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Premios Juventud Kicks-Off Rehearsal while still being COVID-19 Cautious

Univision, the United State’s largest Spanish-language television network, will air its 17th annual Premios Juventud award show August 13th, live from Miami, Florida.

The summer youth award show celebrates Latin artists and influencers in music, fashion and entertainment. As previously announced, the show will include 28 categories and 140 nominees.

Rehearsals for the live show began last weekend. Among many performers who will take the stage this Thursday, the artists who were able to rehearse were:

  • Ally Brooke, will return this year as a solo artist after previously performing with Fifth Harmony.
  • Greeicy, with one nomination, will perform a special musical tribute.
  • Natti Natasha, with three nominations, will perform a special musical tribute.
  • Jay Wheeler will be performing on the Premios Juventud stage for the first time, bringing romantic touches of reggaeton.
  • Mau y Ricky, with two nominations, will perform their television debut of their latest single, “Papás”.
  • Neto Bernal, The young Mexican regional music singer with one nomination who also performed at #PJLiveEnCasa this summer.
  • Pitizion, the young Colombian will appear on the stage of Premios Juventud for the first time.
  • Sebastián Yatra, with four nominations and host of Premios Juventud, will present his latest songs.
  • Cali and El Dandee will join Yaltra for a performance of “Locura.”
  • Danna Paola and Yaltra will present “No Bailes Sola.”

Additionally, Brooke, Paola, Greeicy and Natasha, rehearsed tribute to the late Selena Quintanilla, Mexican-American singer-songwriter. 

Preparing for an Award Show During a Pandemic

Premios Juventud will be the first live award show to take place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, Univision assures they will continue to follow guidelines and restrictions in compliance with local authorities and public health recommendations.

They have already added additional rehearsal days to ensure every performer gets the rehearsal time they need while prioritizing safety. Furthermore, they are running tests on everyone involved in the production, enforcing the use of masks during rehearsals and, when possible, practicing social distancing. 

Univision’s Vice President of Entertainment and Music, Ignacio Meyer said in an interview with “Despierta America,” “We are being as careful as we have to be, according to the regulations, and taking it one step further in order to celebrate a great night…and it won’t be anything less due to the fact that it will be produced during a pandemic. Music will continue, music unites us, music gives us strength and we have seen many examples of that throughout the year.”

Unlike past years, the show faces a unique set of challenges brought by COVID-19, one being a virtual audience. Still, Meyer said the audience can expect huge technology-driven performances, heavy visuals and big sets. The show remains innovative, using virtual technology to provide a memorable and entertaining experience for its at-home audience. 

A one-hour pre-show, “PJ Takeover,” will be hosted by Amara La Negra, Jomari Goyso and Migbelis Castellanos, beginning at 7 P.M East / Pacific.

The three-hour-long main event hosted by Julissa Calderón, Ana Patricia Gámez, Francisca Lachapel, Borja Voces and Sebastián Yatra will follow, beginning at 8 P.M. ET on Univision.

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Samantha Aguilar

Samantha Aguilar is a Broadcasting Journalism student at California State University, Fullerton. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she moved to Southern California to begin her career as a reporter and anchor in hard news. Her love for music has led to her interest in both entertainment and American and Latin American pop culture. Having worked with Al Día, CSUF's Spanish newscast, has encouraged her to pursue a career in Spanish. Her favorite pass time is catching the sunset at the beach and hiking trails.

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