Pop songstress Shakira won six awards and reggaeton pacesetter Daddy Yankee took home three at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday night.
Shakira’s album “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1” (Oral Fixation Vol. 1), which was released in both Spanish and English, won female Latin pop album of the year. The album’s top song, a sexy duet with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz called “La Tortura” (The Torture), won four other awards, including hot Latin song of the year.
The Colombian crossover star’s voice was nearly drowned out by the cheering audience when she received the award for female Latin pop album.
“Wow. Thank you. This is for all of you, my fans, who have been accompanying me, understanding and protecting me all these years,” she said.
Later, Shakira, wearing a sparkling blue bikini top and red-and-white skirt, unleashed her trademark hip-wiggle as she danced and sang alongside Wyclef Jean on their pulsing collaboration “Hips Don’t Lie.”
The performance kept with the theme of these awards over the years: mix Latin acts with performances with crossover appeal.
Shakira also won the Spirit of Hope Award, in honor of the 29-year-old’s work to improve living conditions for Colombian children through her charitable organization, Fundacion Piez Descalzos (Bare Feet Foundation). Four children from her foundation surprised her on stage and gave her the award.
Sanz’s collaboration with Shakira netted him four awards. Colombian rocker Juanes — a big winner the past few years — won three. Dominican bachata singer Andy Andy and good-looking Mexican pop group RBD also won three times.