Undeterred by a rainstorm that shut down the green carpet outside, the stars of Latin music took to the stage to celebrate the best of this year’s music at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
The show kicked off with an amped up performance by Puerto Rican reggeaton artist Winsin, and continued with more than a dozen performances by some of Latin music’s greatest artists.
Telenovela star turned vallenato revivalist, Carlos Vives, took song of the year for “Volvi a Nacer,” and and racked up two other Grammys.
Vives, who performed the song in front of dancers in traditional Colombian garb, dedicated the award to the children of Latin America, “who have made the song what it is.”
“This is more than what we expected in our return" to the Grammys, the singer said after receiving the award. He also won for best tropical fusion album and best tropical song.
Marc Anthony’s “Vivir Mi Vida” took recording of the year.
“Incredible, incredible,” the Puerto Rican crooner said while accepting his award. “This means so much because I am living through a special time. The lyrics of the song express that.”
Draco Rosa, who is touring again after being cleared of cancer earlier this year could barely keep the tears at bay as he thanked fans and family while accepting the award for album of the year for “Más y Más.”
Alejandro Sanz, who was recently awarded an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, took the first award of the night in the category of best contemporary pop album.
Sanz also sang his hit “La Musica No Se Toca” with a band of Berklee students in one of the night’s most inspirational performances.
Other winners included Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's “Echa Pa’lla” for best urban performance and Guatemalan-native Gaby Moreno who was named best new artist.
“My first Grammy!” she yelled after receiving her award. “Thank you to all of my people in Guatemala. This is for Guate!”
Pitbull was a little more global in his thank yous. “This is for all the Latinos in all the world,” he said.
Veteran singer Miguel Bosé was honored as the person of the year and performed some of his most famous tunes with artists including Ricky Martin, Juanes and the Italian singer Laura Pausini.
“This award is important. It’s big,” Bosé said in his acceptance speech. “None of this would have been possible without the teams of people behind me ... most importantly, all of you, the people..”
The Latin Grammy Awards were hosted by Mexican talents Lucero, Blanca Soto and Omar Chaparro and broadcast on Univision.
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