Staged April 27 in Hollywood, Fla.
The 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards sent a clear message that the Latin audience has accepted new sounds, from reggaetón to rock to progressive tropical music.
The producer of the year award went to the reggaetón production team of Luny Tunes, marking the first time a reggaetón producer nabbed that honor. Luny Tunes produced and wrote "Mayor Que Yo," which also won the newly created reggaetón track of the year award.
Staged last night (April 27) at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla., the Billboard Latin Music Awards aired live on NBC-owned Telemundo, where the event has long been the network's highest-rated special. The previous evening, awards were handed out during the Billboard Bash, which was held as part of the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference.
The night's big winner was Colombian superstar Shakira, who came away with five trophies, four of which she shared with Spain's Alejandro Sanz for the chart-topping single "La Tortura."
Juanes, Andy Andy and Daddy Yankee each earned awards in three categories. Other multiple award winners, taking two honors each, included Olga TaÒón, Aventura, RBD, Horóscopos de Durango and Sergio Vega.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period ending with the Feb. 5 issue.
The 2006 awards were presented in 51 categories.
Full coverage of Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards:
Daddy Yankee Exclusive Q&A
Is Reggaeton Losing Its Purity?
Day Two: Breaking Age-Old Perceptions
Execs Debate Pricing, iTunes' Impact
Billboard Latin Music Conf & Awards Kick Off In Miami