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Latin Grammys: The Good, The Great and The Interesting


Last night was the annual 19th Latin GRAMMY awards in Las Vegas and lets just say it was just as dynamic and versatile as you’d expect. Latin music has many categories and the grammys remind us just how talented and powerful the LatinX music community is. Hosts, Ana De La Reguera and Carlos Rivera, walked the red carpet showing us that hosting events can be a great opportunity to make new friends. The pair met a few days before the event and seemed very in sync and excited to get the show started. Now, how do we get to host a show so we can be their friends too? (Putting on our thinking hats for this one).

The Good

Moving along the carpet, celebrities took advantage of this time to say their hellos, have fun and some even got to enjoy a live performance of Taki Taki by Ozuna. Only bad part about this is we missed the rest of the crew Cardi B, Selena and DJ Snake. In the fashion realm, black was the color of the night, but some made very colorful statements like Steve Aoki in what some called a modern samurai outfit. Like any other award show, lists of best and worst dressed have already surfaced, and even though we might agree with some of them, the energy and excitement among the artists made us look the other way and just be happy to enjoy the greatest night in Latin music with them.

The Great: Who won what?

Here are some of the talented winners of the night.

  • Person(s) of the Year was given to Mana (Yes!)
  • Recording and Song of the Year – Jorge Drexler
  • Best Album – Luis Miguel
  • Best New Artist – Karol G
  • Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album – Maluma
  • Best Urban/Fusion Performance – Rosalia (Amazing performance)
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – Laura Pausini
  • Best Urban Music Album – J Balvin
  • Best Urban Song – Dura by Daddy Yankee, Urbani Mota Cedeño, Juan G. Rivera Vazquez & Luis Jorge Romero
  • Best Rock Album – Bunbury
  • Best Alternative Music Album – Aterciopelados
  • Best Pop/Rock Album – Manolo Garcia
  • Best Salsa Album – Victor Manuelle
  • Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album – Silvestre Dangond
  • Best Contemporary Tropical Album – Carlos Vives
  • Best Traditional Tropical Album – José Alberto El Canario & El Septeto Santiaguero
  • Best Tropical Fusion Album – Aymee Nuviola
  • Best Singer-Songwriter Album – Jorge Drexler
  • Best Ranchero / Mariachi Music Album – Luis Miguel
  • Best Banda Album – Banda Los Recoditos
  • Best Tejano Album – Roger Velásquez & The Latin Legendz
  • Best Norteño Album – Calibre 50
  • Best Folk Album – Natalia LaFourcade

For a full list of last night’s award winners click here.


The Interesting

  • Will Smith, Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny’s big opening performance was either a love it or hate it. The live show got everybody excited and ready for a fun night. On TV though, it wasn’t as great. The tune was a bit off. Sorry guys.

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  • “El Sol de México”, Luis Miguel, couldn’t be there to receive his award for best album in person and the audience did not like that. It was an awkward moment with some booing, but Thalia’s cheerful personality saved the moment by receiving the award for him. You can see it here.
  • Thalia goes along with the references of her viral video, “Me escuchan? Me oyen? Me sienteeen?”. Girls knows how to poke fun at herself. Two thumbs up for that.
  • Christian Nodal and Pepe Aguilar’s daughter, Angela Aguilar, were among the youngest nominated artists this year. Great talent for such young age!

Angela Aguilar sings Mexico folk song, “La Llorona”. Image via @Univision.

  • Throughout the night there was a lot of lip-syncing. It’s a tough job to be able to coordinate singing and dancing, but there were a few times when the mic was nowhere near the artists lips.
  • “Adios Amor” interpreter, Christian Nodal, was invited to a few after parties but he is only 19! Ugh, the struggles of being popular and famous at such a young age.
  • Maluma Baby wins his first Grammy and everyone was happy, yay! Well, it seems not everyone. TNT camaras caught a glimpse of Natalia LaFourcade’s reaction to his win and it looks like she’s not a fan. People took to Twitter with memes and the hashtag #TodosSomosNatalia. Is this another Leo and Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes? The shot of Lafourcade could just be bad timing. What do you think? See for yourself – here.



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