Premios Juventud awards bring out the stars

No surprise here: Spanish pop sensation Enrique Iglesias earned major honors at Univision Network’s 2015 “Premios Juventud” (Youth Awards) after fans declared him the best among Latin entertainers during Thursday’s broadcast from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami.

Up-and-coming Mexican regional singer Luis Coronel also walked away as one of his generation’s favorites for the evening. Coronel, who followed his mom’s advice to go for it and became a runaway success after uploading his songs on YouTube and Facebook, won the “Just Play It All” award for “Quiero Ser Tu Dueño.” As for the performances, a bevy of chart-topping artists took the brightly-lit video-game-themed stage. Ricky Martin debuted “La Mordidita.” Nicky Jam, along with urban artists De la Ghetto, J Balvin, Zion and Arcángel did the medley, “Perdón y Travesuras.”

Pitbull provided another highlight with a spectacule involving dozens of dancers and pyrotechnics. Chino & Nacho captivated audiences with a performance inspired by classic video games. Yandel kept the party going with his hit “Calentura.” Hosted by Ninel Conde, William Levy, Alejandra Espinoza and El Dasa, the 12th annual edition of “Premios Juventud” featured presenters from all over and for all tastes: Axel, Calibre 50, ChocQuibTown, Cristián de la Fuente, Paulina Goto, Natalia Jiménez, Francisca Lachapel, Adriana Louvier, Fanny Lu, Michael Peña, Enrique Santos, Rodolfo “El Chamo” Soules, Marjorie de Sousa and Zuleyka Rivera.

Univision also recognized Mario Kreutzberger’s professional achievements with PJ’s Idol for Generations Award. A montage allowed the audience to reminisce with Kreutzberger, aka Don Francisco, whose variety show, “Sábado Gigante” (Giant Saturday), will call it day after 53 years in September.

Also honored for his long career was Mexican singer-songwriter Joan Sebastian, “The People’s Poet,” who died Monday after a long battle with cancer.