The Latin Grammys They divided their tastes between the soft pop of the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler and the urban and tropical rhythms of the Colombian musicians, in a gala on Thursday in Las Vegas without clear favoritism and scarce political content.
Drexler triumphed in the Ibero-American music gala by taking away three gold gramophones: song of the year and recording of the year for "Telephony", and best singer-songwriter album for "Ice Lifesaver".
But while Drexler and the Mexican Luis Miguel the prizes of the main categories were taken (this last one by album of the year), the night was marked by the Colombian artists, in particular the reguetoneros.
The paisa J Balvin, who led the race with eight nominations, took home a single prize, the urban music album, for "Vibras".
In his speech, the artist exhorted his fellow reggaeton artists, "that he has been a bit discriminated against."
In response, shortly after Drexler praised all genres, in particular reggaeton, when he accepted his second prize.
"Long live Latin America, live Ibero-American music, long live Borges, live Pessoa, but also live the cumbia, live the reggaeton, long live!" Said the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter.
Maluma, also from Medellín, won the award for best contemporary pop vocal album for "F.A.M.E.", which he thanked, remembering that last year he was one of the most nominated and instead he returned home without "a single Grammy".
He is also from Medellin Karol G, who won as best new artist for the success "Mi cama", where he talks to a lover of the way his bed sounds.
The one who broke the reguetter trend was the Colombian Carlos Vives, a legend of the vallenato that won the prize for best contemporary tropical album for "Vives".
Two for Rosalía
Singer Rosalía, who debuted last year with her fusion of flamenco with R & B and electronica, conquered the Latin American ear this year with "Badly" the hit of his album "El mal querer".
Rosalía illuminates the stage of the Latin Grammys with Malamente. Agencia EFE / REUTERS
The theme was two gold gramophones to better urban fusion and best alternative song, two of the five prizes to which he aspired.
"This is a dream," Rosalia said, thanking other women in the industry who "They have taught that you can".
The Mexican Luis Miguel did not go to receive his album award of the year for "Mexico forever!", which earned him a booing from the public.
"I'm going to take care of giving it to him personally," singer and actress Thalia said after appeasing the mood.
The attendees also lamented the lack of the Puerto Rican Daddy Yankee, the "boss" of the reggaeton and a pioneer of the genre that won the best urban song for his viral success "Hard", but who did not go to the party.
The Puerto Rican salsa singer Marc Anthony kicked off the party with the first live performance of his latest hit, "Está rico", along with fellow Puerto Rican Bad Bunny and American actor Will Smith.
With the actress Ana de la Reguera and the singer Carlos Rivera as masters of ceremony, the party at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas saw the performance of artists such as J Balvin, Drexler, Lafourcade, Nicky Jam, Steve Aoki, Maná and Carlos Vives.
Greetings to the caravan
Most of the 49 categories were announced in a non-televised section, where they won, among others, Natalia Lafourcade, Fito Paez, Chico Buarque, Lenine, Pedro Giraudo and Anaadi.
The Mexican Lafourcade received her Grammy greeting the thousands of immigrants who crossed Central America and Mexico and they start arriving at the US border.
Also the Mexican band Manna, what fIt was recognized on the eve as Person of the Year for the Latin Recording Academy, had words of encouragement for immigrants, but the gala did not see other demonstrations of political concern on the part of the artists.
The exception was the Brazilian singer-songwriter Anaadi, who received her award for "Noturno"He regretted that his country" is suffering a neofascist threat ", referring to the recent victory of the far right Jair Bosonaro to the presidency.