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"Premios Juventud" Youth Awards Celebrate 10th Birthday with Spectacular Beach Party Featuring Sand, Boats, Palm Trees, Fireworks, and Dozens of Latin Superstars on Stage

July 18, 2013

YellowBrix

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull bring down the house with a one-of-a-kind opening number

Prince Royce is the big winner of the night

Several new songs make their television debut, including singles from Jencarlos Canela, Maite Perroni, Prince Royce, Ricky Martin, Pee Wee, and Yandel

Jennifer Lopez is honored with special Icon Award;

Eugenio Derbez receives Supernova Award

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Univision's "Premios Juventud" (Youth Awards) celebrated its tenth birthday tonight with a party in the hottest South Beach style--with sand, palm trees, sailboards, boats, campfires, a lighthouse, fireworks, and even an onstage swimming pool where superstars Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull took an unexpected dip. The most original and unconventional awards show on Spanish-language television presented awards in 27 unique categories within five areas: Music, Movies, Novelas, Sports, and Pop Culture; the biggest winner of the night was Prince Royce.

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull jumpstarted the "Premios Juventud" beach bash performing a live medley of their blowout hits "On the Floor," "Dance Again," "Live It Up," and "Don't Stop the Party" in a truly unforgettable production featuring 46 dancers and aerial acrobats, drums, an impressive laser light show and nonstop rhythm. After a grand opening featuring Lopez inside a bird cage and Pitbull appearing on top of a silver jungle gym, the explosive duo had the audience on its feet jumping and cheering with their electrifying dance moves.

This vibrant opening number brought down the house and set the ultra-festive mood for the rest of the night, during which the lineup of stellar performances ran the gamut from sensual bachatas to Regional Mexican, salsa, electronic dance tunes, pop ballads and much more. Among the internationally famous Latin music recording artists who performed live on the "Premios Juventud" tonight were Chino y Nacho, DJ Chino featuring Fito Blanko and Papayo, El Dasa, J Alvarez, J Balvin, Larry Hernandez, Leslie Grace, Lucero, Marc Anthony, Marconi with Eiza Gonzalez, N'Klabe, Thalia, and Victor Manuelle ft. Gocho. Additionally, the show featured an inspiring segment with up-and-coming young artists Abraham Mateo, Becky G, and Kevin Ortiz, whose impressive musical talent bodes future stardom.

In a "Premios Juventud" exclusive, six Latin music stars performed the U.S. television premieres of their newest singles. Ricky Martin drove the crowd wild with his signature sexy moves in the worldwide preview of his "Spanglish" version of "Come With Me" amid a state-of-the-art lights show; Prince Royce wooed the audience with "Darte un Beso" against a romantic Caribbean backdrop; Jencarlos Canela debuted "I Love It" in a festive pool party setting; Maite Perroni surprised viewers with the new bachata tune "Tu y Yo," giving an unexpected twist to her pop career; Pee Wee debuted the romantic ballad "Duele Decirte Adios"; and Yandel, part of the super popular reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel, made a rare appearance alone on "Premios Juventud" to close the show with his new solo single, "Hable de Ti," in a sensational number that began with him rappelling down to the stage from a giant light-filled Y.

During the three-hour telecast, an impressive number of celebrities from the world of Hispanic entertainment were on hand to present the awards. Prince Royce topped the list of winners, getting five awards in Music categories that range from Red Hot Artist and Catchiest Tune to My Favorite Video. He was followed by the late "Queen of Banda," Jenni Rivera, who received four awards, including My Regional Mexican Artist and My Ringtone. Among other winners were Bruno Mars and Jesse & Joy, with two statuettes each, plus Blanca Soto, Marconi, Mana, Shakira, Pitbull, and many others in a diverse range of categories. All winners were chosen by fans who voted online and on mobile via www.PremiosJuventud.com.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the "Premio Icono Mundial" (Icon Award) to Jennifer Lopez. The special award pays tribute to outstanding artists of Hispanic descent who have achieved global fame. This was only the second time that the award was given at "Premios Juventud"; the previous recipient was Marc Anthony. Lopez also took home a second award tonight for the Movies category, She Steals the Show.

In addition, Mexican comedic actor Eugenio Derbez was honored with the prestigious "Supernova Award" in recognition of his distinguished and wide-reaching career. Past recipients of the "Supernova" award include Fernando Colunga, Shakira, Mana, Ricardo Arjona, Chayanne, and Antonio Banderas.

For the first time ever this year, "Premios Juventud" fans voted for the 2013 Summer Song online and via Twitter, which will become the official theme of the Univision Network's summer on-air promotions. The winner was "I Love It" by Jencarlos Canela.

Prior to the awards ceremony, Univision celebrities Alejandra Espinoza, Rodner Figueroa and Carlos Calderon, joined by pop sensation and star of the hit telenovela "Amores Verdaderos," Eiza Gonzalez, covered the arrival of all the celebrity guests as they made their way towards the "Premios Juventud" show. This year's pre-show theme featured a festive strip of arcades, shops and restaurants along a colorful beach boardwalk where Angel & Khris performed their contagious summer feel single "My Corazon."

Fans were able to join in on the beach fun via unique social media integrations. Alejandra Espinoza, also the official "Premios Juventud" social media host, brought fans closer to the action direct from the Social Media Lounge and "Premios Juventud" beach style social media wall featuring the evening's trending artist and hottest topics. Additionally and unique to Univision, viewers chose their Best Dressed celebrities of the evening via a REAL-TIME Twitter vote.

Additional social plays included a Twitter Mirror, where winners posed for a special picture on the boardwalk and backstage that they then tweeted out to fans. Chino y Nacho served as the evening's celebrity insider team photodocumenting exclusive content on Instagram and Facebook. Fan Twitter questions were also asked throughout the evening to celebrities on the carpet and shoutouts were broadcast on-screen in support of fan favorites. This year, fans were able to Tweet "Truth or Dares" for their favorite celebrities and select Q&As were presented during rehearsals this week.

Mashable's Associate Entertainment Editor Brian Hernandez was on-site equipped with the newest reporting technologies providing fans at home with unprecedented access to the show and their favorite celebrities.

Fans can relive the excitement of the show on PremiosJuventud.com, with the recaps of best moments, complete winners list, and vote for their red carpet favorites. Users can also view full performances of all of tonight's musical acts on the site and the UVideos app, including the stellar opening number by JLo and Pitbull, full analysis of the best and worst of the red carpet on El Fashionometro, and behind the scenes moments not seen on TV. The dedicated Premios Juventud Channel is also LIVE on the brand new Uforia music app - featuring the biggest and most popular artists and nominated songs from this year.

"PREMIOS JUVENTUD" 2013 COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

MOVIES CATEGORY:

Que Actorazo! (Best Actor): Antonio Banderas

Actriz Que se Roba la Pantalla (She Steals the Show): Jennifer Lopez

Pelicula Mas Padre (Favorite Flick): "Girl in Progress"

NOVELAS CATEGORY:

Esta Buenisimo! (He's so HOT!): Sebastian Rulli (Amores Verdaderos)

Chica Que Me Quita El Sueno (Girl of My Dreams): Blanca Soto (Porque el Amor Manda)

Mejor Tema Novelero (Best Novela Theme Song): "Me Puedes Pedir lo que Sea" - Marconi ft. Eiza Gonzalez (Amores Verdaderos)

MUSIC CATEGORY:

La Combinacion Perfecta (The Perfect Combo): "Llorar" - Jesse & Joy ft. Mario Domm

Que Rico Que Se Mueve! (Best Moves): Shakira

Voz del Momento (Red Hot Artist): Prince Royce

La Mas Pegajosa (Catchiest Tune): "Incondicional" - Prince Royce

Lo Toco Todo (Just Play It All): "Phase II" - Prince Royce

Mi Video Favorito (My Favorite Video): "Incondicional" - Prince Royce

El Super Tour (The Super Tour): "Mi Despedida Tour" - Vicente Fernandez

Cancion Corta-Venas (Heart-Wrenching Song): "Llorar" - Jesse & Joy ft. Mario Domm

Mi Ringtone (My Ringtone): "La Misma Gran Senora" - Jenni Rivera

Favorite Hitmaker: Bruno Mars

Favorite Hit: "When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars

Mi Artista Pop (My Pop Artist): Jenni Rivera

Mi Artista Regional Mexicano (My Regional Mexican Artist): Jenni Rivera

Mi Artista de Rock (My Rock Artist): Mana

Mi Artista Tropical (My Tropical Artist): Prince Royce

Mi Artista Urbano (My Urban Artist): Pitbull

Revelacion del Ano (Best New Young Artist): Kevin Ortiz

POP CATEGORY:

Siganme los Buenos (Follow Me): Jenni Rivera

Mi DJ Favorito (My Favorite DJ): Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo

SPORTS CATEGORY:

Deportista de Alto Voltaje (Most Electrifying Athlete): Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez

La Nueva Promesa (Promising New Player): Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo

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About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households; UniMas, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 89% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings - De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company's platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive, a network of products and offerings including Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Movil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net

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