Top Moments at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Top moments at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards reflected the unprecedented and trying times we’re living in.

Banda MS, who took the first night’s award top Latin albums artist of the year, duo or group, didn’t say much in their acceptance speech but the few words they said were powerful. “Our thoughts are with the people who have battled COVID-19,” they said. “We’re praying for everyone that has been impacted.” Daddy Yankee echoed Banda MS adding, “these have been challenging times and want to share this award with those who have been perseverant and those who have lost a loved one. Music continues to be the best medicine.”

Another standout moment was the special tribute in honor of Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero. Artists Pablo Alborán, Luis Fonsi, Jesús Navarro (Reik) and Joy (Jesse & Joy) sang a medley of Manzanero classics including “Contigo Aprendí” and “No Sé Tu.”

Below, find the top five moments at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

The speeches

Banda MS’ frontmen Alan Ramírez and Oswaldo Silvas were the first to give an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony and their poignant words touched hearts.

Wisin & Yandel was the next duo to send a powerful message through their speeches. In their first acceptance speech, Yandel ended with a resounding “no more abuse against women.” Wisin urged Latinos to get out and vote on Nov. 3 with his second message. “Go out and vote because we’re voting for our future. And vote for that person that will actually care about our community.”

Daddy Yankee acknowledged that these have been “challenging times and want to share this award with those who have been perseverant and those who have lost a loved one. Music continues to be the best medicine.”

Tribute medley in honor of Armando Manzanero

Celebrating Mexican icon Armando Manzanero, who was awarded with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, Alborán, Fonsi, Navarro (Reik) and Joy (Jesse & Joy) sang a medley of Manzanero’s songs, with the icon himself on the piano, that have stood the test of time including “Conigo Aprendí,” “Por Debajo de la Mesa,” “No Sé Tu” and “Como Yo Te Amé.” Then, a visibly emotional Manzanero, performed “Esta Tarde Vi Llover.”

“I have no words to express what my heart is feeling right now after singing with this new generation of artists that is so grand, strong and talented in a special stage like this one,” Manzanero said following his performance.

Eclectic performances

The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards featured a total of 18 performances in a span of three hours. From Maluma’s opening performance of his global hit “Hawái” to Gerardo Ortiz and Gente de Zona’s genre-bending “Otra Botella,” Armando Manazanero’s heartfelt, star-studded tribute and Carlos Vives’ medley of anthemic songs such as “La Gota Fría” and “Pa’ Mayté”, the night was filled with unforgettable moments on the stage.

Check out a list of top performances of the night here.

Special awards for special artists

Manzanero wasn’t the only one who received a special award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Romeo Santos, Enrique Iglesias, Maluma, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Carlos Vives were all recognized for chart milestones,  philanthropic work and contributions to Latin music. Santos was recognized with the Billboard Top Latin Album of the Decade for Formula: Vol. 2; Fonsi and DY were honored for Billboard Latin Song of the Decade with “Despacito”; Maluma was acknowledged with the Billboard Spirit of Hope AwardVives distinguished with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award and Iglesias bestowed with the Billboard Top Latin Artist of All Time Award. 

“I feel very honored,” Vives said. “Thirty years ago I decided to do music my way and how I wanted, without following any trends. Maybe the industry didn’t accept it at first but the public did. And I can’t thank them enough. Thank you Billboard for recognizing my career. Thank you to my manager and label for believing in me. Thank you Colombia for the inspiration. And for the new generation, I want to say all of you are unique and original, but equal in the industry.”

The power of Latin music

Romeo Santos received the Billboard Top Latin Album of the Decade for Formula: Vol. 2 and in his acceptance speech, the King of Bachata made sure to recognize the power of Latin music. 

“When I’m preparing an album, my objectives are always the same,” Santos said. “How can I surprise my fans? And at the same time, advance my genre? With Formula: Vol. 2 I also wanted to reinvent myself. I had Drake singing in Spanish. I had Nicki Minaj on this album. When I see the success of some songs like “Despacito,” it makes me so proud. When I see Bad Bunny with Drake and Karol G with Nicki Minaj on “Tusa,” I know that I’m not alone. Our culture and our essence is like no other. It’s an honor to be Latin. This album was a team effort and I want to share this award with my entire team. The most successful album is a bachata album and my fans made that happen.”

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The Kid LAROI Tunes up For Spotify’s RADAR Program

The Kid is coming.

Teenage Aussie rapper The Kid LAROI is Spotify’s third U.S. RADAR artist, the streamer’s spotlight program for emerging acts.

With the RADAR nod, the Sydney-raised, Los Angeles-based newcomer should enjoy playlist features, a Spotify Singles recording, promotional support for his upcoming releases, on-platform marketing (including a glossy new photo shoot and editorial), social promotion and more.

Also, Spotify will get behind a mini-documentary on the youngster, set to premiere next month.

In recent months, the Kid (real name Charlton Howard) has matured into a fully-grown international chart star.

In the U.S., his debut F*ck Love opened at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 40,000 combined units (including 33,000 in SEA units and 7,000 sales).

F*ck Love bowed at No. 12 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, just one place behind the debut of two-time Grammy-winning U.S. hip-hop star Logic’s final album, No Pressure.

In his homeland, LAROI impacted both main ARIA charts as his debut mixtape started at No. 3 on the albums survey, behind recordings by Taylor Swift and Cub Sport.

A protégé of the late Juice WRLD, the 17-year-old bagged three nominations heading into the 2020 ARIA Awards and he’s already amassed 11 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

“The Kid LAROI is an artist we’ve been watching closely for the last eighteen months,” explains Ned Monahan, Spotify’s Head of Global Hits. “LAROI developed a rabid fanbase in Australia, and then translated it to an even bigger audience in the U.S., which is incredibly rare and speaks to his potential as a global hit maker. The vulnerability and boldness of his music places him at the heart of young music audiences across the world. We can’t wait to see LAROI break on a superstar level.”

RADAR has been up and running for since March 2020 and has already tuned into the careers of Alaina Castillo and and J.I The Prince of N.Y.

Last month, Spotify pressed the button on its global RADAR hub on-platform.

Statistics provided by the streaming giant paint a rosy picture of RADAR and its 115-strong artist lineup across 22 global sister programs, including such breakthrough successes asCastillo (U.S.), Young T and Bugsey (U.K.), Lous and The Yakuza (France), Zoe Wees (Germany) and Rina Sawayama (Japan).

Over the past six or so months, RADAR artists have collectively generated over 2 billion streams, 100 million listening hours and 112 million listeners across 102 countries. They have also cumulatively gained more than 8 million followers since the launch of the program, representing a 64% overall increase.

The Kid has some advice for other aspiring artists. “Things might not go according to plan to start off,” he says in an editorial feature published by Spotify, “but never give up chasing your dreams.”

Read more here.

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan & More Record-Setters at the CMT Music Awards

It’s official: the ‘C’ in CMT Music Awards stands for Carrie.

Carrie Underwood won video of the year at the fan-voted show for the eighth time with “Drinking Alone.” No other artist has won in that category more than three times since the show launched in 2002.

Underwood also won female video of the year for the eighth time, also for “Drinking Alone.” Underwood is also the leader in that category. Runner-up is Miranda Lambert with five wins.

Luke Bryan took male video of the year for the third time for “One Margarita.” He previously won for “I Don’t Want This Night to End” (2012) and “Play It Again” (2015).

Dan + Shay won duo video of the year for the third consecutive year for “I Should Probably Go to Bed.” They previously won for “Tequila” (2018) and “Speechless” (2019). Dan + Shay are the third duo to win three consecutive awards in this category, following Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line.

Old Dominion took their first award for group video of the year for “One Man Band.”

Gabby Barrett took breakthrough video of the year for “I Hope.” This can’t hurt when the Grammy nominations review committee meets to determine the finals nominees for best new artist. Two previous CMT Music Award winners for breakthrough video of the year, Underwood and Zac Brown Band, won the Grammy for best new artist. Four others CMT winners in this category—Gretchen Wilson, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Sam Hunt—were Grammy-nominated for best new artist. (The Grammy nominations will be announced on Nov. 24.)

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani shared the award for collaborative video of the year for “Nobody but You.” This is the second year in a row that this award has gone to a collab by a country artist and an artist best known for pop. Last year the award went to the Keith Urban/Julia Michaels collab, “Coming Home.” Previously, Bon Jovi won for a pair of collabs with Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes. Justin Bieber won for a collab with Rascal Flatts.

Chris Young took the award for CMT performance of the year for “Drowning” from CMT Artists of the Year. It’s the first time a clip from that show has won since Bryan and Lionel Richie took the award six years ago for “Oh No”/”All Night Long (All Night).”

Nettles took the new CMT equal play award. As noted, Nettles won four duo of the year awards as one-half of Sugarland.

Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny Win Big at 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards: Complete Winners List

Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny were the ultimate winners Wednesday night (Oct. 21) at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards, each taking home seven awards.

Yankee won six of his seven awards for his Snow-assisted hit “Con Calma,” including hot Latin song of the year, airplay song of the year, and streaming song of the year. It was a special night overall for Yankee who, alongside Luis Fonsi, was awarded the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award  for “Despacito.” He also took the stage to perform “Don Don” with Anuel AA, Kendo Kaponi and Sisqo. 

Meanwhile, Bad Bunny took home seven awards too, including artist of the year, songwriter of the year, top Latin album of the year for X 100PRE, and top Latin albums artist of the year, male.

Held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the awards show also honored other Latin hitmakers, including Romeo Santos, who took home four awards; Fonsi, who won three; and Karol G, Wisin & Yandel and Banda MS each taking two. 

See the full list of winners below:

OVERALL ARTIST CATEGORIES

Artist of the Year:
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artist of the Year, New:
Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
WINNER: Sech

Tour of the Year:
Bad Bunny
Chayanne
WINNER: Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Social Artist of the Year:
Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
WINNER: Lali

Crossover Artist of the Year:
DJ Snake
Drake
WINNER: Katy Perry
Snow

SONGS CATEGORIES

Hot Latin Song of the Year:
Bad Bunny & Tainy, “Callaíta”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Pedro Capó & Farruko, “Calma”
Sech, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA, “Otro Trago”

Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event:
Bad Bunny & Tainy, “Callaíta”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Pedro Capó & Farruko, “Calma”
Sech, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA, “Otro Trago”

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Male:
Anuel AA
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Female:
Becky G
WINNER: Karol G
Natti Natasha
Rosalía

Hot Latin Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
Banda los Sebastianes de Mazatlán, Sinaloa
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
WINNER: Calibre 50
Wisin & Yandel

Hot Latin Songs Label of the Year:
Interscope
RIMAS
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Hot Latin Songs Imprint of the Year:
El Cartel
RIMAS
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latino

Airplay Song of the Year:
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna &
J Balvin “China”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, Anuel AA, “Baila Baila Baila”
Pedro Capó & Farruko “Calma”

Airplay Label of the Year:
El Cartel
Lizos
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Airplay Imprint of the Year:
El Cartel
Fonovisa
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latino

Digital Song of the Year:
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaíta”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko,
Anuel AA, “Baila Baila Baila”
Pedro Capó & Farruko “Calma”

Streaming Song of the Year:
Anuel AA & Romeo Santos “Ella Quiere Beber”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Pedro Capó & Farruko “Calma”
Sech, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA, “Otro Trago”

ALBUM CATEGORIES

Top Latin Album of the Year:
WINNER: Bad Bunny, X 100Pre
J Balvin & Bad Bunny, OASIS
Luis Fonsi, Vida
Sech, Sueños

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Male:
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Female:
Becky G
WINNER: Karol G
Natti Natasha
Shakira

Top Latin Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
Aventura
WINNER: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Santana
T3r Elemento

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year:
Rich
RIMAS
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year:
Rich
RIMAS
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino

LATIN POP CATEGORIES

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Solo:
Enrique Iglesias
WINNER: Luis Fonsi
Sebastián Yatra
Shakira

Latin Pop Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
CNCO
WINNER: Maná
Reik
Santana

Latin Pop Song of the Year:
Luis Fonsi, Sebastián Yatra & Nicky Jam “Date La Vuelta”
WINNER: Pedro Capó & Farruko “Calma”
Rosalía & Ozuna “Yo X Ti, Tu X Mi”
Rosalía, J Balvin & El Guincho “Con Altura”

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year:
El Cartel
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year:
El Cartel
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latino
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Album of the Year:
Danny Ocean, 54+1
WINNER: Luis Fonsi, Vida
Mau y Ricky, Para Aventuras y Curiosidades
Santana, Africa Speaks

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year:
Concord
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latin Entertainment
Warner Latina

Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year:
Capitol Latin
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latino
Warner Latina

TROPICAL CATEGORIES

Tropical Artist of the Year, Solo:
Juan Luis Guerra
Marc Anthony
Prince Royce
WINNER: Romeo Santos

Tropical Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
WINNER: Aventura
Gente de Zona
La Sonora Dinamita
Monchy y Alexandra

Tropical Song of the Year:
Aventura, “Inmortal”
Marc Anthony, “Parecen Viernes”
Silvestre Dangond & Maluma “Vivir Bailando”
WINNER: Wisin & Yandel & Romeo Santos, “Aullando”

Tropical Airplay Label of the Year:
Pina
RIMAS
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Airplay Imprint of the Year:
Pina
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latino
WK

Tropical Album of the Year:
Gilberto Santa Rosa, 40… Y Contando: En Vivo Desde Puerto Rico
Marc Anthony, OPUS
WINNER: Romeo Santos, Utopía
Victor Manuelle, Memorias de Navidad

Tropical Albums Label of the Year:
Discos Fuentes
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
The Orchard
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year:
Norte
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
The Orchard
Top Stop

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORIES

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Solo:
WINNER: Christian Nodal
El Fantasma
Lenin Ramírez
Raymix

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
WINNER: Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Los Ángeles Azules
T3r Elemento

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
Banda Los Sebastianes de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, “A Través del Vaso”
Calibre 50, “Simplemente Gracias”
Christian Nodal “De Los Besos Que Te Di”
WINNER: Los Ángeles Azules featuring Natalia Lafourcade, “Nunca Es Suficiente”

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year:
DEL
Lizos
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year:
Andaluz
Disa
WINNER: Fonovisa
Lizos

Regional Mexican Album of the Year:
Christian Nodal, Ahora
WINNER: Fuerza Regida, Del Barrio Hasta Aquí
Herencia de Patrones, Pa Las VibrasLos Ángeles Azules, Esto Sí Es Cumbia

Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year:
DEL
Rancho Humilde
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year:
WINNER: DEL
Fonovisa
Lizos
Lumbre

LATIN RHYTHM CATEGORIES

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo:
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Duo or Group:
CNCO
Jowell & Randy
WINNER: Wisin & Yandel
Zion & Lennox

Latin Rhythm Song of the Year:
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaíta”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con Calma”
Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, Anuel AA, “Baila Baila Baila”
Sech, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA “Otro Trago”

Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year:
El Cartel
RIMAS
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year:
El Cartel
La Industria
WINNER: Universal Music Latino
WK

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year:
WINNER: Bad Bunny, X 100PRE
Farruko, Gangalee
J Balvin & Bad Bunny, OASIS
Sech, Sueños

Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year:
Rich
Rimas
WINNER: Sony Music Latin
Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year:
Aura Music
Dimelo Vi LLC
Rimas
Sony Music Latin
WINNER: Universal Music Latino

WRITERS/PRODUCERS/PUBLISHERS CATEGORIES

Songwriter of the Year:
WINNER: Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Ozuna

Publisher of the Year:
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing America, INC., BMI
SONY/ATV Discos Publishing LLC, ASCAP
Universal Musica Unica Publishing, BMI
WINNER: WC Music Corp., ASCAP

Publishing Corporation of the Year:
Kobalt Music
WINNER: Sony/ATV Music
Universal Music
Warner/Chappell Music

Producer of the Year:
Dimelo Flow
DJ Snake
Mambo Kingz
WINNER: Tainy

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Adele Is a Study of Concentration In ‘SNL’ Rehearsal Photo

If she was terrified about her upcoming SNL stint, Adele sure isn’t showing it.

The “Hello” singer is slated to host the NBC show this Saturday (Oct. 24). And judging by a snap doing the rounds on social media, she’s leaving no margin for error.

Rocking the double-denim look with a black mask, the Londoner is captured swotting up for the big occasion. She’s a study of concentration, pouring through her SNL notes, pen at the ready.

This Saturday night marks Adele’s return to the stage after a years-long hiatus. “Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified!” she wrote on Instagram after the news was revealed.

H.E.R. will be the official SNL musical guest, and many are wondering out loud if Adele has something more up her sleeve. New music, perhaps? Or a pollical statement. For now, it’s all a wait-and-see prospect.

Five long years have passed since her last album, 25, was released. The multiple Grammy winner last commented in August on the timeline until when her next album will arrive. “I honestly have no idea,” was her blunt assessment.

Little Big Town Serve ‘Wine, Beer, Whiskey’ at the 2020 CMT Music Awards

Little Big Town’s performance was the perfect chaser at the 2020 CMT Music Awards.

The group closed out the show with their song “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.”

In front of Ruskin Cave, Little Big Town delivered a show-stopping set to end the awards.

Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Old Dominion were among the big winners of the night.

Hosted by Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown and Sarah Hyland, the ceremony showcased country’s brightest stars.

McBryde, Brown, Morgan Wallen, Jimmie Allen with Noah Cyrus, Gabby Barrett, Shania Twain, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris and Sam Hunt also performed.

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jessica Chastain, Kelly Clarkson and more also appeared to present the awards.

Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey Add Some Pop to the 2020 CMT Music Awards With ‘The Other Girl’

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up once again, this time to perform their song “The Other Girl” at the 2020 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

The performance, which was taped in Los Angeles, kicked off with Ballerini singing at an empty bar littered with peanut shells, with Halsey in the dark behind the bar. The “Life’s a Mess” singer later comes into the light and hops up onto the bar to sing her verses.

“Is it me? Is it you? Tell me who/ Who’s the other girl?/ Who’s the first? Who’s the fool?/ Who’s the diamond? Who’s the pearl?/ Are you mad? Me too/ And I wonder in his world/ Is it me? Is it you?/ Who’s the other girl?” the pals sang together for the chorus from the single of Ballerini’s third studio album, Kelsea.

The duo — who met two years ago in Nashville and hit it off during a night of drinking and karaokeing — were nominated for CMT performance of the year for “Graveyard” from CMT Crossroads.

The event was hosted by Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde, and Modern Family star Sarah Hyland. The show, which featured both live and pre-taped segments, was filmed in Nashville and various venues around Tennessee. Originally scheduled for June 3, the fan-voted awards show was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.