Premios Juventud entregará sus galardones este jueves

La edición de 2020 de los Premios Juventud, la primera gran entrega de galardones que se realiza en vivo durante la pandemia, tendrá lugar este jueves en Miami con la participación de artistas como J Balvin, Karol G, Anuel AA, Becky G, Ricky Martin, Sebastián Yatra y muchos otros.

La ceremonia de entrega de Premios Juventud de 2020 representa el primer esfuerzo por adaptar este tipo de espectáculos a la realidad de la pandemia del COVID-19.

El programa será un híbrido de números musicales grabados en su mayoría y la conducción en vivo.

Justamente Yatra será uno de los cinco conductores del espectáculo de cuatro horas, que también contará con números musicales de Cristian Castro, Pitbull, Neto Bernal, Natanael Cano y Gloria Trevi.

La transmisión comenzará a las 19.00 hora local (21.00 GMT) con un programa de antesala de una hora con el título de «PJ Takeover», que sustituirá a la tradicional alfombra roja.

Los conductores de esa primera hora, en el que se recibirá a los presentadores del espectáculo y se comentarán algunos de los atuendos de los artistas participantes, serán Amara La Negra, de padres dominicanos; la venezolana Migbelis Castellanos, ganadora de la más reciente edición de «Nuestra Belleza Latina»; y el comentarista de moda español Jomari Goyso.

La producción informó también que la entrega de premios comenzará a las 20.00 hora local.

Además de Yatra, el resto de los presentadores son la artista de la serie de Netflix “Gentefied” Julissa Calderón, la ex Nuestra Belleza Latina Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisca Lachapel y el presentador de noticias Borja Voces, estos últimos parte del elenco de la cadena Univision.

Otras canciones que se presentarán durante la noche son “La tóxica” de Farruko, “Como antes” de Llane, “I Believe That We Will Win” de Pitbull, “One World One Religion” de The Wailers, “Quiéreme mientras se pueda” de Manuel Turizo y el remix de “Tattoo” por parte de Rauw Alejandro y Camilo.

Karol G interpretará “Ay Dios mío”, Cristian Castro cantará su más reciente sencillo “Cuando vuelva la vida” y un popurrí de sus canciones más románticas. En un espíritu similar, el astro colombiano J Balvin también presentará sus mayores éxitos.

Además, habrá un número especial para conmemorar los 25 años de ausencia de la reina del Tex-Mex, Selena Quintanilla.

En él, participarán el hermano mayor de la asesinada artista, AB Quintanilla, además de las artistas Natti Natasha, Greeicy, Pitizion y Ally Brooke, exmiembro de la banda femenina Fifth Harmony.

El «show» se transmitirá desde el teatro Hard Rock Live, dentro del Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, situado en la ciudad de Hollywood, unos 20 kilómetros al norte de la ciudad de Miami. EFE

Premios Juventud: Inside America’s First Live Awards Show in the Covid-19 Era

J Balvin, Pitbull, Karol G to perform under strict safety precautions at this year’s Premios Juventud

Nearly six months after the United States experienced its first outbreak of Covid-19, the virus shows no signs of slowing down. Since then, the entertainment industry as a whole has grappled with the question: How will live events, especially long-standing awards shows, survive the pandemic?

While several major awards ceremonies — from the Tonys to the Oscars — have been postponed, BET took a novel approach with its annual awards show, which was recorded and performed remotely from the homes of its honorees in June. Univision, however, plans to go live for the 17th annual Premios Juventud, its international, Hispanic entertainment awards. The event will take place Thursday, August 13th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

This year’s Premios Juventud, or Youth Awards, boasts onstage performances from an impressive lineup of Latin superstars, including J Balvin, Pitbull, Karol G, Zion and Lennox, CNCO, Natti Natasha, and many others. Yet the show will go on against a troubling backdrop: Florida has emerged as the second-largest Covid-19 hotspot in the United States. (California currently sits at Number One.) As of Monday, NBC News reported a total of 532,806 cases in Florida, with the statewide death toll at 8,314. In Broward County, where the Premios Juventud will take place, officials have reported 62,898 cases and 821 deaths. The state reported 4,155 new cases in the last week alone.

Where many in the industry see a disaster in the making, executives at Univision see an opportunity for invention. For the first time since its inception in 2004, this year’s Premios Juventud will take place sans a live audience, and skip the usual fanfare on the red carpet. Over the past month, masked pop stars have circulated through the Hard Rock Hotel in tightly regulated shifts, rehearsing with notably smaller dance troupes and production teams on site. Between rehearsals, crew members can be seen wielding air sanitation machines, which spray a fine mist of disinfectant across the stage.

Rolling Stone spoke with Univision’s Ignacio Meyer, senior vice president, entertainment and music, as well as Aida Perez, senior vice president and head of global security, about the numerous steps Univision has taken to safely put on America’s first live awards show since the outbreak began.

How did you feel about organizing the Premios Juventud under the shadow of Covid-19? What made you decide not to cancel?
Meyer: First and foremost, everything that we are doing is in full compliance, and I would say in an overabundance of caution, beyond what the local authorities and state and federal authorities have required. We wanted to continue to celebrate music, pop culture, and community leaders. And we knew we owed it to the audience to provide them a sense of escapism and a sense of normal again. But we wanted to be thoughtful about our approach … so we called this award show about a month later than usual.

Cases in South Florida have been rapidly on the rise. Can you walk me through the steps you’re taking to ensure a safe show?
Perez: There will be no attendees nor audience at this year’s show. The entire audience is virtual. Each day the capacity for the venue will not exceed three to five percent of the authorized total capacity for the venue pre-Covid. The production is operating well below the authorized Broward County capacity guidelines of 50%. The performers and nominees will only be allowed no more than four of their staff members, inclusive of their manager/agent to assist them in pre- and post-show preparations. By SUZY EXPOSITO