There was a lot of tongue action during the eighth annual Los Premios MTV on Thursday night. And just to clarify, I’m referring to the pink “lengua” statuettes that are given to winners—shame on you for thinking otherwise! Co-hosted by Calle 13’s outspoken Residente and Portuguese songstress Nelly Furtado, the main ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles and featured performances from award shows prerecorded in three rocking Latin American capitals: Mexico City, Bogotá and Buenos Aires.
As expected, one of the biggest winners was Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel, who received six noms and walked away with Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “Abusadora.” The reggaetoneros promised listeners a revolution with their album La Revolución and are delivering. They thanked their non-Spanish speaking cohort 50 Cent for believing in them. The rapper has been rooting for the guys ever since collaborating with them on the hit “Mujeres in the Club,” which the “trio” performed last night. Before trophies were handed out, 50 even told MTV News, “They deserve it. There’s nothing bigger and nothing better out.” That’s quite a plug.
Mexico as a whole scored high with a number of acts walking away with tongue in hand. La Chica Dorada Paulina Rubio, who has been churning out music for 20 years, won for Best Soloist, and later hit the stage with Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta to sing “Good Girls Go Bad” and “Ni Rosas, Ni Juguetes.” Monterrey alt-rock quartet Panda, whose Poetics album recently went Gold in their home country, snagged three wagging “lenguas” for Best Group or Duo, Best Artist North and Best Alternative Artist. Reik went home as Best Pop Artist and Zoe as Best Rock Artist. And most exciting of all, the award for Legend was presented to Café Tacuba by British legend (and fan) Morrissey. ¡Que Viva Mexico, indeed!
A special white tongue for Agent of Change was given to Shakira for her work in favor of children. “I’m proud to be in my country,” enthused the pop star before performing “La Loba” from the Colombian capital. And speaking of social change, Residente took it upon himself to get political by parading a few different t-shirts with messages, like “Chavez for best pop artist,” and calling Puerto Rico’s governor Luis Fortuño an “hijo de la gran p@%$” because of the layoffs on the island. Oh what a night!
Here’s a complete list of all the winners:
Artist of the Year: Wisin & Yandel
Video of the Year: Wisin & Yandel's "Abusadora”
Song of the Year: Lady GaGa's "Poker Face"
Best Solo Artist: Paulina Rubio
Best Group or Duet: Panda
Best Pop Artist: Reik
Best Rock Artist: Zoe
Best Alternative Artist: Panda
Best Urban Artist: Calle 13
Best International Pop Artist: Jonas Brothers
Best International Rock Artist: Green Day
Best New International Artist: Lady GaGa
Best Artist - North: Panda
Best New Artist - North: Paty Cantu
Best Artist - Central: Don Tetto
Best New Artist - Central: Adammo
Best Artist - South: Miranda!
Best New Artist - South: Lilo Molina
Best MTV Tr3s Artist: Da' Zoo
Breakthrough Artist: Sonohra
"La Zona" Award: Hello Seahorse!
Fashionista Award - Female: Hayley Williams from Paramore
Fashionista Award - Male: Nick Jonas from Jonas Brothers
Best Fan Club: Britney Spears
Best Video Game Soundtrack: "Rock Band" - Green Day Pack
Best Ringtone: Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold"