It was not probably the most nominated music of the night time, nevertheless it nonetheless managed to take residence probably the most trophies and personal the present.
“Despacito,” the smash pop-reggaeton jam by Puerto Rican singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, acquired 4 nominations — for document of the 12 months, music of the 12 months, brief kind music video and concrete fusion remix — and it gained in each single clbad wherein it was nominated, making it the highest winner on the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night time.
“What a privilege to make songs, to communicate through music,” stated Fonsi in his acceptance speech on the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “Long live music in Spanish.”
Puerto Rican alt-rapper Residente, a crucial darling whose eponymous album explored a panoply of world sounds, and who had entered the awards present with a whopping 9 nominations, ended up taking residence solely two: one for city music album; the opposite for city music.
He kicked off the present with a heartfelt rendition of his music “Hijos de Cañaveral,” a jazzy rap quantity he devoted to Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico doesn’t need to rise up,” he said, “because Puerto Rico has always been on its feet.”
Dominican singer songwriter Vicente García, recognized for his low-key, bachata-inflected pop, was additionally one of many high winners of the night. He took residence three Latin Grammy Awards, together with finest new artist, singer songwriter album and tropical music (for his single “Bachata en Kingston”).
Ruben Blades, a veritable statesman of salsa (and an everyday on “Fear the Walking Dead”) gained two awards for the album “Salsa Big Band,” which he recorded in collaboration with the Panamanian mbadive band Roberto Delgado & Orquesta.
Most shocking was Blades’ win for album of the 12 months — a aggressive clbad that featured works by excessive profile acts akin to Residente, Juanes, Shakira and Nicky Jam.
No one appeared extra stunned than Blades himself, who took just a few seconds to compose himself earlier than strolling as much as the stage to simply accept the award. As the members of the orchestra celebrated round him, he stated, “Success is never the work of just one person. I have the common sense to work with people who know more than me and who are better than me.”
Overall, the present, hosted by actors Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sanchez, didn’t deviate from the Grammy method of copious pop medleys punctuated by the awarding of some trophies.
But that doesn’t imply there weren’t just a few moments of drama.
Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz, named the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year, devoted his award to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), an Obama-era immigration program that allowed younger adults who had been dropped at the U.S. illegally as youngsters to stay within the nation.
“They are dreamers, they are our children, they are from our community,” he said. “This goes to them.”
He adopted the speech with a efficiency of his 2004 smash hit “Corazón Partío” backed by a refrain of DACA recipients carrying t-shirts that learn: “We have one dream.”
Of that efficiency, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was in attendance on the Latin Grammys to obtain the President’s Merit Award, tweeted: “Not a dry eye eye in the house after @AlejandroSanz #DreamActNOW.”
Upon receiving his personal award, Miranda made a plea for Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. He referred to as on viewers to end up for the Unity March For Puerto Rico to be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday — “to remind the White House and Congress that we are human.”
“This is for Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico,” he added forcefully.
And, in actual fact, Puerto Rico very a lot gave the impression to be on everybody’s thoughts all through the course of the present.
The 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards opened and closed with Puerto Rican acts. Closing out the present was Fonsi singing his smash “Despacito” — a medley model that included the deejay Diplo, Colombian electronica duo Bomba Estéreo and salsa singer Victor Manuelle.
As the music started to fade and the credit rolled, Fonsi referred to as out to the gang: “May God bless you Puerto Rico!”
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