Univision’s longest-running show, “Premio lo Nuestro” aired live last night from the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The 30th edition of Premio lo Nuestro was both a tribute to some of the biggest stars of the Latin music industry and a celebration of the music that's evolved throughout the years, including the most recent chart-topping hits.
The traditional nominations and awards were left out of the three-hour program, which I enjoyed much more than any other year I've watched because of the extra time spent on the music performances. This special edition was dedicated to the Latin music legends. It was a showcase of artists performing their own hits as well as those of iconic Latin music figures as a way to honor their musical careers during the past three decades. Premio lo Nuestro went with a completely different vibe this year. Rather than seating the guests in rows, the floor was turned into a ballroom with tables and chairs allowing the artists plenty of room to dance along to the musical performances.
Laura Pausini, who served as a co-host along with Lili Estefan and Alejandra Espinoza, was the opening act to the show. Many other artists joined her on stage showcasing the generational gap and different genres within the Latin music industry. It was a beautiful musical blend.
Some of the special tributes were dedicated to power couple, Emilio and Gloria Estefan for their contribution to the Latin music industry and their achievements. Olga Tañon, whom holds the record for the most Premio lo Nuestro awards (30), was recognized for her musical career. Ricardo Montaner, who performed at the 1989 Premio lo Nuestro, performed some of his record- breaking songs alongside his three children.
Many artists took the stage but one of the biggest moments of the night was when Wisin & Yandel reunited on stage, after making the decision to pursue solo careers back in 2013, to perform some of their hit songs as well as their latest songs. Bad Bunny closed the show with "Chambea" where WWE superstar Ric Flair (Wooo) made an appearance on stage, along Jbalvin.
The 30th edition of Premio lo Nuestro honored legendary icons while spotlighting the present and future stars of the Latin music industry. It was the perfect Throwback Thursday as past historical P.L.N moments were played throughout the show. A trip down memory lane took me back to when some of the biggest stars that represent us musically and culturally today were just starting off. They've paved the way for other artists since and continue to share the beauty of our Latin music throughout our countries and the world.
*Photos courtesy of Premio lo Nuestro