Univision’s Premios Juventud a Test of What Future Award Shows Might Look Like


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By Araceli Cruz

August 14, 2020

Last night’s show took place in Florida where COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

With their masks matching their attires, Latino stars hit the red carpet last night for the first time since the start of the pandemic for the 17th annual Premios Juventud—the signature awards ceremony of Univision with unique categories in which the winners are decided by online voting.

The awards show, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida was the first time celebs have physically gotten together for a live televised event since March. In June, BET held their annual awards show, but it was recorded and performed remotely. 


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Premios Juventud, on the other hand, featured rehearsal, a red-carpet with press, live performances, and acceptance speeches on stage. The audience was entirely virtual. However, some celebs did serve as audience members and sat while keeping social distance. Musical stars in attendance included Karol G, Sebastian Yatra, El Alfa, Natti Natasha, Grupo Firme, and Natanael Cano. Actress Julissa Calderon hosted the historic show. 


Bad Bunny was the biggest winner of the night, with eight awards that centered around his fashion style and trendsetter status. Karol G and J Balvin won five awards each. Ricky Martin won the Agente of Change award, accepting his award virtually. 


“I want to change rejection for acceptance, inequality for equality, and injustice for justice,” Martin said. “To all those young people who have passion and strength, I encourage you to be an agent of change in your community. I count on you. You have the key to change.”

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Selena Quintanilla also got a special tribute commemorating the 25 years since her passing and her lasting legacy. Singers Danna Paola, Natti Natasha, Ally Brooke, and Greeicy performed several Selena songs including “Como La Flor,” “Carcacha,” “Techno Cumbia,” “Amor Prohibido,” Baila Esta Cumbia,” and “Fotos y Recuerdos.” 


After the performance, Karol G presented two Musical Legacy awards to Selena’s brother, A.B. Quintanilla. “I dedicate this award to my mom and dad,” Quintanilla said. 




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