Miami – American singer-songwriter Prince Royce was the big winner at Univision Network's Premios Juventud awards extravaganza, taking prizes in four categories.
In online voting at the Web site of the United States' biggest Spanish-language network, which produced and broadcast Thursday night's event live from the University of Miami's BankUnited Center, Prince Royce won in the Red Hot Artist, My Favorite Video (for "Corazon sin Cara"), The Super Tour and My Tropical Artist categories.
The 8th edition of the awards show kicked off with a high-energy duet by Prince Royce and Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, who performed the latter's new hit single "Ven conmigo" on a stage with a "retro-space" design and accompanied by more than 1,200 dancers and fans and a spectacular laser-light show.
That was only the beginning of a star-studded evening that, according to Univision, featured an "unprecedented number of worldwide premieres," among them Spanish singer-songwriter Natalia Jimenez's performance of her first single as a solo artist, "Por Ser Tu Mujer."
The first prize of the night was awarded to American rapper Pitbull, who took the My Ringtone trophy for "Bon Bon." He later captured honors in the Catchiest Tune ("Bon Bon") and My Urban Artist categories.
In another of the highlights of the evening, Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin presented Spanish actor Antonio Banderas with the Supernova prize in recognition of his work as an idol for Latin American youth.
Colombian superstar Shakira was the winner in the Best Moves category and made an appearance via Skype to thank her fans for their votes and her home city of Barranquilla for teaching her to dance.
Martin, who won the Follow Me prize for his connection with fans on social-networking sites, and Shakira had received the most nominations but in the end came away with just one award each.
The night of worldwide premieres came to a close with Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel debuting their new single "Tu Olor."
According to Univision, the Premios Juventud (Youth Awards) celebrate the "preferences of today's Hispanic youth" in the fields of pop culture, film, music, sports and novelas (soap operas).