Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny win big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

"Music remains medicine," said Daddy Yankee, who dedicated the first of his awards to those who had lost loved ones to COVID-19.
Image: Daddy Yankee accepts the Icon Award onstage during the 2018 Latin American Music Awards.
Daddy Yankee accepts the Icon Award onstage during the 2018 Latin American Music Awards.Rich Fury / Getty Images file

SUNRISE, Fla.—Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Wednesday, claiming seven trophies apiece at the pandemic-delayed show.

Bad Bunny won artist of the year, the night’s top honor, as well as top 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,” which featured the 1990s artist Snow. His honors included the hot Latin song aware, and song of the year honors for streaming and airplay and digital platforms.

The reggaeton star dedicated the first of his awards to those who had lost loved ones due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Music remains medicine,” he said.

Actress Gaby Espino hosted the ceremony, which aired live on Telemundo from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The event had a red carpet, but no audience.

Mexican romance singer-songwriter Armando Manzanero received a Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee were also recognized for “Despacito,” which was named song of the decade.

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