Aventura, Intocable, Camila, Juan Luis Guerra, Maná, Ricky Martin, Marco Antonio Solís,...

Aventura, Intocable, Camila, Juan Luis Guerra, Maná, Ricky Martin, Marco Antonio Solís, Olga Tañón, and Wisin y Yandel, Biggest Winners at Historic 20th Edition of ‘Premio Lo Nuestro’ Latin Music Awards

Emotion-Filled Evening Celebrates 20 Years of Music, Memories, and Mega-Productions


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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–February 22, 2008–A mix of nostalgia, blasts from the past, surprise guests, and cutting-edge performances were spectacularly woven together Thursday night on the very special 20th edition of “Premio Lo Nuestro a La Música Latina,” America’s most popular and most-watched Latin music awards show, broadcast live on the Univision Television Network.

The biggest winners of the night with four “Premio Lo Nuestro” awards were Dominican bachata super group Aventura, followed by popular Regional Mexican group Intocable with three awards. Artists who received two awards include rock group Maná, pop group Camila, Puerto Rican diva Olga Tañón, Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, Regional Mexican artist Marco Antonio Solís, and Puerto Rican reggaeton artists Wisin y Yandel. Aventura received their four awards in the Tropical category as they were honored as Traditional Tropical Artists of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, and for Album and Song of the Year. Intocable received three awards in the Regional Mexican category including Group or Duo of the Year, Album of the Year for “Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos,” and Norteño Artist of the Year.

In a show repleat with some of the biggest stars of Latin music, the audience that filled the arena exploded in an emotional standing ovation as legendary “King of Ranchero” Vicente Fernández made his “Premio Lo Nuestro” debut performance, after which he received this year’s “Premio a la Excelencia” award which was presented by TV legend Don Francisco and Univision Network News anchor María Elena Salinas.

Later, Univision personality Cristina Saralegui made one of the night’s most moving award presentations to international superstar Ricky Martin, who crossed two continents and an ocean to personally accept the first ever “Máxima Excelencia” award, as selected by the public from all 19 previous “Premio a la Excelencia” winners.

The star-studded show kicked off with a crowd-pleasing performance by Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes singing his chart-toppers “Me Enamora” and “Gotas de Agua Dulce.”

Later, in one of the evening’s most colorful numbers, ranchero superstar Pepe Aguilar sang the classic hit “100% Mexicano” in the midst of a recreation of a typical Mexican plaza fiesta, complete with folkloric dancers, craft kiosks, and typical decorations.

The next musical number featured international pop idol Enrique Iglesias singing his current #1 hit “¿Dónde Están Corazón?” with a 30 member children’s choir followed by “Dímelo.”

It was also a big night for cumbia fans as one of the genres most popular groups, Cruz Martinez Presenta Los Super Reyes, paid a rousing homage to the Jackson Five with their rendition of “Quédate Más” and their hit song “El Rey.”

Performing a medley of her greatest hits, Premio’s most awarded female artist, Olga Tañón, led an elaborate production of nearly 30 musicians and 20 dancers, after which she was awarded the “Trayectoria Artística” award honoring her 20-year career.

In keeping with spectacular grand finales, this year’s historic show featured the reunion of one of tropical music’s most entertaining merengue groups, Grupo Manía, with their former lead singer Elvis Crespo in an electric and fireworks-filled medley of their greatest hits.

Univision.com experienced unprecedented interactivity with red carpet voting and thousands of message postings during the show. The dedicated mini-site will continue to provide exclusive Premio coverage with streaming video highlights, in-depth winner profiles and thousands of behind-the-scenes photos. Univision.com’s fully-loaded Premio offerings will continue to keep users engaged on a daily basis, even after the broadcast. For more information, visit Univision.com, keyword: Premio.

To download photographs of the event, please visit ftp://ftp.univision.net

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A complete list of the awards presented follows.

POP GENRE

Album of the Year

“Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged” – Ricky Martin

Male Artist of the Year

Chayanne

New Soloist or Group of the Year

Jennifer Lopez

Female Artist of the Year

Belinda

Group or Duo of the Year

Camila

Song of the Year

“Todo Cambió” – Camila

ROCK GENRE

Album of the Year

“Oye” – Aterciopelados

Artist of the Year

Maná

Song of the Year

“Benditá Tu Luz” – Maná and Juan Luis Guerra

TROPICAL GENRE

Album of the Year

“K.O.B.” – Aventura

Male Artist of the Year

Juan Luis Guerra

Female Artist of the Year

Olga Tañón

Group or Duo of the Year

Aventura

Song of the Year

“Mi Corazoncito” – Aventura

Tropical Merengue Artist of the Year

Olga Tañón

Tropical Salsa Artist of the Year

Marc Anthony

Traditional Tropical Artist of the Year

Aventura

REGIONAL MEXICAN GENRE

Album of the Year

“Crossroads: Cruce de Caminos” – Intocable

Male Artist of the Year

Marco Antonio Solís

Female Artist of the Year

Jenni Rivera

Group or Duo of the Year

Intocable

Song of the Year

“La Noche Perfecta” – El Chapo de Sinaloa

Banda Artist of the Year

Joan Sebastián

Grupero Artist of the Year

Marco Antonio Solís

Norteño Artist of the Year

Intocable

Ranchero Artist of the Year

Pepe Aguilar

Duranguense Artist of the Year

Los Horóscopos de Durango

New Soloist or Group of the Year

Banda Guasaveña

URBAN GENRE

Album of the Year

“Sentimiento” – Ivy Queen

Artist of the Year

Wisin y Yandel

Song of the Year

“Pegao” – Wisin y Yandel

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Impacto” – Daddy Yankee

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Aventura, Intocable, Camila, Juan Luis Guerra, Maná, Ricky Martin, Marco Antonio Solís, Olga Tañón, and Wisin y Yandel, Biggest Winners at Historic 20th Edition of ‘Premio Lo Nuestro’ Latin Music Awards