The annual Latin music awards ceremony was held at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on Thursday. Hosted by Chiquinquirá Delgado, Jose Ron and Yuri, a slew of artists took the stage to accept their award, make passionate speeches, and entertain the audience with their stellar performances.
Armando Manzanero Tribute
The night kicked off with an emotional tribute to the late composer and singer, who died at the age of 85 in December from the coronavirus. A number of singers praised Manzanero before Alejandra Guzmán, Lila Downs and Yuri beautifully sang his hits “Voy a Apagar La Luz,” “Te Extraño” and “Adoro.” Arthur Hanlon accompanied the ladies on piano.
Marc Anthony Honors Johnny Pacheco
Anthony took a moment to pay tribute to the salsa icon, who died on Feb. 15 at the age of 85.
“Tonight I want to honor and thank one of the pillars of salsa music, a musical genius who recently died. The great maestro Johnny Pacheco,” Anthony said in Spanish, adding that without Pacheco salsa music wouldn’t exist.
“And without salsa, I don’t know who I would be,” Anthony continued. “Your music was the soundtrack to my life while I grew up in New York. You were always with me… Thank you for all the memories, Mr. Pacheco. Thank you for the music. We know there is a party in heaven. Tonight, on this stage, and forevermore we will sing in your honor. I love you, maestro.”
Following Anthony’s words, Gilberto Santa Rosa performed a tribute.