This edition of the Latin Grammy has been anything but boring. With the controversial decision of not including reggaeton in the major categories for this year’s ceremony, it has inevitably made Rock en Español the main star of this 20th annual show. But Rock en Español is not the only category that got to shine proving once more, the rich diversity of Latin music.
Leading the pack of winners Thursday night were two Spaniards, Rosalía and Alejandro Sanz. The flamenco-trap singer, songwriter and actress won three Grammys for album of the year, urban song and contemporary pop album for “El Mal Querer,” . From the stage, she thanked the absent J.Balvin, with whom she shared the Latin Grammy in the urban song category for “Con Altura.” With her album of the year win, this compelling artist became the first woman since Shakira, and the youngest in the history of the Latin Grammys, to break the category’s glass ceiling as a solo female artist.
Her compatriot Alejandro, who had the most nominations with a total of eight, took home three Grammys, for record of the year, long-form music video and pop song for “Mi Persona Favorita,” a prize he shared with Camila Cabello.
The opening set featured a diverse ensemble of stars who helped jump-start the show, including Milly Quezada, Carlos Rivera, Reik and Natalia Jimenez. Draco Rosa, who earlier in the night won for best rock album, also performed in the opener with Fito Paez and Beto Cuevas, performing Sebastian’s “Secreto de Amor.”
Bad Bunny won for urban album of the year for “X 100Pre” and made it clear in his acceptance speech that the perceived Latin Grammy reggaeton snubs are only going to trigger more energy in the Latin urban community.
What you resist, persists… “Reggaeton is part of the culture,” the Puerto Rican rapper said. “We are going to keep working on this and let’s bring back the creativity and humanity. Let’s bring different things for the people.” Also from the Latin urban category, superstar Ozuna gave an electrifying performance, opening his set wearing a dark cape at the piano, like the hero he is. These two were the two few Latin Urban artists representing and they did an amazing job at it.
Puerto Rico’s Pedro Capó’s “Calma” won for song of the year along with Gabriel Edgar González Pérez and George Noriega. He dedicated the song to his children and his late brother. Later on, his Puerto Rican fellow artists, Residente and Bad Bunny did a heartfelt performance of “Cántalo” by Martin in a tribute to Puerto Rico.
Juanes, this year’s person of the year, performed some of his biggest hits during the telecast, joined by Alessia Cara and Sebastian Yatra.
And last but not least, Young regional Mexican star Christian Nodal took home the best ranchera/mariachi album for “Ahora.”
Our team, Gina Castellanos and Dennis Pastorizo got to hang out with a lot of the nominees not only on the red carpet of Los Producers party but on our suite in Vegas…and you know what they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in LATV. Check it out:
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We also covered the Los Producers charity event featuring live performances. Check out our red carpet interviews!