Ricky Martin has been dominating the headlines since coming out of the closet last month, and his career resurgence continues. Thursday night, the 'She Bangs' singer was greeted with a standing ovation at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. In his first public appearance since publicly declaring his homosexuality on his Web site, his musical peers warmly welcomed the singer at the Billboard ceremony, which was held in his native Puerto Rico.

But what could have been a maudlin event full of self-congratulation and ego-stroking became uncharacteristically serious. Martin seized his renewed celebrity to rip into Arizona legislators, who signed a new immigration law that allows police to stop anyone they suspect to be an illegal visitor.