In an impressive evening during Spanish-language TV’s longest-running, most popular musical celebration in the U.S., “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina” 2017 celebrated unity through the power of music for an unforgettable night for fans and artists alike. With the most live performances ever, the show aired from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL on Thursday, February 23 after a display of beautiful gowns and well-groomed gentlemen at the Magenta Carpet.

Gente de Zona set the mood with their hyper-reality street scene to kick off the party with a medley of their top hits. The Cuban duo did not leave the party empty handed, taking home three awards including Album of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year and Tropical Album of the Year.

Also leaving as big winners were the iconic Carlos Vives and Shakira, winning three awards including Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Tropical Song of the Year. Plus, the winning band from season one of Univision’s “La Banda,” CNCO, made some noise returning to the PLN stage with their first-time nominations to take three of the five awards in the Pop/Rock Category for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year. Other multiple winners of the evening included Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga (2), Maluma (2), Julión Álvarez (2), and J Balvin (2).

“The Bachata King” Romeo Santos was clearly moved after receiving the “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Excelencia” award for his contributions made throughout the years to Latin music. Santos later put on a soaring performance for the worldwide television premiere of his new single “Héroe Favorito.”

One of the evening’s show-stopping moments was when Ricky Martin took the stage one last time before kicking off his Las Vegas residency, giving the PLN audience a preview of his modern artistic performance, and had everyone on their feet.

Gracing the stage as the recipient of the “Premio a la Trayectoria” career award was co-host of “El Gordo y La Flaca” Lili Estefan. In one of the night’s more poignant moments, award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos characterized how the real win of the night was coming together as Latinos, as people, to recognize how our power grows in numbers and our voice strengthens in unity.

Throughout the evening, artists and fans united through the power of music. Wisin, alongside Zion y Lennox and Tito El Bambino, energized the house performing “Vacaciones.” Popular favorites Thalía and De la Ghetto came together from different musical genres for a lively performance. Julión Álvarez performed “Afuera esta Lloviendo” with a live banda. Ricardo Montaner had everyone hashtagging #TBT with his throwback moment singing “Me Va a Extranar” featuring Julión Álvarez .

The epic moments did not stop there with additional electrifying numbers by Juanes, Carlos Vives, Gerardo Ortiz, J Balvin, Jesse y Joy, Lucero, Prince Royce and Reik.

The complete list of “Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina” 2017 winners:

GENERAL CATEGORY

“Premio Lo Nuestro” Artist of the Year: J Balvin

Video of the Year: “La Bicicleta” (Carlos Vives, Shakira)

Album of the Year: “Visualízate” (Gente de Zona)

Single of the Year: “La Bicicleta” (Carlos Vives, Shakira)

Female Artist of the Year: Chiquis Rivera

Male Artist of the Year: J Balvin

Group or Duo of the Year: Gente de Zona

Collaboration of the Year: “Duele el Corazón” (Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin)

POP/ROCK CATEGORY

Album of the Year: “Primera Cita” (CNCO)

Song of the Year: “Tan Fácil” (CNCO)

Female Artist of the Year: Thalía

Male Artist of the Year: Enrique Iglesias

Group/Duo of the Year: CNCO

TROPICAL CATEGORY

Album of the Year: “Visualízate” (Gente de Zona)

Song of the Year: “La Bicicleta” (Carlos Vives, Shakira)

Artist of the Year: Prince Royce

REGIONAL MEXICAN CATEGORY

Album of the Year: “Que Bendición ” (Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga)

Song of the Year: “Solo Con Verte” (Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga)

Artist of the Year: Julión Álvarez

Banda Artist of the Year: Julión Álvarez

Group or Duo of the Year: Calibre 50

Norteño Artist of the Year: Gerardo Ortiz

URBAN CATEGORY

Album of the Year: “Pretty Bo y/Dirty Boy” (Maluma)

Song of the Year: “Hasta El Amanecer” (Nicky Jam)

Artist of the Year: Maluma

Collaboration of the Year: “Ay, Mi Dios” (IAmChino, ft. Pitbull, Yandel, Chacal)