Elation lights impact on Latin Music Awards
Thursday, 9 November 2023
billboard-latin-music-awardsElation lights created captivating effects and aesthetic looks on the show
USA - The annual Billboard Latin Music Awards is the biggest night of the year for Latin American music and this year lighting designer John Daniels employed a selection of Elation lights to create captivating effects and aesthetic looks on the show.
Aired live on 5 October from the Watsco Centre in Coral Gables, Florida, Daniels creatively incorporated Elation Proteus Rayzor Blade, Proteus Excalibur and Smarty MAX luminaires as some of the most impactful lights on the event.
Daniels, in his fifth year working the show, designed lighting looks for 16 performances from top talent like Bad Bunny, Peso Pluma and many others, as well as numerous award presentations. The Elation luminaires played key visual roles in his lighting design and were instrumental in the dynamic camera looks created throughout the show. Lighting supply for the event was from 4Wall.
Opting for a streamlined approach this year, Daniels strategically selected fewer fixture types, allowing greater creativity with each light while enabling lighting programmers Chris Fernandez and Felix Peralta to delve deeply into each fixture. Fernandez concentrated on key lighting for talent and audience, while Peralta handled programming for effects and environment, both serving as lighting directors for the show.
Fernandez, co-founder of Limitless Design Group, collaborated with Elation’s Ryan Stumpp to source the Elation lighting units used for the event and was instrumental in connecting Daniels with Stumpp and 4Wall account rep Sebastian Yepes. “It was a team effort, and we all worked closely together to bring the vision to life,” Fernandez commented. “We're thrilled about how well the Elation gear performed.”
Daniels reports: “FOH was so close to the stage that we decided to give it a video facia and make it part of the set design. You invariably see FOH in many of the camera shots and we needed something there that really completed the many 360 shots with the audience and award winners. With that in mind, that’s where the Excaliburs made sense. I knew those fixtures needed space to breath and at FoH they could be used in a way that is natural for them - long throws with a tight shaft of light. That was a logical placement and they helped to complement the video story.”
The dozen Excaliburs at FoH were regularly seen throughout the show and were prominently showcased during a performance by Myke Towers and Yandel that saw the fixtures flying up in a crescendo of powerful, synchronized beams.
The awards show set design included several areas that called for low profile linear lighting. “In my designs, I try to find linear fixture types that don’t clash with the video design but work more as a complement,” Daniels said, conscientious of an executive producer’s preference against prominent silhouettes of large moving heads in front of the video screen. “At the same time, with up to 20-30 people on stage at a time, I needed a fixture with the wash capability to sidelight dancers.”
Twenty-four Proteus Rayzor Blade fixtures, positioned both below and above the downstage video element, featured prominently in performances and in show looks. The design not only preserved the visual impact of the video screen but also seamlessly enhanced the set without overshadowing it.
The designer’s most downstage lighting element consisted of two overhead lines of Smarty MAX (23 per side), a small yet punchy 21,000-lumen hybrid moving head that he has used on previous Billboard Latin Music Awards shows. “They were my curtain of beams left and right for big wide shots, fly in and outs, etc.” Daniels said. “For a powerful fixture they are compact and very consistent.”
The Elation fixtures, part of a larger lighting package used on the show, brought a lot to the production value of the show, Daniels concludes.

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