The first Billboard Mexican Music Awards on Thursday night showcased a new generation of regional Mexican artists who are leading the evolution of the genre. The awards show will reach out to wide audiences, offering a fresh take on Regional Mexican Music when it airs on Telemundo October 27, without alienating its many fans.
Actress Kate del Castillo, who hosted the show with Fernandez, channeled her tough-talking character Teresa Mendoza from the wildly popular telenovela "La Reina del Sur" for several short but riveting monologues.
"You listen to the music and it goes down to your bones," she said, in a dramatic introduction to torch singer Paquita la del Barrio. "Only Mexicans have that kind of feeling."