SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Wednesday, each claiming seven trophies on the pandemic-delayed show.
Bad Bunny won the Artist of the Year, highest honor of the evening, as well as the Latin album for “X 100PRE” and Songwriter of the Year. He did not attend the ceremony.
Daddy Yankee won six of his awards for his hit “Con Calma,” featuring 1990s artist Snow. His awards have included hot Latin Song Awareness, and Song of the Year awards for streaming and airplay and digital platforms.
The reggaeton star dedicated the first of his awards to those who had lost loved ones to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Music remains medicine,” he said.
Actress Gaby Espino hosted the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Telemundo from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The event had a red carpet, but no audience.
Mexican singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee were also recognized for “Despacito,” which was dubbed the song of the decade.