Maluma Wins His First-Ever Moon Person Prize at This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards

Maluma is officially over the Moon (person)

The 26-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter, who recently released his surprise new album Papi Juancho, won his first-ever Moon Person trophy at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.

Maluma

During this year’s socially distanced and COVID-19-compliant awards ceremony, Maluma and J Balvin picked up the Best Latin award for their hit collaboration “Que Pena.” It’s J Balvin’s fifth MTV VMAs trophy, and his third straight in the Best Latin category.

Maluma, who performed during this year’s VMAs ceremony, had previously been nominated three times in the Best Latin category.

But Maluma wasn’t the only Latinx act with reason to celebrate…

CNCO picked up their first MTV Video Music Awards prize.

The Latin boy band, a Push Artist of the Year nominee at last year’s ceremony, won in the Best Quarantine Performance category for their “MTV Unplugged at Home” at-home concert earlier this year. The performance featured the songs “De Cero” and “Honey Boo.”

Airing live on MTV and simulcast on The CW and other ViacomCBS brands, the 37th annual ceremony was hosted by Keke Palmer with performances by Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and others. Shot in the various boroughs of New York City, the ceremony was an homage to the city and its resilience.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Video of the Year: The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records
Best Art Direction: Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Art Direction by Christian Stone
Best Editing: Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – RCA Records – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico
Best Cinematography: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss
Best Quarantine Performance: CNCO – Unplugged At Home
Best Choreography: BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun
Best Visual Effects: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios
Best Rock: Coldplay – “Orphans” – Atlantic Records
Push Best New Artist: Doja Cat – Kemosabe / RCA Records
Best Hip-Hop: Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage” – 300 Entertainment
Tricon Award: Lady Gaga
Video for Good: H.E.R. – ”I Can’t Breathe” – MBK / RCA Records
Artist of the Year: Lady Gaga – Streamline / Interscope Records
Best R&B: The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – XO / Republic Records
Best Pop: BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment
Best Music Video from Home: Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” – Republic Records / Def Jam
Song of the Year: Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Streamline / Interscope Records
Best Latin: Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena” – Sony Music Latin
Best Direction: Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Republic Records – Directed by Taylor Swift
Best Collaboration: Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U” – Republic Records / Def Jam
Best K-Pop: BTS – “On” – Big Hit Entertainment
Best Group: BTS
Best Alternative: Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine” – Bad Boy / Interscope Records
Song of the Summer:
BLACKPINK “How You Like That”

CNCO Debuts New Single “Beso” During First-Ever MTV Video Music Awards Main Show Performance

It’s a special first for CNCO

The Latin boy band brought their signature style and flare as they live-debuted their new single “Beso” at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

CNCO, MTV VMAs

It’s the first time CNCO has performed on the big show. The band had previously performed their single “De Cero” on the red carpet during the MTV VMAs pre-show last year.

CNCO, which was formed during the first season of La Banda, began their set while singing in — and on top of — parked cars at Brooklyn’s Skyline Drive-In, the same place Maluma had performed earlier in the night.

Busting out their best dance moves, the band got the socially distanced crowd hyped as they delivered the first public performance of their new song “Beso.”

Getting as close to the crowd as they could, the band members later moved to the main stage, then danced their way to a second stage in the middle of the venue, where one member was flipped around by his bandmates after fireworks went off in the background.

“We are super excited to be performing at the VMA’s this year,” said CNCO members Christopher Velez, Richard Camacho, Joel Pimentel, Erick Brian Colon and Joel Pimentel prior to the show. “It means so much that we’re able to share our culture with the world. It makes it even better that this year that after not being able to perform for so long, Toyota is giving us the chance to not only do that, but do it in front of our fans. There’s nothing like it, and we can’t wait!”

This year, CNCO is nominated for three VMAs, including Best Quarantine Performance, Best Choreography for “Honey Boo” and Best Group

Maluma Performs “Hawai’ at the Skyline Drive-In During the MTV Video Music Awards

The Skyline’s the limit for Maluma

The 26-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter brightened up the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night with his performance from the Skyline Drive-In in New York City.

Maluma, MTV VMAs

Performing from the Greenpoint, Brooklyn waterfront, Maluma opened his epic, socially-distanced number while sitting on top of a motorcycle and wearing a sunny yellow suit.

With a glittery moon backdrop — and the shimmering water — behind him, Maluma shined bright during his rendition of “Hawai.”

Surrounded by backup dancers in coordinating yellow outfits, Maluma performed to a distanced audience watching from their cars. He capped off the set with an explosion of fireworks.

It was Maluma’s second time performing at the MTV VMAs. He first appeared on the awards show in 2018, performing his hit single “Felices Los 4.”

Maluma Releases Surprise New Album “Papi Juancho”

Maluma’s earning extra papi points…

The 26-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter has surprised the world with the release of his latest album, Papi Juancho, which was released at midnight on August 21.

Maluma

Maluma, who was recently named to Variety’s Power of Your Hollywood list, recorded most of the set during the COVID-19-imposed lockdown with his longtime producer collaborators and co-writers The Rude Boyz (Kevin ADG and Chan “El Genio”).

“All I could do during lockdown in Medellin was work alone in my studio,” Maluma told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “That’s why this album has so much of my true essence; because I did so much of it alone.”

Papi Juancho, a title that plays off of Maluma’s nickname of “Juancho” (short for Juan Luis), features a handful of duets with old and new school reggaetón stars, from Ñejo y Dálmata to Myke Towers and Yandel. But the bulk of the songs are pure Maluma, ranging from romantic to raunchy street, experimenting with new, acoustic sounds and, as usual, boasting deceptively simple lyrics that evoke conversations with friends.

The 22-track album has plenty of hits, as well as a few hidden gems, like the must-hear tracks “Medallo City,” “Hawái,the first single release off the album, “Vete Vete,”featuring Ñejo y Dalmata, and “Madrid.”

https://open.spotify.com/album/0p2yf6DucEgvj8Uk8KXJJv?si=tg3n6ewQQl6oxyC5BfIEWQ

Maluma will perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Kenny Ortega Signs with A3 Artists Agency

Kenny Ortega has new representation…

The 70-year-old Spanish American prolific director, choreographer and producer has signed with A3 Artists Agency.

Kenny Ortega

Ortega earned a Primetime Emmy for choreography and a DGA Award for his work on the Disney Channel’s High School Musical.

High School Musical 2 drew over 17 million viewers when it premiered on Disney Channel, making it the most watched program in cable telecast history. He’s also the executive producer for the film’s soundtracks.

Disney’s High School Musical 3, which made the leap from television to the big screen, opened to $42M at the domestic B.O., marking the biggest theatrical box office opening for a musical in history. The film earned more than $252M globally off an $11M budget.

Ortega directed and choreographed the Descendants trilogy, Newsies, and Hocus Pocus, and choreographed classic films like Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Pretty in Pink, among others.

Other recent work includes A Change of Heart, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again for Fox and The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Special for Freeform.

On September 10, Netflix will release Ortega’s next directorial project Julie and the Phantoms, a family musical comedy based on a Brazilian television series.

It’s the first title under Ortega’s new multi-year deal with Netflix. He’s also set to direct and produce a feature musical adaptation of Elise Primavera’s book series Auntie Claus, under the pact.

In addition to his Emmy for High School Musical, Ortega earned two others for choreography and variety/music/comedy program direction for the XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Last year he received the prestigious Disney Legends Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His other honors include The Fred & Adele Astaire Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Fosse Award, American Choreography Lifetime Achievement Award, MTV Video Music Award, American Music Award, among many others.

Maluma to Perform on This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards

Maluma is preparing for the big show…

The 26-year-old Colombia singer has been added to the performers list for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Maluma

Maluma, nominated in the Best Latin category for his J Balvin collaboration “Que Pena,” joins a roster of additional performers that includes The Weeknd, Roddy Rich and Latin boy band CNCO, their first-ever time performing on the awards show.

It’ll be Maluma’s second time performing on the MTV VMAs. He performed “Felices los 4” on the 2018 show. It’ll be CNCO’s first performance on the show.

Maluma won a Latin Grammy for best contemporary pop vocal album in 2018 for F.A.M.E. He was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for best Latin pop album for 11:11.

J Balvin, the most-nominated Latino this year, BTS and Doja Cat were announced as performers last week.

The August 30 show, to be hosted by Keke Palmer, will be held at various outdoor sites in New York, rather than at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as originally planned. MTV is saying the show “will pay homage to New York with outdoor performances around the city.”

This will be the second year in a row that the VMAs will have multiple Latin performances. Last year, J Balvin teamed with Bad Bunny to perform “Qué Pretendes,” and Rosalía teamed with Ozuna to perform three songs — “A Ningún Hombre,” “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” and “Aute Cuture.” It’s a strong suggestion that Latin music is becoming a more

Additional performers to be announced soon.

J Balvin to Perform at This Year’s MTV Video Music Awards

J Balvin is taking the VMA stage…

The 35-year-old Colombian reggaeton singer is among the handful of performers for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

J Balvin

Balvin leads the pack of Latino/a nominees this year with four nods, including Best Collaboration for his Black Eyed Peas team-up “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life).”

Other performers include BTS, taking the MTV VMAs stage for the first time ever to perform their new English-only single “Dynamite,” and “Say So” singer Doja Cat.

More performers for the annual awards show will be announced as the ceremony approaches.

The 2020 MTV VMAs  will air on Sunday, August 30 on MTV.

Cardi B to Appear in The Late Late Show’s Latest “Carpool Karaoke” Segment with James Corden

Cardi B is hitting the carpool (karaoke)lane…

The 26-year-old half-Dominican rap superstar is set to appear on The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with host James Corden, scheduled to air this Monday, December 17.

Cardi B

The unlikely duo drive around Los Angeles, pausing briefly for a parking lesson for the Bronx-born rapper.

Cardi B was a regular cast member on the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New YorkHer “I Like It” single was the first by a female rapper to have multiple No. 1 songs on the charts, and she also scored a similarly lofty perch with her Maroon 5 collaboration, “Girls Like You.”

Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

She’s had three No. 1 singles, seven Grammy nominations, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, nine BET Hip-Hop Awards, and a Billboard Music Award.

Jennifer Lopez’s Music Sees Significant Sales Gain Following Her Performance at the MTV Video Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez is making dinero after the MTV VMAs

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards yielded significant sales gains for the songs performed on the August 20 broadcast, according to Nielsen Music, including the music of the 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar.

Jennifer Lopez

In the week ending August 23, the collected tunes performed on the show — excluding recently released tracks — earned a 41 percent sales gain in download sales in the U.S., rising to 112,000 sold (up from 79,000 in the frame ending Aug. 16).

JLo was a big winner, courtesy of her 10-minute medley of hits. The recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (as well as Best Collaboration for “Dinero,” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B) treated the audience to a lavish 12-song performance. The dozen tunes collectively earned a 150 percent sales increase (rising to 13,000 sold – up from 5,000).

Some of the new and developing acts that MTV showcased during the broadcast in shorter performances (as part of their Push Artist to Watch performance slots) also cashed in. Jessie Reyez’s “Apple Juice” scored a 753 percent sales gain, climbing to a little more than a 1,000 sold (up from a negligible figure), Hayley Kiyoko’s “Curious” jumped 181 percent (to a little less than 1,000) and Bazzi’s “Beautiful” bounced up 27 percent (to 5,000).

Camila Cabello Takes Home Top Prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards

Camila Cabello is Havana moment…

The 21-year-old Cuban and Mexican singer was the night’s big winner at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, taking home the top prizes of the night… Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.

Camila Cabello

Cabello won the Video of the Year award for the official clip to her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single, “Havana.” She’s only the second Latin artist to win the coveted Video of the Year prize, behind Christina Aguilera, who won the award in 2001 for her “Lady Marmalade” collaboration with Lil’ Kim, Mýa and P!nk (featuring Missy Elliott).

With the wins, Cabello, who’d previously earned four Moon Men as a member of Fifth Harmony, claimed her first two trophies as a solo artist.

But Cabello wasn’t the only Latin artist to win…

Cardi B, who entered the night with a leading 10 nominations, picked up three Moon Men—the first of her career.

The 25-year Dominican American rap sensation was named Best New Artist. She also picked up the award for Song of the Summer for “I Like It,” her chart-topping collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, as well as Best Collaboration for her single with Jennifer Lopez, “Dinero.”

J Balvin took home his first Moon Man as well…

In addition to his shared prize with Cardi B for Song of the Summer, the 33-year-old Colombian singer took home the trophy for Best Latin Video for his collaboration with Willy William, “Mi Gente.”

Meanwhile, JLo, already a winner with Cardi B, was honored with the Video Vanguard Award and delivered a high octane performance of her current and past hits to remind us that she’s still Jenny from the Block.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Video of the Year
 Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”
Best Video With a Message Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Best Collaboration
 Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”
Best New Artist
 Cardi B
Artist of the Year
 Camila Cabello
Best Rock Video
 Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Best Dance Video 
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Best Latin Video J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”
Song of the Year
 Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “Rockstar”
Best Direction
 Childish Gambino – “This Is America”, Directed by Hiro Murai
Best Art Direction
 The Carters – “APES**T”, Art Direction by Jan Houlevigue
Best Visual Effects 
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”, Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF Paris
Best Editing
 N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”, Editing by Taylor Ward
Best Cinematography The Carters – “APES**T”, Cinematography by Benoit Debie
Best Choreography Childish Gambino – “This Is America”, Choreography by Sherrie Silver
Best Pop Video
 Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left To Cry”
Best Hip Hop Video
 Nicki Minaj – “Chun Li”
Push Artist of the Year
 Hayley Kiyoko
Song of Summer
 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”