Los 2016 Premios Juventud GAVE LATIN DJs A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
Por Gabriela Guerreo
Prior to the youth awards show “Premios Juventud” (PJ), three hottest up-and-coming Latin DJs from across the nation got together to compete for the popular DJ@PJ battle at the Surfcomber Hotel in Southbeach, Miami, FL.
All aspiring DJs who were at least 21 years old and passionate about music submitted an online application earlier this year. The top finalists were selected by a panel of experts and Network producers. All those who participated in DJ@PJ are Spanish speakers, can play an open format and electronica with a Latin spin, and are active on social media. Contestants were chosen based on mixing skills, creativity, showmanship/energy, and their mastery of the Spanish language. All three finalist DJs have experience playing at different hot spots, music festivals and alongside popular artists.
The DJ@PJ battle this year was a high-energy competition hosted by Roberto Hernandez and Danella Urbay, celebrities of Univision’s “Sal y Pimienta” show. Under a hot Florida sunny day, special guest singer Wisin thrilled his fans with a dynamic performance of his latest hits. Luckily, fans watched the show from the pool. The DJ@PJ 2016 battle judges were: Enrique Santos, Maffio, and DJ Luian (who I am sure wanted to be in the pool!)
The winner of the DJ@PJ battle was DJ Duo Argelo (Mauricio and Jorge Arguello – Las Vegas, Nevada). They had the chance to spin at the PJ 2016 awards show and did an incredible job. DJ Karlos (Carlos Charles – Houston, Texas) was the second place winner and he got the crowd on their feet at the “Premios Juventud” celebrity arrival carpet pre-show. The day of the awards show, the third place winner, DJ Ali Stone (Ali Stone – Colombia,) opened up the celebration during Univision’s popular morning show “Despierta América.”