The televised event was hosted by Roselyn Sanchez, star of Lifetime’s Devious Maids, Mexican actress Laura Flores and Raul Gonzalez, former anchor of Univision’s Despierta America, who joined their rival network, Telemundo months after.
The night began with a performance by reggaeton star, Wisin and Sean Paul, followed by Colombian rocker Juanes.
Marc Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist of the Year, Hot Latin Song and others for his album “3.0” and hit single “Vivir Mi Vida.” The Voice Kid’s judge, Prince Royce, won a modest four awards and performed with Brazilian superstar, Michel Telo.
Enrique Iglesias won Hot Latin Song of the Year and made the crowd dance with his flamenco - reggaeton rendition of, “Bailando” featuring Cuban reggaeton group, Gente de Zona.
The late “Diva de la Banda,” Jenni Rivera, Wisin y Yandel, Chino y Nacho, and Banda Arrolladora were also winners in their categories.
A tribute to the late Cheo Feliciano was led by Gilberto Santa Rosa to commemorate the salsa great, after he died in a car crash in Puerto Rico last Thursday. “I want to give thanks to the man who taught me how to live,” said Anthony of his idol Feliciano.
Carlos Vives was honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award for his humanitarian endeavors as an ambassador for UNICEF. “I propose this award to serve justice in the culture that has enriched our music,” said Vives.
Andrea Bocelli received the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award and also gave a chilling duet performance with Laura Pausini, while Franco de Vita was given the Billboard Hall of Fame Award for his impeccable 30-year trajectory.
Ricky Martin made the crowd sweat with a steamy performance of “Vida,” this years FIFA Cup song. Cheyenne, one of the most anticipated acts of the night gave an emotional performance, days after his mother’s death, and received a standing ovation from his friends in support.
After gracing the Billboard stage several times, Anthony stood in awe before his colleagues and said that he was at a loss for words.
Anthony closed the show with a powerful performance of “Vivir Mi Vida” that made the audience sway their hips side to side, even a fan climbed onstage to keep up with Anthony’s smooth dance moves.
In case you missed the Billboard Latin Music Awards, tune into Telemundo’s special, Billboard Extra, tonight at 8 p.m., with a recap of the show, backstage access and interviews or visit Telemundo.com/PremiosBillboard.