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Latin AMAs Recap: Winners and Highlights

And the results are in! Last Thursday’s 2018 Latin AMAs proved to be yet another night of success for big-hit artists in the Latinx community. Co-hosted by a quintet of boss ladies including Becky G, Gloria Trevi, Leslie Grace, Roselyn Sanchez, and Aracely Arambula, the awards show captured a combination of powerful live performances, flashy fashion statements  (for red carpet photos, click here), and moving acceptance speeches.

Performance highlights:

  • Daddy Yankee inviting the Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra onstage for his performance of “Yo Contra Ti” to honor those battling breast cancer
  • Prince Royce and Maluma making things steamy during a performance of “El Clavo”
  • Gloria Trevi celebrating female empowerment by singing “Ellas Soy Yo
  • Joss Favela and Becky G performing as a sweet duo for “Pienso en Ti


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Mexicanos represent!!!! ?? @jossfavela Also, real life version of ?? with a kick of country ? !!! #PiensoEnTi #LatinAMAs

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The big wins:

  • Artist of the Year – Bad Bunny
  • Album of the Year – Odisea (Ozuna)
  • New Artist of the Year – Sebastián Yatra
  • Favorite Duo or Group – CNCO
  • Ozuna and CNCO racked up the most awards out of all the nominees Thursday night.


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Thank you #CNCOwners for these awards! 3/3 !!! @latinamas Outfit: @giorgioarmani

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Demi Lovato received recognition for her song “Échame La Culpa” with Luis Fonsi but was unfortunately not present at the event due to her recent admittance to rehab.

The AMAs also presented Daddy Yankee with the Icon Award for the incredible achievements he has made in the entertainment industry, his interaction and close connection with fans, and his ways of inspiration for other musicians. it was a great moment for Daddy Yankee, who had a humble message for all of his fans in his acceptance speech.

“I’m a human being just like you,” he said. “I worked with discipline, perseverance, and determination in a genre that had everything against it… [I got to where I am today by] respecting my fans, my family, loving my country, and loving the other countries that have opened their doors to me.”

Gloria Trevi also took the opportunity she had on stage to express her solidarity with women who have been abused by their male counterparts.

In a speech Trevi made after performing “Ellas Soy Yo” (“I am Them”), she tells her audience, “[Men in the workforce and entertainment industry] still discriminate me, with that assurance that comes with ignorance, but this has to stop.”

Trevi further stresses her frustration with a world where women are continually oppressed by their abusers and thus do not have the proper resources to find the courage to speak out.

“Tonight, I expose my life for [these women], but tonight and forever, ellas soy yo,” she concludes.

What were your favorite moments from the 2018 Latin AMAs? Let us know the comment section below!

Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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