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Billboard Mexican Music Awards: 5 Things You Didn't See on TV
So, you watched the Billboard Mexican Music Awards? We were on the red carpet and backstage to catch a handful of things you didn't see on the show, which delivered big wins for Gerardo Ortiz and the late Jenni Rivera.
Happy Birthday to You!
Corridos singer Gerardo Ortiz, who holds the record as the winner of the most Billboard Mexican Awards with 17 career wins, was serenaded backstage with "Happy Birthday" by mun2 personality Yarel Ramos and her crew. Ortiz was given a tray of cupcakes to celebrate his 24th birthday before he took off to his next interview.
Ortiz Sings for Billboard
Speaking of Ortiz, the prolific singer/songwriter said he was back in the studio creating more music for his next album. The L.A-born entertainer, who has become one of the most recognized names in music, even took the time to sing for Billboard editors during the one-on-one interviews. Ortiz crooned his hit "Damaso," which could be heard throughout the backstage area.
Win and Run
Los Tigres del Norte collected their Leadership award, played and literally ran out of the Dolby Theater. Why? The norteno group had to catch a flight to Colombia, where they were playing a show the following day. This is the group’s third trip to the country, which seems to be increasingly embracing norteno music. The day before the awards, Los Tigres played at a massive immigration rally in Washington DC, so it was a triple schedule of travel. Backstage at the Dolby, Los Tigres rushed into their dressing room, shed their bright green jackets and came out wearing sober black suits for their trip, which would take approximately six hours. “It was worth it!" says lead singer Jorge Hernandez.
Not So Wee Pee Wee
Latin pop singer Pee Wee, who presented an award during the Billboard Mexican Music Awards, looked like he's been hitting the gym. His secret, the Sony Music artist says, is an exercise program like CrossFit, which he can do anywhere he goes especially in recent days while he's been traveling across the country promoting his latest album, "Vive 2 Life."
Banda El Recodo Add New Member
The members of the regional Mexican group Banda El Recodo, who received Billboard's Musical Legacy Award, looked dapper in their bright deep blue suits. In fact, the color looked similar to Billboard associate editor Justino Aguila's sports coat. The band made Aguila an honorary member backstage and even allowed him to hold their special trophy, but only just enough for a quick snap shot.