"Despacito," the duo by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, came off as this summer's big hit by taking two of the 10 statuettes at the 14th Premios Juventud awards gala, which once again celebrated the irreverence but also the commitment of Latino Millennials.
The prizes for Perfect Combo and Best Song for Singing are the first that "Despacito" has ever won, but after breaking so many barriers for a recording in Spanish, it undoubtedly has many more in store.
"Despacito" was the biggest hit of a night full of Latin music stars like Shakira, who together with Coldplay gave a remote performance from Hamburg, Germany.
Maluma opened the gala with "Felices los 4" in a surprise duo with Puerto Rico's Marc Anthony, an appearance that lit the fuse of the generally wild atmosphere at the University of Miami's Watsco Center where the prizes were awarded by popular vote.
The Colombian also took two of the seven prizes for which he was nominated, both for being a trend-setter on social networks: Best Instagram and Best Fashionista.
"He's super handsome and his music is as hot as he is," said special guest Iggy Azalea from Australia.
"Shaky Shaky" by Daddy Yankee topped all others for Best Song for Dancing, while "Reggaeton Lento" by the guys of CNCO was named Best Song to Chill, after Julio Iglesias was given a special Idol of Youth career award.
The Mexican group Calibre 50 won Best Song for Your "Troca" (Pickup Truck) with "Siempre Te Voy a Querer," while the also Mexican group Reik won Best Song for Loving with "Ya Me Entere."
On the grey carpet minutes before receiving the honor, the Reik band told EFE that this prize would be "something special" because they all liked knowing they composed "the song that played while some couples fell in love."
The gala, hosted by Alejandra Espinoza and Danilo Carrera, continued with performances by stars like Colombia's J. Balvin, who also took Best Video for "Sigo Extrañandote."
This was a more focused awards gala than in previous years, since it eliminated such categories as Film, Sports, Telenovelas and Networks, presenting only 10 categories, all related to music.
The surprise of the evening, however, was the performance by Shakira and Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin, announced just hours before the show.
By Pablo Ramon Ochoa