The 5th annual Premios Juventud (Univisión) awards were celebrated last night in Miami, FL. And the big winners of the evening were Wisin & Yandel. The reggaeton duo took home 4 statues, followed by Ricky Martin, the Bachata music group Aventura and Jennifer López, who took home three awards each.
This year, the gala not only celebrated Latin music and pop culture, but also the preservation of our planet. The usual red carpet was replaced with a green one, and the University of Miami’s Bank United Center theater was transformed into a jungle in honor of this year’s eco-theme.
RBD opened the show, generating a total sense of euphoria. The Mexican music group came on stage wearing surgical scrubs and portrayed doctors who were trying to revive a fallen patient. The said patient turned out to be Mother Earth, and the musical rebels saved the day, singing “I can’t forget you” as they portrayed themselves like superheroes.
After that, the band presented the hosts of the evening…none other than actors Eduardo Santamarina and Mayrín Villanueva, who’ve been rumored to have a romance since they filmed Yo amo a Juan querendón. Whatever may me going on behind cameras is one thing, but the chemistry on camera in undeniable. And Villanueva hosting skills left much (and we mean A LOT) to be desired.
The bad script and Villanueva’s awkward line readings were saved thanks to performances by Olga Tañón and Tito el Bambino who transformed the theater into a discotheque with their duet “En la disco”.
And bringing out the beachy vibe was Thalia –who won the Diva award and who surprised fans with her low-energy performance– singing “Ten paciencia” off of her new album, Lunada, in the midst of a Hawaiian luau.
The jaw-dropping Aventura collaborated with Enrique Iglesias for the first time, and gave us a taste of what we can expect on their U.S. tour The Kings, which kicks off in September.
Another memorable moment was the tribute to Pedro Fernández for his successful 30-year-old career. The singer appeared to be very moved, and sang a potpourri of his greatest hits.