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“Another one for Puerto Rico,” Sie7e cried in Spanish after accepting his gramophone trophy.
The awards show was a blend of genres and talents, as performers from nearly 100 countries gathered at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip for a night of Spanish pop, rock, salsa, rap and country. Crossover stars Sean Kingston, Usher and Demi Lovato were among the dozens of pop stars who shared the stage, along with Mexican rocker Alejandra Guzman, Puerto Rican rappers Wisin and Yandel and New York crooner Prince Royce. Award presenters included Erik Estrada, Zoe Saldana and Sofia Vergara.
The international lineup made for a Spanglish flair, with Vergara, whose Colombian accent is a staple joke on the hit TV series “Modern Family,” welcoming English viewers in her adopted tongue. Kermit the Frog also spoke in both Spanish and English, introducing Mexican band Intocable.
“Many frogs love Latino music because we get to hop around,” Kermit said.
Shakira, the youngest person to receive the academy’s prestigious Person of the Year recognition, dedicated the honor to her fellow stars. “With their voices and their music, they cure all our pains and make us forget our sorrows,” she said in Spanish.
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 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 an indoor rain shower.
Wisin and Yandel were joined by Kingston on stage. They spit 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 reggaeton,” or Spanish hip hop.
“I’ve dated a few Latin ladies so I understand a little bit, un 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.”
Associated Press writer Michelle Rindels contributed to this report.
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