Billboard Music Awards 2021: Bad Bunny gives acceptance speech in Spanish, fans call singer 'hot and iconic'
Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter Bad Bunny was one of the big winners at 2021 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs). Out of his seven nominations, the 27-year-old hit machine took home the awards for Best Latin Album for his project ‘YHLQMDLG’, Best Latin Song for ‘Dákiti’ along with Best Latin Artist and Latin Male Artist.
For the unversed, Bad Bunny won the Top Latin Artist title for a second consecutive year. Top Reggaeton artistes namely Anuel AA, J Balvin, Maluma and Ozuna were also nominated in the same category. The award-winning singer, who has currently renamed his Twitter username to San Benito, was trending on the internet for his acceptance speech as he thanked his fans in his native language and refused to speak in English. His loyal fans thronged to Twitter to say how iconic this move was.
‘Without you, no award would exist’
While accepting the award, Bad Bunny told his loyal fans in Spanish, “Thanks a lot, first of all, to my fans all over the world. Without you, no award would exist. Thank you, Billboard. I share this (award) with all of my colleagues nominated who are doing big things for the genre.” The multiple award-winning crooner also sent a special message to viewers back home, asking them to have love and compassion for others. "It's free and you don't know what others are going through.”
Rapper DaBaby, who gave several hits in 2020, earned 11 nods. Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD also earned multiple posthumous nominations sitting at the third position with 10 and seven nods respectively. The controversial country musician Morgan Wallen has got six nominations this year. Drake, who holds the title for most Billboard Music Award wins of all time, received the Artist of the Decade Award. Houston-based rapper and social activist Trae Tha Truth was honored with the second annual Change Maker Award for his unwavering dedication to fighting for and delivering social and medical equity in his community.
benito not giving anyone a lick of english >>> pic.twitter.com/Bz3P8x0dyt— jacky ☻⁷ 🧈 (@gIosskt) May 24, 2021
‘Benito not speaking a word of English in his acceptance speech he’s so hot’
As soon as Bad Bunny aka San Benito took to BBMA stage and thanked his fans in his native language, his loyal fans could not contain the excitement as they rushed to Twitter to express their happiness. One fan said, “Benito not speaking a word of English in his acceptance speech he’s so hot.” One user quipped, “If bts collabs with bad bunny american interviews are gonna be in hell between benito’s refusal to speak English and joon’s newly found sarcasm, AMAZING.” Another added, “Benito not speaking English when he received his award was hot and iconic.” The next one posted, “That's why i love benito bc he really hates speaking English and don't give af if you know what he saying or not”, whereas, one said, “Benito refuse to give a speeche in English love that for him.”
benito not speaking a word of english in his acceptance speech he’s so hot— elle 🧈 | STREAM BUTTER (@kookieschurro) May 24, 2021
if bts collabs with bad bunny american interviews are gonna be in hell between benito’s refusal to speak english and joon’s newly found sarcasm, AMAZING— miel🪴 (@raspberryoonjin) May 24, 2021
Benito not speaking English when he received his award was hot and iconic 😌😌— abril⁷| 🇲🇽| 💜🧈 (@jackie_mtz14) May 24, 2021
benito doesn’t even try at english and i respect him for that— marce⁷ (@NAMGlKOOS) May 24, 2021
that's why i love benito bc he really hates speaking english and don't give af if you know what he saying or not— RINA⁷ butter SOTY 🧈 (@koosvIogs) May 24, 2021
benito refuse to give a speeche in english love that for him— azula ⁷ (@adoniseokjinn) May 24, 2021
The BBMAs are currently being streamed live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on NBC. The award ceremony started at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.