Last Night, Univision’s highly anticipated “Premios Juventud” (Youth Awards) united fans and stars through the power of music in the first live music award show during the pandemic. During the historic four-hour celebration, Latin music hottest stars and emerging artists performed in front of a virtual audience and honored everyday heroes. “Premios Juventud” broadcasted live from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and featured a diverse group of hosts, Julissa Calderon, Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisca Lachapel, Borja Voces and Sebastián Yatra for the main show and Migbelis Castellanos, Jomari Goyso and Amara la Negra for “PJ Takeover,” the one-hour pre-show.
The legendary band The Wailers opened the show with an original PJ only version of their new song “One World, One Prayer,” featuring Cedella and Skip Marley (daughter and grandson of the legendary Bob Marley), Rauw Alejandro, Camilo, Pedro Capó, Farruko and Kany García. Global superstar Pitbull followed the powerful number with his uplifting anthem “I Believe that We Will Win.”
A moving performance celebrating the 25-year legacy and music of Selena Quintanilla took place on stage by the talented Ally Brooke, Greeicy, Natti Natasha and Danna Paola, who performed Selena’s popular cumbias “Como la Flor,” “La Carcacha,” “Techno Cumbia,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” “Amor Prohibido” and “Fotos y Recuerdos.” Producer and composer AB Quintanilla, brother of the late star, received two awards honoring her musical legacy. One of the most awaited moments of the night included the TV premiere of this summer’s hits “Algo Mágico” and “Tattoo Remix” by the talented young artists Rauw Alejandro and Camilo. Camilo also performed his single “Favorito” for the first time in television. The night ended with an upbeat musical number by Kyen? Es?, the mysterious singer honored the iconic Celia Cruz performing her songs “La Vida es un Carnaval,” “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” and “Rie y LLora.”
Continuing with its tradition of honoring artists using their star power for positive change and remarkable individuals making an impact in their community, “Premios Juventud” bestowed the “Agent of Change” award to Latin stars Becky G for her active role leading social change, Ricky Martin, for his activism and renowned efforts through the Ricky Martin Foundation, and Pitbull for his work in support of the community through financial grants to Latino small businesses around the country and the SLAM! Schools. Through a virtual appearance, Becky G and Ricky Martin received their award on PJ’s stage. The young people who were also honored with the prestigious award were Andrea Ronquillo; Kimberly Guerra and Gaby Cintron, Vinita Akula and Kevin Dick.
The first live award show during this pandemic also featured memorable music performances featuring renown artists and rising stars. The top moments of the night included
- Cristian Castro – The popular singer performed for the very first time on TV his new song “Cuando Vuelve la Vida,” and a medley of a reimagined version of his classic romantic songs “Por Amarte Así,” “Lloviendo Estrellas” and “Azul.”
- Karol G – The top female winner of the night performed her latest single “Ay Dios Mío.”
- Farruko – The popular reggaeton singer performed “La Tóxica,” for the first time on TV.
- Sebastián Yatra, Cali y el Dandee and Danna Paola – In a memorable number that fired up the virtual audience and fans at home, Sebastián Yatra, one of the hosts of the night, took the stage to perform “Locura” with Cali y el Dandee and “No Bailes Sola” with Danna Paola.
- CNCO – The fan-favorite band delighted fans across the country with the TV premiere of their single “Honey Boo.”
- Ozuna – The fan-favorite star performed his new songs “Caramelo” and “Mamacita.”
- Natti Natasha – Premiered on TV her hit “Que Mal Te Fue.”
- Grupo Firme – The regional Mexican band took the stage with their hit song “El Amor No Fue Pa Mi.”
- Mau y Ricky – The duo performed their song “Papás” for the first time on TV.
- Anuel AA – The popular reggaeton star premiered on TV three of his recent songs, “Narcos,” “Hasta Que Dios Diga” and “Reggaetonera”
- Rafa Pabón – The reggaeton singer performed “Sin Aire” and “Mirala” for the first time on TV.
- Manuel Turizo – The performance of his latest single “Quiéreme Mientras Se Pueda,” was a TV premiere.
- Llane – The Latin sensation returned to “Premios Juventud,” now as a solo artist, to perform his new bolero “Como Antes.”
- Natanael Cano – Performed on Television for the first time his singles “Amor Tumbado,” “Soy El Diablo” and “Arriba.”
- Jhay Cortez – The young star premiered on TV his singles “Como Se Siente Dime a Ve” and “Medusa.”
The globally acclaimed Bad Bunny was the biggest winner of the night taking home 8 awards, including “the Quarentune” for his hit “En Casita,” “OMG Collaboration” for “Soy el Diablo” and “Can’t Get Enough,” for the most popular artist on social media. Latin superstars Karol G and J Balvin received 5 awards each, including a shared one for their song “China” that won “The Traffic Jam” award. Latin music sensation Anuel AA won 4 awards and Natanael Cano and Daddy Yankee 3 each.