If you didn't watch Univision's 13th annual Premios Juventud (the network's youth awards shows) on Thursday night, you missed out biiiig. But we got you. The theme of the night was #TBT, which made for surprise reunions and apperances from Latin pop's biggest names of the past 30 years. Yup, ' La Macarena' got a Cuban makeover, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull did their thing, but these were the performances that got everyone talking.
Luis Figueroa ft. Marc Anthony
Youtuber singer Luis Figueroa covered Marc Anthony’s hit 'Flor pálida' accompanied by the piano (played by famed salsa producer Sergio George). Unexpectedly, Anthony himself walked through the audience and joined Figueroa until the end of the song. Can you imagine? People’s excitement turned into screaming, singing along from beginning to end.
Daddy Yankee ft. Chino y Nacho
The reggaeton O.G. blew everyone’s minds when he joined Chino y Nacho on their track ‘Andas en mi cabeza’, which was immediately followed by ‘Shaky Shaky’, a sizzling summer hit which shook Miami and everyone watching at home with a dembow earthquake.
Chiquis Rivera ft. Gloria Trevi
In a surprising episode in the history of Mexican music, Chiquis Rivera sung a cover of rebel anthem ‘Pelo Suelto' by 90s wild child Gloria Trevi...when, of course, Trevi herself showed up. The legendary Mexican rock singer wore ripped tights and got on the floor to shake her mane, giving a performance to remember. Minutes later, the duet was released on iTunes. Jenni Rivera (Chiquis’ mother) and Gloria Trevi were good friends before the banda signer died in a plane crash in 2012.
Magneto ft. CNCO
Magneto, the Mexican boy band from the 80s and 90s, also made a comeback at #PremiosJuventud when they sang their biggest hit, ‘Vuela Vuela’ and danced in perfect synchronization just like the good old days. The pop veterans then passed the baton to CNCO, the hottest Latino boy band of the moment. With only two singles out and a debut album coming this fall, the group has made quite an impression with millions of fans in the United States and Latin America, who call themselves #CNCOwners. CNCO's members met last year at Univision’s reality show La Banda and won a few awards at this, the 13th edition of the Premios Juventud. Watch here.
New York City's own Proyecto Uno wrapped the show with the 90’s hit and wedding song staple, ‘El Tiburón’, which actually played an important role in the history of Latin pop. Los Ilegales joined them later to sing ‘La Morena’ and DLG's Huey Dunbar made it known he's still got pipes (and abs!) when he belted ‘La Quiero a Morir’. See full perfomance here.
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