Panda nabs band, alternative, breakthrough awards

Reggaeton smash Daddy Yankee snatched top honors at MTV’s 2006 Latin America Music Awards on Thursday night in Mexico City, winning the artist of the year award. But  the biggest winner of the night was Mexican indie group Panda, which claimed best band, alternative artist and breakthrough artist.

Mexican Julieta Venegas took home best solo artist. She had led the field with six noms, but only took home the one award. The singer-songwriter’s album “Limon y Sal” (“Lemon and Salt”) is also up for four Latin Grammys this year.

Colombian cross-over sensation Shakira won song of the year with her No. 1 U.S. hit “Hips Don’t Lie.”

It was the first time MTV held the kudofest outside Miami. MTV prepared to host the awards near Cancun last year, but had to evacuate the cast and crew at the last minute due to Hurricane Wilma.

The event was transmitted live in 24 countries on MTV Latinoamerica and also reached U.S. viewers on the channel’s new Hispanic-themed channel MTV Tr3s and rebroadcasts on MTV and MTV2. MTV’s Spanish-language broadband site Revolucion MTV also showed awards with exclusive backstage content.

Full list of winners:

Artist of the Year: Daddy Yankee

Song of the Year: Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie

Video of the Year: Mana – Labios Compartidos

Solo Artist: Julieta Venegas

Group or Duet: Panda

Pop Artist: Kudai

Rock Artist: Mana

Alternative Artist: Panda

Pop Artist – International: Robbie Williams

Rock Artist – International: My Chemical Romance

New Artist – International: James Blunt

New Artist – North: Allison

New Artist – Central:Fonseca

New Artist – South: Axel

Artist – Central: Juanes

Artist – South: Gustavo Cerati

Breakthrough Artist: Panda

Promising Artist: Calle 13

MTV Tr3s Viewer’s Choice Award: Don Omar

MTV Legend Award: Mana

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