| LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS Nov 15 Colombian rocker Juanes and
the Mexican brother and sister pop duo Jesse & Joy took home the
top Latin Grammys on Thursday in Las Vegas on a night in which
the contemporary triumphed over the traditional.
Juanes, one of the most well known Latin American stars
worldwide, won the coveted album of the year with his "MTV
Unplugged," which also won best long-form video. Dominican
singer and songwriter Juan Luis Guerra won producer of the year
for Juanes' album.
"Here's to the maestro Juan Luis Guerra for making this
possible," said Juanes, 40, who now has won 19 Latin Grammys,
tying him with reggaeton group Calle 13 for the most awards.
Guerra, who made the romantic Bachata music famous and is
known to sweep the awards from the Latin Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences, led the nominations with six nods this year.
But he lost out on the big awards for record and song of the
year with his "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital" (In Heaven There Is
Those two awards went to "Corre!" (Run!) by Jesse & Joy, the
duo from Mexico City who won best new artists in the same Las
Vegas venue in 2007. Their third studio album Con Quien Se Queda
El Perro? (Who Is The Dog Staying With?) lost out on album of
the year, but won best contemporary pop vocal album.
"Viva Mexico!," said Jesse upon accepting record of the
year, a phrase repeated several times by winners at the 13th
edition of the Latin Grammys Thursday night.
Like Jesse & Joy five years earlier, Mexican pop group
3BallMTY won best new artists with their musical style known as
"tribal guarachero," a mix of Mexican cumbia and electronic
The trio, barely beyond their teenage years, found success
on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border with their debut album
"Intentalo" (Try It). They dedicated their Latin Grammy to
Mexico's Carla Morrison won best alternative music album
with "Dejenme Llorar" (Let Me Cry). Wearing a red dress and
sporting multiple tattoos on her arms, she let loose an
expletive on the live broadcast after crying out "Viva Mexico!"
Among the top performances of the night were Juanes playing
with veteran guitarrist Carlos Santana. The show opened with
Miami-born rapper Pitbull, who sings in both English and
Brazilian singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso was honored
as the Latin Recording Academy's person of the year in a
ceremony on Wednesday. A founder of the 1960s musical movement
known as Tropicalia, Veloso continues to to be one of Brazil's
most popular and innovative artists at 70 years of age.
(Writing by Mary Milliken; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)