Latin music's biggest stars glittered last night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, where the glamour of this year's finalists, the excitement of each performance, and the emotion preceding each award thrilled television viewers worldwide.
Highlights of the exciting show will be featured on "Billboard Extra," a Telemundo special airing on Saturday, May 1 at 7PM/6c.
Top honors at the world's most prestigious Latin music event went to Aventura who received nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, while Tito "El Bambino" was honored with seven awards. Luis Fonsi received four awards, and Wisin y Yandel were granted three awards. The 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards Presented by State Farm aired live in HD on Telemundo, marking the network's 12th broadcast of the event.
The mega production featured 14 performances with 24 artists on stage and was filled with memorable moments, including an explosive opening by Pitbull, Jencarlos Canela, Banda Los Recoditos, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Paulina Rubio featuring Wyclef Jean. The celebration continued with impressive performances by Camila, Chayanne, David Bisbal, Espinoza Paz, Joan Sebastian, Juan Luis Guerra, La Original Banda El Limon, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis, Nelly Furtado, Thalia, Tito "El Bambino", and Wisin y Yandel. In addition, a special piece in honor of the victims of the Haiti and Chile earthquakes was performed by Ricardo Montaner, Nota, Milly Quezada and Tercer Cielo.
Billboard's Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon multi-platinum, international group, Los Temerarios, for its outstanding achievements in music; while Marc Anthony was honored with the Billboard's Spirit of Hope Award for his philanthropic work.
Artists who received two Billboard Latin Music Awards included Espinoza Paz, Banda El Recodo, El Trono de Mexico, Vicente Fernandez, Luis Enrique, Shakira and Marisela. For the second consecutive year, Luis Fonsi won the Tu Mundo Award, selected by Telemundo.com users. The complete list of winners is available at www.nbcumv.com.
Talented actress Aylin Mujica, and host of Telemundo's morning show "Levantate" Alan Tacher, hosted the star-studded ceremony. The event was preceded by the ultra stylish and highly anticipated red carpet arrivals pre-show, which featured the best in fashion and interviews with the stars as they paraded down the carpet just moments before the big show. "La Alfombra Roja de los Premios Billboard" was hosted by Monica Noguera and Rashel Diaz, along with Azucena Cierco, Jorge Bernal and Jessie Camacho, from key positions on the carpet.
Extending the awards excitement, on Saturday, May 1, at 7PM/ 6c, Telemundo will treat viewers to a special titled "Billboard Extra," which will feature the most memorable highlights of the evening, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition, to hear hit songs from this year's finalists, fans can purchase "The 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists" compilation CD, available only at Target, Target.com and iTunes.com/target.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards honor the most popular albums, songs, and performers in Latin music, as determined by sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard's weekly charts during a one-year period from the issue dated February 7, 2009 through this year's January 30, 2010 issue. Winners reflect performance of new recordings on Billboard's sales charts, including Top Latin Albums, and radio charts, including Hot Latin Songs, with album categories confined to titles that did not appear before Nov. 8, 2008 issue but excluding finalists from the prior-year's Billboard