The 2021 Latin American Music Awards brought star power!
The annual awards ceremony was held Thursday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, with the hottest acts in Latin music celebrating another year of mega hits, Spanglish collaborations and sensational singles and albums. Hosted by Jacqueline Bracamontes, this year’s Latino AMAs, which aired on Telemundo, included a series of exciting performances, powerful acceptance speeches, moving tributes, and heartwarming moments not to be missed.
Check out the full list of Latin AMAs winners.
ET is analyzing all the best and most memorable moments from the 2021 Latin American Music Awards. Check them out below.
Anitta, Maluma, Wisin and Myke Towers give the starting gun
There was no shortage of stars to kick off the show. Anitta, Maluma, Wisin & Myke Towers gave the first performance of the night, when they teamed up for a rendition of the “Mi Niña” remix.
Maluma would also perform “Tonika” with Ziggy Marley, and would close the show with Piso 21 to sing his hit “Más De La Una”.
Ricky Martin and Dr. Anthony Fauci encourage Hispanics to get vaccinated
In a pre-recorded segment, the singer and the president’s top medical adviser spoke about the importance of getting vaccinated amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Later in the ceremony, Martín and Carlos Vives debuted their new collaboration, “Canción Bonita”. Having dropped it just two days earlier, the Puerto Rican and Colombian stars did not disappoint with their salsa-tinged PR love letter.
Camilo and Los Dos Carnales take the desert to Florida
After winning Favorite Pop Album, Camilo y Los Dos Carnales they merged their genres to entertain the crowd by singing their song “Tuyo Y Mío”. The group relied on the vibe of the song for their performance, bringing a desert stage to the BB&T Center in Florida.
Carrie Underwood makes her Latin AMAs debut
The country superstar took the stage with Spanish sensation David Bisbal to perform his bilingual song, “Tears of God.” Released in December, Underwood impressed with his strong voice and even sang in Spanish.
Karol G and Mariah Angeliq bring female power
The talented singers teamed up for the exclusive television premiere of “El Makinon,” which is about breaking all the rules with girls.
José Luis Rodríguez, also known as “El Puma”, received the Leyenda Award and serenaded fans with a repertoire of ballads such as “Culpable Soy Yo”, “Dueño De Ti” and “Hold on to Your Hands.”
Alejandro Fernández was honored with the Icon Award and revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to cancel his appearance in person.
Prior to receiving the Extraordinary Evolution Award, Ozuna gave a performance packed with some of his greatest hits, including “Se Preparo,” “Vaina Loca,” “Tell him that you love me,” and “If Your Husband Doesn’t Want You.” There was a very special moment when he was surprised by his grandmother, who joined him on stage.
In addition, there was a special tribute for the late Joan Sebastian. His ex-wife, Maribel Guardia, introduced Joss Favela, who began the performance dedicated to the Mexican singer-songwriter, who died on July 13, 2015.
Ana Bárbara, with a sensual red dress, closed the tribute singing “Secret of Love”.
Pitbull drives the crowd, as always
Mr. 305 knows how to get the audience on their feet and he did it with several special guests.
Natanael Cano keeps it cool and collected
The 19-year-old gave a riveting performance of his mega hit “Amor Tumbado.” Dressed in an elegant white rocker suit, Cano played the guitar while singing the corrido lying down.
Get the full list of Latin AMA winners, plus the best Latin AMA moments at ETonline.com.