Published February 11, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. – Juanes took home the Grammy for best Latin pop album and showed that he is ready to cater to his English language speaking fans.
"It was such a great opportunity for me," said Juanes. "I just met Elton John tonight. I met Bruce last year. ... They are an inspiration to me. I grew up listening to all this music when I was a teenager, and now I understand them a lot more so I love them even more."
He also performed Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" at Grammy's MusiCares event honoring The Boss over the weekend.
Juanes assured he will be crossing over and singing in English, something he will be incorporating in his next album. "Now I can sing in English easier than before," he said backstage."Probably I'm going to do some tracks. Maybe four."
The “Camisa Negra” star snagged the Grammy for his "MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition” album, which he produced with Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.
On Twitter, Juanes made sure to send his regards to his followers, particularly those inhis native country.
"Colombia this is for you, and for all my fans from all around the world. I love you too much!," he posted.
Fellow Latinos who shined during the Grammys included folk singer Lila Downs who won the accolade for best regional Mexican album for her record titled “Pecados y Milagros,” while Quetzal won the Grammy for best Latin rock album, alternative urban for "Imaginaries," and Marlow Rosado y La Riqueña won in the best tropical Latin album category.
Mexican-American Esperanza Spalding took home two Grammys, for best Jazz vocal album (Radio Music Society) and another for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists (“City of Roses.”)
Other highlights throughout the show included the band fun., whose semi-dark jam "We Are Young" dominated the charts in 2012, won song of the year.
Gotye's massive and oddball pop hit, "Somebody I Used to Know," picked up record of the year. And folk-rockers Mumford & Sons won album of the year for their platinum-selling "Babel."
Fun. also won best new artist, besting Frank Ocean in an upset.
The Recording Academy had a clear message at its 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night: There are a lot of top acts today with both mainstream appeal and an edge to their music, and the Academy was happy to reward them all.
"One after the other, it was like, 'And the Black Keys...,' so I think we just sort of resigned ourselves to like, last year was Adele's year and this year would be the Black Keys," said lead singer Marcus Mumford, who thought his band would lose album of the year to the Black Keys.
Then Mumford added in a loud scream once he learned they won: "It's (expletive) awesome!"
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, the night's big winner with four trophies, was one of six acts with the most nominations — six each. He won non-classical producer of the year, while the Black Keys earned the best rock album, song and performance honors.
"Thank you to our families and everybody in Akron, Ohio, and everybody in Nashville," the band's drummer, Patrick Carney, said.
The Black Keys dominated the rock category, while Jay-Z and Kanye West did the same in the rap area. But the pop, country and R&B categories were a reflection of the top four honors, with no single act dominating. Winners in those categories ranged from Adele to Paul McCartney,
Carrie Underwood to the Zac Brown Band, and Usher to Latino rapper, singer and song writer Miguel.
Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and fun. were also the top nominees of the night, and they won multiple Grammys.
But Ocean — who was anticipated to win best new artist — won two trophies and was restricted to the urban categories. It was another year the Grammys dissed a rap or R&B artist from the top awards. Last year, West lost in an upset and in 2011 it was Eminem.
Ocean's official studio debut, "channel ORANGE," did win best urban contemporary album. He also won best rap/song collaboration for "No Church In the Wild" with West, Jay-Z and The-Dream.
But the R&B singer released one of the year's most critically revered albums last year, which made several best-of-the-year lists. He also made headlines when he revealed his first love was a man shortly before the album's release.
Ocean's loss to fun. for best new artist was a shock, but the band's win was understood. The pop-rock trio had two of the year's biggest hits with "We Are Young" and "Some Nights." Their sophomore album, "Some Nights," is also near-platinum.
"Making music for 12 years — you don't think you'll get Grammy-nominated," lead singer Nate Ruess said backstage. "Radio and mainstream just kind of picked up on (us) and it feels good for us after 12 years of people kind of just ignoring you and always feeling like you're kind of the bridesmaid."
Like fun., Gotye had a monstrous hit with the Kimbra-assisted "Somebody that I Used to Know," and it won record of the year and best pop duo/group collaboration. His album, "Making Mirrors," won best alternative music album.
The performances — like usual — were also a reflection of diversity in music: Taylor Swift opened with her pop smash "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and Miguel sang his R&B hit "Adorn" onstage and off of it.
"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," Clarkson said when accepting an award. "I mean, good god. That was the sexiest dancing I've ever seen."
Justin Timberlake made a return to the Grammy stage, performing his new hit "Suit & Tie" and a new song, the falsetto-heavy "Push Your Love Girl." Jay-Z joined the pop star onstage, and there were more collaborations like it throughout the night.
Alicia Keys joined Maroon 5, Miranda Lambert sang with Dierks Bentley, and Rihanna, half Puerto Rican singer Bruno Mars and Sting paid tribute to Bob Marley. They were joined by Damian and Ziggy Marley. The crowd sang along during "Could You Be Loved."
Adele, who was last year's big winner with six trophies, won best pop performance for "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)." She said backstage that she's enjoying motherhood and is at the beginning stages of recording her next album.
"I've been up since 6 a.m. so I'm quite tired. But it's nice, I haven't been as stressed out," she said. "You kind of have to prioritize what you stress about and worry about when you have a child."
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.