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Daddy Yankee Named MTV's Best Latino Artist

September 6, 2013

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

Daddy Yankee



The music business saw plenty of Hispanic entertainers at the annual MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25, like Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, Naya Rivera and Miguel, but fans were still waiting to hear who took home the Best Latino Artist of 2013 award.

Well, that wait is over, and the winner is -- Daddy Yankee. The Latino artist beat out Alejandro Sanz, Don Omar, Jesse & Joy, and Pitbull.

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee was born Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez. He is a reggaeton songwriter and recording artist and has worked with such acts as NAS and DJ Tony Touch.

His albums "El Cartel de Yankee," "El Cartel de Yankee II," El Cangri.com" and "Los Home-runes" have received platinum status, according to MTV.com. On his 2004 album, "Barrio Fino," he was able to collaborate with Puerto Rico's legendary salsa singer Andy Montanez.

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His latest album, "Prestige," his sixth studio album and 11th overall, was released in September 2012. The album's lead single was "Ven Conmigo," featuring Prince Royce, released in April 2011.

Here are some Daddy Yankee videos, to prove this was a solid pick:
















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