It was one of the first major events to unfold in New York since the pandemic began and the excitement was breathed a league away at the MTV Video Music Awards, which this Sunday brought together the ambassadors of “Latin power” on the red carpet. and the stage.
To the Puerto Rican Ozuna, who during the gala premiered his new reggaeton song “La Funka”, with a fun show surrounded by stuffed animals and dressed in a glitter tracksuit, the pandemic gave him creativity, but also time to spend with his family and do things for which he had not had time, he told Efe.
“I dedicated time to my music, and to myself as a person,” added the singer on the red carpet prior to what he considered an “extremely special” night, wearing his indelible smile and elegantly dressed for the occasion in an olive-colored suit and sunglasses. Sun.
“We have seen these awards for several years and there was not so much Latino power. It is a very great opportunity that VMA gives us to bring our new things and I am very grateful,” he said.
In the same vein, the producer and writer, also Puerto Rican, Tainy, who took the stage with Shawn Mendes for his collaboration “Summer of Love” and was also transparent about his desire for a return to normalcy: “I’m very happy to be coming back, “he said.
“I grew up watching these awards and being nominated, going up to the stage … it is a combination of emotions. I know that I am not alone in this, many of my colleagues are crazy about going to sing and that people can enjoy their songs “, assured the artist, who has not stopped working these months.
“During the quarantine everyone was doing things,” he said about musical companions such as Jhay Cortez or J Balvin, and mentioning Anuel, Mike Towers or Rauw Alejandro. “I’m making my album, inviting everyone to take part, but produced by me “he revealed.
Also happy was newcomer Iann Dior, whose collaboration “Mood” with 24kGoldn soared to number one on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart: “Anything is possible, you can make all your dreams come true. This comes out of one night with my friends making music, now we are nominated. “
“Coming from Puerto Rico we didn’t have many things and you know, being on a red carpet is a surreal sensation,” added the young rapper of Puerto Rican origin, who claimed to be “soaking up” this first time before the masses and the spotlight. from the veteran television network.
The Brazilian Anitta, with an elegant long dress that evoked the “glamor” of the golden age of Hollywood, was one of the most acclaimed and told Efe that she will soon release a new album that she had prepared to release just before the pandemic and that now it is “refreshing”.
Anitta, who performed her new song “Girl from Rio” at the VMAs, said she was proud to represent her country and to see other Latinos “breaking down walls and joining with American culture.” “We are exchanging and combining cultures and experiences, it is fantastic,” he added.
For her part, Leslie Grace, the Dominican-born star of the musical “In the Heights”, who was the host tonight, announced that she will release a song called “Bachatita” at the end of this month: “I’m very excited about this song, no I’ve been releasing music in a long time and I know the fans have been waiting. “
“I love that tonight we have so many Latin artists representing our community, and with excellence,” added the artist in “Spanglish” and declaring herself a fan of Ozuna and Camila Cabello, who starred in two of the most spectacular “shows” of the night.
Cabello, who today left the media, filled the stage with Latin flavor with “Don’t Go Yet”, a preview of his new album “Familia”, in which he delves into his Cuban roots, and moved through the stage to the rhythm of salsa accompanied by dancers who performed a flamenco choreography.
For her part, and although she was not present after her spectacular debut in 2019, the Spanish Rosalía was the one who won the award in the Latin category for the video clip of “Lo Vas a Olvidar” with Billie Eilish, who won favorites such as Bad Bunny, Maluma or Shakira, also absent.
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The “Latin power”, happy to meet again at the VMA awards