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

02/21/08 Rosemary Mercedes

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

Miami, FL — 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  ìPremio Lo Nuestro a La M˙sica Latina,î Americaís most popular and most-watched Latin music awards show, broadcast live on the Univision Television Network.

The biggest winners of the night with four ìPremio Lo Nuestroî 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 Man·, pop group Camila, Puerto Rican diva Olga TaÒÛn, Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, Regional Mexican artist Marco Antonio SolÌs, 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 ìCrossroads: Cruce de Caminos,î and NorteÒo 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 ìKing of Rancheroî Vicente Fern·ndez made his ìPremio Lo Nuestroî debut performance, after which he received this yearís ìPremio a la Excelenciaî award which was presented by TV legend Don Francisco and Univision Network News anchor MarÌa Elena Salinas.
Later, Univision personality Cristina Saralegui made one of the nightís most moving award presentations to international superstar Ricky Martin, who crossed two continents and an ocean to personally accept the first ever ìM·xima Excelenciaî award, as selected by the public from all 19 previous ìPremio a la Excelenciaî winners.

The star-studded show kicked off with a crowd-pleasing performance by Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes singing his chart-toppers ìMe Enamoraî and ìGotas de Agua Dulce.î

Later, in one of the eveningís most colorful numbers, ranchero superstar Pepe Aguilar sang the classic hit ì100% Mexicanoî 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 ìøDÛnde Est·n CorazÛn?î with a 30 member childrenís choir followed by ìDÌmelo.î

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 ìQuÈdate M·sî and their hit song ìEl Rey.î
Performing a medley of her greatest hits, Premioís most awarded female artist, Olga TaÒÛn, led an elaborate production of nearly 30 musicians and 20 dancers, after which she was awarded the ìTrayectoria ArtÌsticaî award honoring her 20-year career.

In keeping with spectacular grand finales, this yearís historic show featured the reunion of one of tropical musicís most entertaining merengue groups, Grupo ManÌa, 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.comís 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.

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A complete list of the awards presented follows.

POP GENRE
Album of the Year
ìRicky Martin MTV Unpluggedî ñ 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
ìTodo CambiÛî ñ Camila

ROCK GENRE

Album of the Year
ìOyeî ñ Aterciopelados

Artist of the Year
Man·

Song of the Year
ìBendit· Tu Luzî ñ Man· and Juan Luis Guerra

TROPICAL GENRE

Album of the Year
ìK.O.B.î ñ Aventura

Male Artist of the Year
Juan Luis Guerra

Female Artist of the Year
Olga TaÒÛn

Group or Duo of the Year
Aventura

Song of the Year
ìMi Corazoncitoî – Aventura

Tropical Merengue Artist of the Year
Olga TaÒÛn

Tropical Salsa Artist of the Year
Marc Anthony

Traditional Tropical Artist of the Year
Aventura

REGIONAL MEXICAN GENRE

Album of the Year
ìCrossroads: Cruce de Caminosî ñ Intocable

Male Artist of the Year
Marco Antonio SolÌs

Female Artist of the Year
Jenni Rivera

Group or Duo of the Year
Intocable

Song of the Year
ìLa Noche Perfectaî ñ El Chapo de Sinaloa

Banda Artist of the Year
Joan Sebasti·n

Grupero Artist of the Year
Marco Antonio SolÌs

NorteÒo Artist of the Year
Intocable

Ranchero Artist of the Year
Pepe Aguilar

Duranguense Artist of the Year
Los HorÛscopos de Durango

New Soloist or Group of the Year
Banda GuasaveÒa

URBAN GENRE

Album of the Year
ìSentimientoî ñ Ivy Queen

Artist of the Year
Wisin y Yandel

Song of the Year
ìPegaoî ñ Wisin y Yandel

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
ìImpactoî ñ Daddy Yankee

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