Wisin (Juan Morera) y Yandel (Llandel Vegilla) the multi-platinum Puerto Rican duo beat well known Latin artists for the Best Latino Artist award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). The reggaeton duo, who have more than 15 platinum albums in the United States and more throughout Latin America, will receive their award during the network’s Spanish-subtitled transmission of the 2011 VMAs next Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
The online voting competition was extremely intense. Wisin y Yandel ended up victorious over fellow Spanish pop balladeer Enrique Iglesias, Mexican rock group Maná, bachata newcomer Prince Royce, and reggaetoneer Don Omar.
“It is a privilege to be nominated for this ‘Best Latino Artist’ award and an honor to receive this award, voted by the fans,” stated the duo. “This award is proof that hard work and perseverance can lead you to your goals. Thank you to the fans and Tr3 for their continued support.” (continues after ad)
Although Wisin y Yandel have been around since 1984, their debut album, ‘Reyes del Nuevo Milenio’, was released in 2000. In 2004 they gained fans and recognition with ‘De Otra Manera’ and ‘Mi Vida: La Pelicula’. It wasn’t until the 2005 release of Pa’l Mundo’ which featured guest appearances of Daddy Yankee and Aventura that hit the number one Latin album spot on the Billboard charts and began to be recognized outside the Spanish speaking community. ‘Los Vaqueros’ in 2006, a group effort also including affiliates Tony Dize, Gadiel, and Jayko, followed.
With their popularity at a momentum, Wisin y Yandel released various material in 2007, including a new studio album ‘Los Extraterrestres’, a remix album ‘Los Vaqueros: Wild Wild Mixes’, a live album ‘Tomando Control’, and a collection of archived material named ‘2010 Lost Edition’. Their 2009 ‘La Revolución’ contains more electronics and dance music to their sound. The album was supported by a worldwide tour, which was documented in 2010 by the live albums ‘La Revolución’ Live, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Wisin y Yandel’s 2011 come back is their eighth album, ‘Los Vaqueros: El Regreso’. They have collaborated with 50 Cent, Ricky Martin, R. Kelly among many others.
The duo concluded Pepsi’s Summer Stage Live concert series at Central Park in NY with a free performance August. 13 for thousands of fans.