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The 2022 Premios Juventud took place Thursday (July 21) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The annual event celebrates the trendiest artist in Latin entertainment, with this year’s edition — the nineteenth — hosted by bachata crooner Prince Royce, Grupo Firme‘s Eduin Caz, Mexican pop star Danna Paola, and Dominican TV personality Clarissa Molina. It was broadcast live from Choliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, via Univision.
The night was powered by performances by Royce, Daddy Yankee, CNCO — who surprised fans by announcing they are breaking up — Paola and J Balvin, who closed the 19th annual Premios Juventud with a medley of his biggest hits such as “6AM,” “Reggaeton” and “Ay Vamos.”
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This year, 10 new categories were added: female artist – on the rise, male artist – on the rise, my favorite actor, my favorite actress, best onscreen couple, my favorite streaming artist, best couple song, tropical hit, the best beatmakers, and best fandom. For Premios Juventud, the winners are determined by fan votes.
Balvin was the Agent of Change Award recipient at this year’s ceremony. The Colombian singer took the stage to accept the honor and give a heartfelt speech. “The love in Puerto Rico feels awesome,” he began. “Thanks for the vibe, always. Music is a medium to connect with people, the youth, with everyone that follows us. But, it’s ok not always to feel good. There are moments when we’re in darkness but, at the end of the day, the light returns.”
Below, see more of Latin music’s biggest stars as they arrived for the ceremony.