While J.Lo and Pitbull wow at AMAs, many on Twitter take shots at Latino influence

NBC Latino

The 2013 American Music Awards may have celebrated the best in American music, but by doing so the 41st annual ceremony commemorated the Latino contribution to pop culture at nearly every turn.

The AMAs – broadcast live from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles – were hosted by Pitbull, who opened the event with a few jokes about how the club scene in Miami practiced the “twerk” dance move long before Miley Cyrus made it popular. The first-time host made plenty of references to his Hispanic background during the three-hour show and even made a point to pronounce presenter Zoe Saldaña with the ñ.

But Pitbull – whose real name is Armando Christian Pérez – was the subject of plenty of tweets during the show, including from those who slammed the rapper for not being American and for dropping the occasional word in Spanish.

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