MIAMI (AP) – With four awards each, Shakira and Prince Royce were the top winners on Thursday’s Premio Lo Nuestro, although the Colombian star was not there during the evening, which was full of colorful performances but not both awards.
The Premio Lo Nuestro honors the most popular artists in Spanish music in 35 categories of music genres including tropical, regional Mexican, pop and urban. The public was responsible for choosing the winners through an online poll conducted between December 1-22, 2011.
Shakira, who was not present at the gala, received the awards for Entertainer of the Year, Pop Album of the Year for Rising Sun, Song of the Year for “Rabid,” and Female Pop Artist.
Prince Royce, meanwhile, was honored for Collaboration of the Year – along with Daddy Yankee – for the tropical song “Love That We Lost,” and also won for Tropical Male Artist, and Tropical Contemporary Artist.
Pitbull took home the award for Urban Album Armando as well as Urban Artist of the Year.
Maná also won two awards – Best Rock Artist and Best Rock Album of the Year for Drama and Light – as did Jenni Rivera, winning for Best Ranchera Artist and Best Female Regional Mexican Artist.
The Spanish star Enrique Iglesias received the honor of Best Pop Artist, and Mexican band Camila won for Best Pop Group or Duo.
The ceremony, broadcast live on Univision and hosted by Mexican actors Eduardo Santamarina Jacqueline and Bracamontes, was held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Many of the prizes were not announced at the gala but in a press release issued by event organizers.
“Thank God and thanks to the public… thank you very much to my grandmother, my aunt, my mom, everybody out there that helped me too,” Pitbull said while accepting the award for his album, the first that was delivered at the ceremony.
“This is for Daddy Yankee, this is for Don Omar, this is for Wisin y Yandel… for all the artists who have opened doors,” he said while accepting his second trophy.
Daddy Yankee opened the show with a lively act, singing his hit “Lovumba (Prestige)” accompanied by dancers under neon lights, lasers and huge 3D screens.
Singers such as Luis Fonsi, Prince Royce, Reik and Romeo Santos, among others, took the opportunity to debut new songs.
One of the best performances was by Pitbull and Chris Brown, performing their hit “International Love.” The stage was transformed into an airport with luggage at customs and dancers clad as hostesses wearing red bodices and Playboy bunny ears. Brown dressed in white as a pilot.
In another highlight of the ceremony, Enrique Iglesias presented the Special Award for Lifetime Achievement to Chilean television entertainer Mario Kreutzberger, known as Don Francisco, who this year celebrates 50 years with his show “Sabado Gigante.”
“Sabado Gigante is the first program I did in my career and this award is for Don Francisco,” Iglesias said in presenting “Don Mario.”
Don Francisco, meanwhile, recalled that October 7, 1995 was the first time Iglesias came to his program, and thanked all the artists who have accompanied him these 50 years.
“Many of us have fought week after week to give our audience the best,” he said amid loud applause. “Thanks to you, the public, for these 50 years.”
The king of bachata, Romeo Santos, sang “My Santa” on a stage full of candles, accompanied by Siudy Garrido and flamenco dancers and guitarist Rayito.
The full list of winners is below.
Artist of the Year – Shakira
Collaboration of the Year – Daddy Yankee and Prince Royce
Video of the Year – “Tu Olor,” Wisin y Yandel
Album of the Year – Sale el Sol, Shakira
Song of the Year – “Rabiosa,” Shakira y El Cata
Male Artist of the Year – Enrique Iglesias
Female Artist of the Year – Shakira
Group or Duo of the Year – Camila
New Artist of the Year – Natalia Jimenez
Album of the Year – Drama y Luz, Mana
Alternative Song of the Year – “Dia de Suerte,” Alejandra Guzman
Artist of the Year – Mana
Album of the Year – Invencible, Tito el Bambino
Song of the Year – “El Amor Que Perdimos,” Prince Royce
Male Artist of the Year – Prince Royce
Female Artist of the Year – Olga Tanon
Group or Duo of the Year – Chino y Nacho
New Artist of the Year – Monchy y Natalia
Tropical Merengue Artist of the Year – Elvis Crespo
Tropical Salsa Artist of the Year – Luis Enrique
Tropical Contemporary Artist of the Year – Prince Royce
Regional Mexican Category
Album of the Year – Intocable 2011, Intocable
Song of the Year – “El Padrino,” Joan Sebastian
Male Artist of the Year – Espinoza Paz
Female Artist of the Year – Jenni Rivera
Mexican Group or Duo of the Year – Intocable
New Artist of the Year – Calibre 50
Banda Artist of the Year – Larry Hernandez
Duranguense Artist of the Year – K-Paz de la Tierra
Grupero Artist of the Year – Marco Antonio Solis
Norteno Artist of the Year – Intocable
Ranchero Artist of the Year – Jenni Rivera
Album of the Year – Armando, Pitbull
Song of the Year – “Taboo,” Don Omar
Artist of the Year – Pitbull