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The Black Eyed Peas played "Where is the Love" in the Latin America Music Awards gala.
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Karol G and Bad Bunny win big at the 2022 Latin America Music Awards

The artist behind 'Bichota' won six statuettes last night in Las Vegas. The other major success story of the night was Bad Bunny, who won five.

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At a Latin American Music Awards gala marked by a complete return to normal, with artists and celebrities wearing their best outfits on the red carpet, Colombian singer Karol G was crowned as the biggest winner of the contest.

After her successful performance at Coachella, where she paid tribute to the main Latin singers who influenced her, the artist behind Bichota won six statuettes in Las Vegas.

Despite the success, Karol G was not present at the gala to collect the awards: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Urban Album, Favorite Urban Artist and Collaboration of the Year for "El Makinon," a song she performed alongside Mariah Angeliq.

Angeliq, present at the gala, collected the award on behalf of her absent partner, and stated: "I really didn't expect to win, so I'm a little surprised."

The second main winner of the night — and also absent — was the Puerto Rican icon Bad Bunny, who won in five of the 10 categories he was nominated in. The urban music singer won the awards for Single of the Year, Favorite Urban Song, for “Dákiti” together with Jhay Cortez, Favorite Male Artist, Viral Song of the Year, for “AM,” and Favorite Song, for “Volví.”

Christian Nodal also had a memorable night. The star of the Mexican regional genre attended the gala knowing that he had won the special award for Extraordinary Evolution. In addition, he won in the categories Favorite Solo Artist-Regional Mexican, Favorite Album-Regional Mexican, and Favorite Song-Regional Mexican, for “Botella tras Botella”.

Nodal, euphoric, shouted "Arriba Mexico!" after receiving the four trophies, and thanked all the people who have supported him during his five-year professional career as a singer.

The gala, which lasted around three hours and was broadcast live on Telemundo, began with a cry of solidarity for Ukraine by the Black Eyed Peas. Together with the Ukrainian singer Nastya Kamenskykh, who offered a powerful speech in Spanish asking for help from the Latino community to fight against the Russian invasion, they performed an emotional version of "Where is the Love."

The other outstanding performances of the night were those of Luis Fonsi, who made fans go crazy with the premiere of “Dolce;” Gloria Trevi, who premiered her song with flamenco influence “La Recaída;” and Jesse & Joy, who played their hit “Respirar.” There were also urban music performances by Ozuna and Jhay Cortez.

Another of the great honorees at the gala was the Mexican singer Lupita D'Alessio. Known as the 'Leona Dormida.' She received the Legend award for her prolific career. At 67, she thanked the public for "keeping me alive" during her more than 50-year career. On stage, she performed a mix of her hits "Lo siento mi amor," "Ese hombre," and "Acaríciame."

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