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“We live close in Barranquilla, that’s what people don’t know,” Shakira said, referring to the coastal Colombian city she often evokes in her songs and award acceptance speeches.

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.

The legendary Mexican rock group went on to win best rock album, with frontman Fher Olvera proclaiming that rock lives on.

Wisin and Yandel were joined by Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston. 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, adding of Calle 13, “I don’t know his name but he was real good.”

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.


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