Shakira Sweeps MTV Latin Video Awards
Shakira was the big winner at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica last night (Oct. 24) at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The Colombian star won in all five categories in whiShakira was the big winner at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamerica last night (Oct. 24) at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. The Colombian star won in all five categories in which she was nominated: artist and video of the year, best female artist, best pop artist, and best artist-North. The mostly Spanish show aired live on MTV's three Latin American feeds and on MTV2 in the U.S. (with subtitles). It will air Nov. 1 on MTV in the U.S., marking the first time the network will carry a non-English-language special.
Shakira's domination of the event appears to indicate that her crossover into the English-language marketplace has not hurt her standing with Latin American fans. While nominees for the awards were chosen by an academy of nearly 300 industry professionals and MTV viewers, fans throughout the Latin region decided upon final winners.
Aside from Shakira, only one act, La Ley, won multiple awards. The Chilean band was named best rock artist and best group or duo of the year. Juanes took home the male artist of the year honor and Manu Chao won the alternative artist of the year prize. Argentinean pop singer Diego Torres won the best artist-Southeast award and veteran Argentinean rock act Soda Stereo was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
Awards were also given out in three international categories. Avril Lavigne was named best new artist, Red Hot Chili Peppers took best rock artist, and Pink won best pop artist.
Performers included Shakira, the Rolling Stones, and Carlos Santana and Michelle Branch, dueting on their new hit single, "The Game of Love."