Billboard's Latin Power Players: CNCO and More Acoustic Performances You Need to See
Billboard celebrated its first-ever Latin Power Players event in Miami, Fla. on Thursday night (Nov. 1), honoring some of the top-notch executives in the Latin music business.
The event, sponsored by Lexus, took place at the W Hotel in South Beach, where some of the biggest names in the biz mingled, including the 2018 executive of the year, Walter Kolm.
Other important execs from labels, management, media, and agencies filled the powerful room, such as SiriusXM director of Latin music programming, Bryant Pino, J Balvin’s manager and founder of Vibras Lab/Akela Family Music, Fabio Acosta, and BMI’s vp creative of Latin music, Delia Orjuela.
Venezuelan songstress and Latin Grammy nominee Manu Manzo kicked off the Latin Power Players party pouring her heart out on stage. She impressed the crowd with her captivating vocals, especially when she sang her new single “Caminando.”
Spanish crooner Abraham Mateo gave us a taste of his professional growth. He first crooned the audience with his romantic ballad from 2016 “Mi Vecina” before hyping the crowd with his pop-urban track “Loco Enamorado,” a single that, he said, opened the doors for him in the U.S.
Justin Quiles got the party started when he and his guitarist took the stage. The Puerto Rican singer and composer not only made the crowd dance with his acoustic versions of “Yo No Quiero Amarte” and “Si Ella Quisiera,” but his performance was crashed by Lele Pons! Catch the epic moment below.
Despite some last-minute technical difficulties, CNCO was able to bring the house down with their acoustic performances of “Mamita” and “Hey, DJ.” At the Latin Power Players event, the Latin boy band strutted the carpet, enjoyed the party, and gave a special shout out to their manager Walter Kolm, who was named the 2018 exec of the year.