Daddy Yankee has been a true icon in the Latinx community for over a decade, and last night the Puerto Rican artist was recognized for being just that.
He received the "Icon Award" at the 2018 Latin American Music Awards Thursday night (Oct. 25). Who more deserving that Daddy Yankee himself(?), a name that just about everyone recognizes.
The best part about Daddy Yankee receiving the icon award was that he used the big occasion to share some wisdom with viewers.
Daddy Yankee was awarded the iconic award because of his world-renowned status within the Latinx community. He has remained relevant for years by inspiring other artists, and his features in today's top hits.
The Puerto Rican superstar jumped on stage to receive his award, which was followed by him delivering an inspirational speech for his people.
“I’m a human being just like all of you,” he said after thanking Jesus and Puerto Rico for his win. “I worked with discipline, perseverance, and determination in a genre that had everything against it.” “How did I get to this level?” he continued. “Respecting my fans, my family, loving my country, and loving the other countries that have opened their doors to me.”
“It’s been three decades of sacrifice. I’ve never failed you, which means I will never fail you. As a dreamer in the hood, I always wanted to be an icon,” he delivered.
A huge congratulations to Daddy Yankee. I grew up listening to his music, so it pleases me to see him being recognized as the icon that he is!
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