Ricky Martin used his appearance at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday (29Apr10) to voice his outrage over a tough new anti-immigration law in Arizona.
The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker is fuming over the legislation, which allows cops to question any individual who they suspect is an illegal immigrant, and he criticised the plans onstage at the awards show, held in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The singer began his speech by telling the audience, "This is not in the script," before declaring the law "makes no sense".
He added, "You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism... Long live love, long live peace."
Martin was given a standing ovation at the ceremony, which was dominated by New York band Aventura, who scooped nine Billboard Latin Music Awards, including album of the year.
Puerto Rican artist El Bambino was also triumphant, taking home seven statuettes, while Wisin y Yandel received three, according to the Associated Press.