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Dressed in a sweeping pink gown topped with a sparkling corset, Shakira belted out the ballad “Antes de las Seis” on a fog-drenched stage decorated with flowering trees. She later returned with her quaking hips for a feisty performance of her reggeaton hit “Loca.”

Mexican rock legend Mana gave the first duet of the show, performing with New York bachata singer Prince Royce “Lluvia al Corazon” and “El Verdadero Amor Perdona” as the image of a beating heart adorned with thorns graced the stage.

“In my opinion, Mana is one of the most important groups in Latin music,” Royce later said backstage.

Mana went on to win best rock album, with frontman Fher Olvera proclaiming that rock lives on.

Pitbull and Marc Anthony also shared the stage, pumping out their bilingual club banger “Rain Over Me” as dozens of Las Vegas burlesque dancers shimmied under a shower of falling rain.

Wisin and Yandel were joined by Kingston on stage. They spitted out three hits: “Estoy Enamorado,” “Fire Burning” and “Fever.”

Kingston said backstage that he didn’t understand what was being said at the show, but called himself a “huge fan of reggeaton,” or Spanish hip hop.

“I’ve dated a few Latin ladies so I understand a little bit, poquito,” he said during the show. When it came to Calle 13, he said, “I don’t know his name, but he was real good.”


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