Premio Lo Nuestro, the prestigious award show honoring Latine music, celebrated its 35th anniversary last night (Feb. 23). The annual ceremony, which is the longest-running Latine music awards show in the U.S., was broadcast live on Univision from the Miami-Dade Arena. The star-studded event was hosted by Alejandra Espinoza, Paulina Rubio, Sebastian Yatra, and Adrian Uribe. This year’s edition of the awards (themed “El Mundo Es Lo Nuestro”) aimed to highlight the diversity of Latine music around the world—and it did not disappoint.
The night was filled with an exciting lineup of performances, heartfelt tributes, and unforgettable moments. From the legendary Marc Anthony and pioneering Ivy Queen to new rising stars like Tiago PZK, Elena Rose, and Álvaro Díaz, there was no shortage of talent on display. This year’s Premio Lo Nuestro truly showcased the best and brightest of the Latine music scene. These are the night’s most unforgettable and buzzworthy performances.
Ivy Queen Reminds Us Why She’s the Queen
Ivy Queen, the reigning reina del reggaetón, performed a medley of her greatest hits, including “La Vida Es Así,” “Que Lloren,” and “Yo Quiero Bailar.” Her electrifying performance solidified why after a three-decade-long career, she continues to be one of the most prolific artists in reggaeton music history. La Caballota made history that night as the first female artist to receive the special “Legado Musical” award. “While I breathe and aspire, I’m going to assume the role I’ve had from day one: to elevate women with joy and elegance,” she said in a heartfelt acceptance speech. “[This is] for every woman that fills themselves with self-worth when they listen to my music.”
Marc Anthony & Maluma Take the Stage Together Again
Bringing down the house was none other than Marc Anthony and Maluma with a thrilling performance of their salsa-pop collaboration “La Fórmula.” As two of the biggest names in Latine music, it’s no surprise that their performance kept the audience on their feet from start to finish. The jumbotron behind the superstars displayed “M+M,” which makes us wonder what would a Marc Anthony and Maluma joint album be like? We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we would definitely be here for it. After all, their salsa remix of “Felices Los 4” was a major success.
Sebastián Yatra Lets Loose
Sebastián Yatra, the Colombian hearthrob and co-host for the night, opened the show with the TV debut of his new single. “Una Noche Sin Pensar” began in a drunken and hazy vibe in a first person perspective before quickly exploding into a high-energy performance featuring his crew of bedazzled mesh-outfitted dancers. After the pyrotechnics cleared the sadboi energy, it was clear the singer’s new single passed the vibe check. Yatra’s 10 nominations made this year’s ceremony even more special for him, as he was the most nominated artist of the night.
The New Generation: Tiago PZK, Elena Rose, & Alvaro Díaz
Representing the next wave of el movimiento, this year’s ceremony highlighted rising stars Tiago PZK, Elena Rose, and Álvaro Díaz. The musicians, each representing different music scenes, delivered something for everyone for their debut Premio Lo Nuestro performances. Argentine trap sensation Tiago PZK started off with his ballad “Bemaste.” Venezuelan singer-songwriter Elena Rose sang “Bayamón,” which interpolates reggae staple “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy. Puerto Rican rapper Álvaro Díaz wrapped things up on a high note with a medley of his singles “Babysita /3,” “Lentito,” and “1000Canciones.”
Christian Nodal & Tini Crank Up the Heat—Literally
Switching up the tone at the ceremony, Christian Nodal brought out Argentine pop darling Tini to perform their sultry duet “Por El Resto De Tu Vida,” and it was nothing short of steamy. The chemistry between the two was palpable as the duo came close and joined hands while delivering a passionate and intimate performance. The addition of flames surrounding the pair only added to the intensity of the moment, literally turning up the heat.
The All-Star Víctor Manuelle Tribute
You know you’re a legend when you gather some of the biggest names in salsa bond together to pay tribute to you. That’s exactly what happened to Víctor Manuelle before being honored with a lifetime achievement award. The tribute included performances by Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jerry Rivera, Tito Nieves, Noel Schajris, and Norberto, who sang a medley of Manuelle’s hits, including “Tengo Ganas,” “Dile A Ella,” and “He Tratado.” The tribute had everyone, including Manuelle himself, singing and dancing along. In his speech, the Puerto Rican icon teared up while thanking his wife, family, and Santa Rosa for their support throughout his career.