Shakira takes five music awards

2002-10-25 10:46

Miami Beach, Florida - The first MTV Video Music Awards Latin America awarded Colombian superstar Shakira five prizes - including artist of the year - and Chilean rock band La Ley two.

The awards show, aired live on Thursday night in Spanish on MTV Latin America and with English subtitles on MTV2, honoured the best music videos in Latin music at the Jackie Gleason Theatre.

Shakira won artist of the year, video of the year, female artist of the year, pop artist of the year and best artist-north.

La Ley won two awards, including group or duo of the year and rock artist of the year.

Other winners included Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, who took home male artist of the year; Argentinean pop singer Diego Torres, who won best artist-Southeast; and Manu Chao, who won alternative artist of the year.

Two English language winners included Pink, who won for international pop artist of the year, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who won for international rock artist of the year.

The Rolling Stones opened the event, and other performers included Carlos Santana - who joined with English-language sensation Michele Branch - Mana and Shakira.

Argentinean rock band Soda Stereo came together for the first time since 1997 to win the lifetime achievement award.

Nominees for video of the year were: Enrique Iglesias, Hero; Juanes, A Dios Le Pido; Paulino Rubio, Si Tu Te Vas; Shakira, Suerte; and Diego Torres, Color Esperanza.

The English-language versions of some of the nominated videos have been huge hits on MTV. Iglesias' Hero, Rubio's video, translated as Don't Say Goodbye, and Shakira's video, known on MTV as Whenever, Wherever, have been mainstays on the network's Total Request Live countdown.

Last month, Shakira won a Latin Grammy for the Suerte video. Juanes also was a winner that night, for best rock song for A Dios Le Pido.

The hosts were Argentine TV and radio personality Mario Pergolini and Mexican actor Diego Luna.

  • MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. - Sapa-AP