – “En Peligro de Extinción” -
Regional Mexican Male Artist of the Year – Gerardo Ortiz
Regional Mexican Female Artist of the Year – Jenni Rivera
Regional Mexican Song of the Year – “Sólo Vine a Despedirme” - Gerardo Ortiz
Regional Mexican Group or Duo of the Year – Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
Regional Mexican Soloist or Group New Artist of the Year – El Dasa
Banda Artist of the Year – Roberto Tapia
Duranguense Artist of the Year - Grupo Montéz de Durango
Grupero Artist of the Year – Los Temerarios
Norteño Artist of the Year - Gerardo Ortiz
Ranchero Artist of the Year - Vicente Fernández
Tribal Artist of the Year – 3BallMTY
Urban Album of the Year – “Invicto” – Tito El Bambino
Urban Song of the Year – “Echa Pa’llá (Manos Pa’Arriba)” - Pitbull
Urban Artist of the Year – Pitbull
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