It was an all-out summer party at Thursday’s Premios Juventud, with Enrique Iglesias and Luis Coronel taking home the lion's share of trophies at Univision’s youth awards show, which aired live from the BankUnited Center in Miami.
Iglesias, the Spanish heartthrob, won six awards total, largely on the strength of his monster hit “Bailando,” while the Mexican teen idol won in four categories, including “Red Hot Artist” and “My Regional Mexican Artist.”
Actors William Levy and Ninel Conde handled hosting duties for the youth-driven awards show, which this year played with a retro videogame theme. The night opened with a high-energy performance by Ricky Martin, who unveiled his new, merengue-flavored single “La Mordidita.” Other memorable performances included Mexican pop star Anahí’s big comeback single “Rumba,” featuring Wisin; Latin urban sensation Nicky Jam, who gathered some of today’s hottest Latin urban artists for a medley of his smash hits “El Perdón” and “Travesuras;” a heartfelt rendition of “Como Yo Te Amo” from Gloria Trevi; and a sexy duet between Becky G and her tour mate J Balvin, who also debuted his new single, “Ginza.”
Early in the night, there was a tribute to the late Mexican superstar Joan Sebastian, who rose from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Mexico to become one of the most recorded and top-selling contemporary acts of all time. Known as "El Rey del Jaripeo," Sebastian passed away on July 12 at age 64, leaving the music community in mourning.
Pitbull brought a dose of politics to the evening when, while accepting his award for Best Urban Artist, he sent a message to all presidential candidates running in 2016. “I wanna say something while I have the microphone. Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, you all better step up your game, because Donald Trump cannot be president! I’m not a politician but I’m an artist and I’m Latino.”
Mr. Worldwide, who is set to drop a new Spanish-language album on Friday (July 17), went on to contribute the night’s most quotable moment. “Trump, ten cuidao con el Chapo, Papo (Trump, watch your back from El Chapo),” he said, referring to Mexico’s most wanted fugitive, drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. El Chapo escaped from his maximum security prison on July 11 and is known to be among the world’s most ruthless and violent criminals.
Prior to the show, Coronel and bachata sensation Leslie Grace debuted their new single “Como Duele el Silencio,” a bilingual fusion of regional Mexican and Caribbean flavor that’s sure to heat up the charts.
Here’s a complete list of winners of 2015 Premios Juventud.
Qué Actorazo! (Best Actor): William Levy
Actriz que se Roba la Pantalla (She Steals the Show): Jennifer López
Película Más Padre (Favorite Flick): “The Boy Next Door”
Mi Protagonista Favorito (My Favorite Lead Actor): Jorge Salinas (“Mi Corazón Es Tuyo”)
Mi Protagonista Favorita (My Favorite Lead Actress): Silvia Navarro (“Mi Corazón Es Tuyo”)
Mejor Tema Novelero (Best Novela Theme Song): “Aunque Estés con Él” – Calibre 50
La Combinación Perfecta (The Perfect Combo): “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno
Lo Toco Todo (Just Play It All): “Quiero Ser Tu Dueño” – Luis Coronel
Voz del Momento (Red Hot Artist): Luis Coronel
La Más Pegajosa (Catchiest Tune): “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno
Mi Video Favorito (My Favorite Video): “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno
Mi Letra Favorita (My Favorite Lyrics): “Contigo” – Calibre 50
El Súper Tour (The Super Tour): “Sex and Love Tour” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull and J Balvin
Canción Corta-Venas (Heart-Wrenching Song): “Perdón” – Camila
Mi Ringtone (My Ringtone): “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno
Favorite Hit: “Shower” – Becky G
Favorite Hitmaker: Beyoncé
Revelación Juvenil (Best New Artist): Remmy Valenzuela
Mi Artista Pop/Rock (My Pop/Rock Artist): Enrique Iglesias
Mi Artista Regional Mexicano (My Regional Mexican Artist): Luis Coronel
Mi Artista Tropical (My Tropical Artist): Prince Royce
Mi Artista Urbano (My Urban Artist): Pitbull
POP CULTURE CATEGORIES:
Síganme los Buenos (Follow Me): Luis Coronel
Mi DJ Favorito (My Favorite DJ): El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo
IMAGE AND FASHION CATEGORY:
El de Mejor Estilo (That Man Has Style): Maluma
Quiero Vestir Como Ella (I Wanna Dress Like Her): Fifth Harmony
Deportista de Alto Voltaje (Most Electrifying Athlete): Javier “Chicharito” Hernández
La Nueva Promesa (Promising New Player): Jesús “El Tecatito” Corona