With performances from Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Vives, Romeo Santos, Afrojack, Ne-Yo, Gerardo Ortiz and more, the 2015 Billboard Latin Music Awards were pretty jaw-dropping. But these moments were standouts by any standard:
1. Jennifer Lopez’s homage to Selena
Once in a lifetime, people. Here’s Lopez, dressed in high-waisted pants and a bustier (Can anyone else carry off this look? Ah yes, Selena!), performing with a band that included Selena’s original Los Dinos, including brother A.B. Quintanilla, sister Suzette Quintanilla and husband Chris Perez. At nearly eight minutes, this medley of hits was long for TV standards, but the emotional quotient plus the delivery (kudos to Lopez for a great live performance) made it perhaps the most memorable of the evening.
2. Marc Anthony/Gente De Zona
Opening numbers by definition should be spectacular. But the pairing of Marc Anthony and Gente De Zona — on the brand-new single “La Gozadera” (The Party), which is all about having a blast Latin-style — backed by dozens of dancers painted with different country’s flags was rousing and fun and simply superb.
4. Roberto Carlos
Lifetime-achievement winner Roberto Carlos sang for the first time in his 50-year career on U.S. Spanish-language TV. No dancers or pyrotechnics — the songs say it all.
5. Wisin, Carlos Vives and Daddy Yankee
Reggaetón and vallenato. We liked it! Especially when it was truly and fully integrated in the performance of the new Wisin single “Nota De Amor” (Love Note), featuring Vives and Yankee, in the first TV performance of the song.
6. Carlos Santana and Juanes
We’ve heard “Black Magic Woman,” but not with Juanes on vocals. That, added to dueling guitars with Santana, made for a killer kick-off to a rocking medley that also included “La Flaca,” the track featuring Juanes from Santana’s album Corazón.