Record-Breaking 'Despacito' Wins 2 Awards at the AMAs
Last night, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee proved one again the mass appeal of Spanish-language music with summer hit “Despacito.” The track, which sat on the Billboard‘s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, making history as the longest running No. 1 song since Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 “One Sweet Day,” took home two awards at the 2017 American Music Awards, which aired live on Nov. 19.
The megahit won for “Best Collaboration of the Year,”and “Favorite Song – Pop/Rock.” It was also nominated for “Video of the Year,” but Bruno Mars took that trophy home for “That’s What I Like.”
Fonsi, who wasn’t there to accept the award, made his acceptance speech via video: “This award for collaboration of the year, I have to thank a lot of people who were involved with ‘Despacito.’ First, Daddy Yankee and next, Justin Bieber for the remix,” the Latin singer said. “It’s been an amazing ride. Thank you guys so much for this award. Thank you AMAs. This award goes out to my beautiful island of Puerto Rico.”
The song, whose music video generated the most views on YouTube of all time, seems to have laid the groundwork for the ascent of several Latin artists this year. After “Despacito’s” staggering success, Demi Lovato collaborated with Fonsi on newly released Spanish-language track “Échame La Culpa” and Camila Cabello worked with Yankee on a Spanish remix of her hit “Havana.” Even Beyoncé got her Spanish groove on earlier this year when she partnered with J. Balvin for the remix of “Mi Gente.”