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Latin American Music Awards: Bad Bunny takes home 5 awards; Carrie Underwood steals the show with David Bisbal

Jennifer McClellan and Pamela Avila, USA TODAY
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Bad Bunny was absent for this year's Latin American Music Awards but still won big, taking home five out of the eight awards he was nominated for. Karol G was the night's second-biggest winner, taking home three awards thanks to her song of the year "Tusa," featuring Nicki Minaj.

Up against J Balvin, who led the award show's nominations, reggaeton veteran Daddy Yankee, Maluma and Karol G, Bad Bunny won the award for "Artist of the Year." But Karol G came out on top for "Song of the Year" with Nicki Minaj, beating out Bad Bunny's "Yo Perreo Sola" and Maluma & The Weeknd's "Hawái."

Ushering in a new generation of Puerto Rican reggaeton artists, Rauw Alejandro took home the award for "New Artist of the Year."

Going into Thursday’s awards show, Colombian artists J Balvin and Karol G led the nominee pack with nine each. Balvin’s “Colores” album and Black Eyed Peas collaboration on "Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” earned nods for album and song of the year, respectively. However, the 35-year-old singer didn't win any awards. Karol G was up for artist of the year (so was Balvin) and her “Tusa” collaboration with Nicki Minaj earned three nominations including song of the year.

Some of Latin music’s biggest artists performed, including Anitta, who kicked off the show with a sultry performance, Ricky Martin was joined by Carlos Vives to perform their song "Canción Bonita," Maluma performed alongside Wisin and Myke Towers, and Karol G was joined by Mariah Angeliq to perform "El Makinon" off of her latest album "KG0516." Country music star Carrie Underwood joined Spanish crooner Bisbal for their first-ever television performance of "Tears of Gold."

The Latin AMAs were hosted by Jacqueline Bracamontes and broadcast on Telemundo from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Like the American Music Awards, the Latin AMAs are voted on by fans. The nominations were based on fan interactions with music, including streaming, sales, airplay and social activity tracked by Billboard through its data partners MRC Data and Next Big Sound from Jan. 17, 2020 through Jan. 21, 2021.

Check out all the Latin AMA winners below (in bold).

David Bisbal, left, and Carrie Underwood put on an amazing performance of their bilingual duet "Tears of Gold" for the first time on television.
David Bisbal, left, and Carrie Underwood put on an amazing performance of their bilingual duet "Tears of Gold" for the first time on television.

Artist of the Year / Artista del Año

  • Anuel AA

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny

  • Christian Nodal

  • Daddy Yankee

  • Eslabon Armado

  • J Balvin

  • Karol G

  • Maluma

  • Ozuna

  • Sech

New Artist of the Year / Nuevo Artista del Año

  • Camilo

  • Eslabon Armado

  • Los Dos Carnales

  • Myke Towers

  • Natanael Cano

  • WINNER: Rauw Alejandro

Song of the Year / Sencillo del Año

  • Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”

  • WINNER: Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

  • Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”

Album of the Year / Álbum del Año

  • Anuel AA – Emmanuel

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

  • J Balvin – Colores

  • Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Artist - Female / Artista Favorita - Femenina

  • WINNER: Anitta

  • Becky G

  • Karol G

  • Natti Natasha

  • Shakira

Wisin, left, Maluma, Anitta and Myke Towers performing at the Latin American Music Awards.
Wisin, left, Maluma, Anitta and Myke Towers performing at the Latin American Music Awards.

Favorite Artist - Male / Artista Favorito - Masculino

  • Anuel AA

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny

  • Christian Nodal

  • J Balvin

  • Maluma

  • Ozuna

Favorite Duo or Group / Dúo o Grupo Favorito

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

  • WINNER: Eslabon Armado

  • Jowell & Randy

  • Reik

Favorite Artist - Pop / Artista Favorito - Pop

  • Camilo

  • Enrique Iglesias

  • Luis Fonsi

  • Ricky Martin

  • WINNER: Shakira

Favorite Album - Pop / Álbum Favorito - Pop

  • WINNER: Camilo – Por Primera Vez

  • Kali Uchis – Sin Miedo (Del Amor y Otros Demonios)

  • Pedro Capó - Munay

  • Reik - Ahora

Favorite Song - Pop / Canción Favorita - Pop

  • Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

  • Camilo – “Favorito”

  • Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”

  • Ricky Martin – “Tiburones”

  • WINNER: Shakira & Anuel AA – “Me Gusta”

Karol G arrives at the Latin American Music Awards at the BB&T Center on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez)
Karol G arrives at the Latin American Music Awards at the BB&T Center on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez)

Collaboration of the Year / Colaboración del Año

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”

  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”

  • WINNER: Karol G, Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

  • Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”

  • Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”

  • Reik, Farruko, Camilo – “Si Me Dices Que Sí”

Social Artist of the Year / Artista Social del Año

  • Anitta

  • Bad Bunny

  • WINNER: Cardi B

  • Daddy Yankee

  • J Balvin

  • Jennifer Lopez

  • Karol G

  • Lali

  • Selena Gomez

  • Shakira

Favorite Video / Video Favorito

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg– “Qué Maldición”

  • Christian Nodal & Ángela Aguilar – “Dime Cómo Quieres”

  • David Bisbal & Carrie Underwood – “Tears Of Gold”

  • Ozuna, Doja Cat & Sia – “Del Mar”

  • Rosalía & Travis Scott – “TKN”

  • WINNER: Selena Gomez – “De Una Vez”

Favorite Virtual Concert / Concierto Virtual Favorito

  • Alejandro Sanz y Juanes – “#LaGiraSeQuedaEnCasa”

  • Carlos Vives – “#NoTeVayasDeTuCasa”

  • Juan Luis Guerra – “Privé”

  • Juanes & Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá – “Concierto Sinfónico Virtual - #VolverteAVer”

  • Marco Antonio Solís – “Serenata a las Madres MÁS En-Cantadoras"

  • Ozuna – “#Latinosunidos”

  • Pepe Aguilar, Ángela Aguilar, Leonardo Aguilar – “Mexicano Hasta Los Huesos”

  • WINNER: RBD – “Ser o Parecer 2020”

  • Sebastián Yatra – “SOSFest”

  • Yandel – “Goodbye 2020"

Favorite Artist - Urban / Artista Favorito - Urbano

  • Anuel AA

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny

  • J Balvin

  • Karol G

Favorite Album - Urban / Álbum Favorito - Urbano

  • Anuel AA – Emmanuel

  • WINNER: Bad Bunny – Las Que No Iban a Salir

  • J Balvin – Colores

Favorite Song - Urban / Canción Favorita - Urbano

  • Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

  • Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin – “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”

  • WINNER: Karol G & Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

  • Maluma & The Weeknd – “Hawái”

  • Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers – “Caramelo”

Favorite Artist - Tropical / Artista Favorito – Tropical

  • Marc Anthony

  • WINNER: Prince Royce

  • WINNER: Romeo Santos

  • Silvestre Dangond

Favorite Album - Tropical / Álbum Favorito – Tropical

  • Carlos Vives – Cumbiana

  • Gloria Estefan – Brazil305

  • WINNER: Prince Royce – Alter Ego

Favorite Song - Tropical / Canción Favorita – Tropical

  • Alex Bueno & Romeo Santos – “Nuestro Amor”

  • Carlos Vives – “No Te Vayas”

  • Kyen?Es? – “El Carnaval de Celia: A Tribute”

  • WINNER: Prince Royce – “Carita de Inocente”

  • Víctor Manuelle & Wisin – “Boogaloo Supreme”

Prince Royce arrives at the Latin American Music Awards at the BB&T Center on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez) ORG XMIT: FLDC492
Prince Royce arrives at the Latin American Music Awards at the BB&T Center on Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez) ORG XMIT: FLDC492

Favorite Artist - Crossover / Artista Favorito – Crossover

  • Black Eyed Peas

  • WINNER: Dua Lipa

  • Ne-Yo

  • Snoop Dogg

  • The Weeknd

Favorite Solo Artist - Regional Mexican / Artista Favorito Solo - Regional Mexicano

  • Carin Leon

  • WINNER: Christian Nodal

  • El Fantasma

  • Junior H

  • Lenin Ramírez

  • Natanael Cano

Regional Mexican, Favorite Duo or Group / Regional Mexicano Dúo o Grupo Favorito

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

  • WINNER: Eslabon Armado

  • Los Ángeles Azules

  • Los Dos Carnales

Favorite Album - Regional Mexican / Álbum Favorito - Regional Mexicano

  • WINNER: Christian Nodal – Ayayay!

  • Eslabon Armado – Tu Veneno Mortal

  • Junior H – Atrapado En Un Sueño

  • Natanael Cano – Corridos Tumbados

Favorite Song - Regional Mexican / Canción Favorita - Regional Mexicano

  • Banda Los Sebastianes de Mazatlán, Sinaloa – “En Eso No Quedamos”

  • Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga & Snoop Dogg – “Qué Maldición”

  • Lenin Ramírez featuring Grupo Firme – “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo”

  • Los Dos Carnales – “El Envidioso”

  • WINNER: Natanael Cano – “Amor Tumbado”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Latin American Music Awards 2021 biggest winners: Bad Bunny, Karol G