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5 Things You Didn’t See on TV at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards

The 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards took place Wednesday night (Oct. 21) at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and aired live on the Telemundo network. Taking home seven awards each, Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny were the night’s big winners.

Yankee, who alongside Luis Fonsi received the Billboard Latin Song of the Decade award for "Despacito,” nabbed six awards for his Snow-assisted hit “Con Calma,” including hot Latin song of the year, airplay song of the year, and streaming song of the year. Bad Bunny nabbed artist of the year, songwriter of the year, and top Latin album of the year for X 100PRE, among many more.

The BLMAs also included memorable performances, such as Reik and Jessie Reyez’s “Lo Intente Todo,” Carlos Vives’ medley of timeless hits, and Gente de Zona teaming up with Gerardo Ortiz for the regional-reggaeton track “Otra Botella.”

Meanwhile, Billboard was catching all the action on the red carpet and backstage. Below, check out everything you didn’t see on TV.

Tainy & Yandel unveil a new project

As opposed to attending the event alone or with a special date, Tainy and Yandel strutted the socially distanced red carpet together. The reason? Both reggaeton artists are working on new music together. Tainy told Billboard that Yandel has always believed in him and supported his career from the beginning. “We're working together on a new album, Tainy and I,” Yandel said. “I think that what we've already created in the studio is going to be big and I know it'll be a hit. Everyone will enjoy it, stay tuned.”

Socially-distanced red carpet

It was not business as usual during the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards red carpet. In fact, the carpet was less crowded and intimate compared to previous awards. Following all the safety guidelines -- temperature checks, negative COVID tests, mask requirements for press, hand-sanitizing locations and more -- the few artists who strutted the carpet kept their distance from reporters and offered elbow greetings.

Enrique Iglesias backstage

At the show, Enrique Iglesias was honored as Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of All Time for his unprecedented success on the Latin charts, including 27 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, holding the record for the most No. 1s in history, and the most top 10s on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, with 39. Iglesias is also the artist who has won the most awards in the history of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, with 47 titles. To celebrate, the Spanish crooner socially distanced in the bathroom, holding his award up high while he sat on a toilet.

Songs That Saved Quarantine

On the red carpet, Billboard asked a wave of artists to reveal the one song or artist that saved their quarantine. Tainy said Bad Bunny's albums, music by J Balvin and Ozuna and Cazzu’s entire album. “Her song ‘Miedo’ is one of my top favorites,” he said. Sech said his song “Relacion” was on repeat throughout quarantine. Luis Fonsi, on the other hand, said his go-to was '90s R&B. “I went back in time. I listen to modern music, but I’m in this weird, retro vibe right now,” he said.

Love is in the air

A couple of artists arrived at the Billboard Latin Music Awardswith their special someone. Flaunting major power-couple vibes, Wisin strutted the carpet with his wife Yomaira Ortiz Feliciano, Carlos Vives brought the entire family to celebrate his Billboard Hall of Fame awards, Ozuna was joined onstage by his two adorable children, and newlyweds Dalex and Patricia Corcino, who tied the knot during quarantine, also walked hand-in-hand.