Billboard Latin Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

A.B. Quintanilla, Suzette Quintanilla and Chris Pérez of Los Dinos
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A.B. Quintanilla, Suzette Quintanilla and Chris Pérez of Los Dinos attend the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards "Premios Billboard" at BankUnited Center on April 30, 2015 in Miami, Florida. 

The Billboard Latin Music Awards were a smash, with performances by Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez (performing a tribute to Selena), Romeo Santos, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee and Afrojack, Ne-Yo and Luis Fonsi. But for all the glitz and music you saw on the screen, the action was just as lively off of it. Here are 10 things you didn't see on TV!

1. The Afrojack-Luis Fonsi collaboration marked the first time EDM was performed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. More impressive, it marked the first time ever an EDM act paired up with a Latin pop act. The teaming was conceived exclusively for the event. “I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before,” Fonsi confided to attendees at the Billboard Latin Music Conference the day before his performance. And it worked!

2. Nicky Jam announced that his next project will be to record "El Perdon" in English. "I always had in my mind to do the crossover a long time ago, but I didn't imagine it would happen so fast," he told Billboard. "It has happened much faster than I thought."

He also revealed he'd like to work with Juan Luis Guerra in Spanish. And in English? "Rihanna. Am I wishing for too much? I'm saying it now so she can hear it. You guys are Billboard. Maybe you can hook me up?"

Asked what the Paisarican on his hat meant, he expressed the love he has for Colombia, where he got the ammunition for his second coming. "I am Puerto Rican but I've lived in Colombia a long time and I feel as Paisa as I do Boricua," he explained.

3. Backstage, Ana Gabriel bowed down to Lucero and thanked her for having re-purposed her songs. "I thank her for her invitation also. Without her, I wouldn't be here tonight," Ana Gabriel said. She also hinted that she soon might be done with her career. "Quiero retirarme antes de estirarme," she said, which translates to "I want to retire before I stretch," a reference to aging and wrinkles. 

4. Natalia Jimenez said she loved her look, a gown sewn with a Valentino design fabric and a crown by a Spanish designer. "I wanted to channel Frida Kahlo," she explained, but the crown was a little heavier than she had anticipated."What am I going to do when I leave here? Take this crown off, because it weighs more than marriage," she joked. "It's heavy, but it is worth it."

5. The stage of the Billboard Latin Music Awards was bigger than life. But backstage, artists had to hunch over to navigate a series of narrow, catacomb-like passages under the actual stage construction to get from one side of the structure to another. While the maze was daunting, the.payoff was getting up on that stage under the bright lights!

6. A.B. Quintanilla, Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga and Chris Perez of Los Dinos sat down with Billboard to talk about one of the most memorable moments of the night, when Jennifer Lopez sang a musical tribute of Selena's best-known hits, including "Como La Flor," "No Me Queda Mas," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Dreaming of You." "The idea to do this tribute was Jennifer's," revealed Suzette. "I loved that she incorporated three of Selena's signature looks, which was the bustier, the ruffles, and the high-waisted pants." Suzette also dished that the she thinks her sister and J.Lo would be "good friends" if Selena were still alive today. Watch the interview below.



7. Carlos Vives got a tad emotional when talking about how the younger artists from Colombia like J Balvin and Maluma continue to show him their admiration. "I definitely feel that way about some of the vallenato maestros that came before me," he said. "I love those guys. Colombia has always had a rich musical tradition but what's happening right now is really special and I'm honored to still be around to witness it and be a part of it." 

8. We ran into Juanes' wife Karen Martinez and their now-grown daughters Luna and Paloma backstage. The stunning Colombian model said her rock-star husband was "beyond honored" to play with one of his idols, Carlos Santana. She also shared that she's launching her own fashion blog soon, at the insistence of Juanes. 

9. Wisin was still perspiring from his high-energy, Colombia-meets-Puerto-Rico performance of "Nota de Amor" with Daddy Yankee and Carlos Vives when he came through our interview lounge backstage. Instead of partying after the show, he said he was going home to his kids, but he held onto his two trophies proudly (Latin rhythm album of the year for El Regreso del Sobreviviente and Latin rhythm albums artist of the year, solo). 

10. How about a mariachi version of “Bailando”? That's what happened when Gente de Zona and Natalia Jimenez and her mariachi crossed paths during rehearsal prior to the award show.

After the obligatory hellos and hugs, Jimenez and the Cuban duo launched into an impromptu version of the hit, with mariachi accompaniment. Jimenez dancing was the icing on the cake.


Yo + Mi Mariachi + @GentedeZona = Bailando a la Mexicubana 😉 #Billboards2015

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