It was a very wet and mostly empty Green carpet this year for the 14th Edition of the Latin Grammys, taking place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.  The broadcast of the hour-long Green Carpet pre-show, hosted by Giselle Blondet, Chiquinquirá Delgado, Raúl Molina and Fashionista Rodner Figueroa, saw a number of stars, amongst them Miguel Bosé, Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Vives (who braved the elements to say hello to fans), David Zepeda, Tommy Torres and Ricky Martin make a quick entrance, trying to avoid the rarely seen incessant rain at the location.


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The award ceremony was hosted this year by Lucero, Blanca Soto and funny man Omar Chaparro, who had a self-explanatory and trending twitter (#teignorocomoOmar) and some amusing exchanges with his beautiful co-hosts throughout the night.

A Yandel-less Wisin opened the ceremony with a lively performance of his latest hit, Que Viva la Vida. The first award of the night, Best Pop Vocal Album, went to Alejandro Sanz for “La Música No Se Toca”.

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Torontonian Fito Blanko was joined on stage by Toby Love and Mayrin Villanueva to present the Best Album de Música Banda award, resulting in a tie between Banda Los Recoditos and La Original Banda El Limón De Salvador Lizárraga.  Fito was also nominated this year for Mejor Interpretación Urbana, but lost to popular Miami-based Cuban megastar Pitbull, who surprisingly said to be very nervous receiving the award. “This is for all the Latinos all over the world.  Get ready!” He later took part in the show with a medley of his latest songs, including “Hecha Pa’llá (Manos Pa’rriba)” and was joined on stage at the end of his presentation by Enrique Iglesias to sing their duet “I Like How it Feels”.

Carlos Vives, who’s been absent from the spotlight for almost a decade, coming back this year as strong as if he’d never left, sang his most recent song “Quiero Casarme Contigo”.  His new album later won for Mejor Album de Fusión Tropical and he said “Thank you so much to our fans for not forgetting us after so many years of absence.” Smithers-based, Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba presented, along with Julieta Venegas, the Latin Grammy for “Canción del Año” to Carlos Vives for his song “Volví a Nacer”. Alex Cuba, coincidentally, who in 2010 won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, won this year another Latin Grammy for Music Video, short, for his song “Eres Tu”.


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Album of the Year surprisingly went to Draco Rosa for his latest album, Vida, and this marks another poignant moment in the life of the talented artist, having recently been declared cancer-free (he was diagnosed with a non-hodgkin lymphoma cancer near his liver) and having spent most of the past couple of years working on this album.

The award for Mejor Canción Urbana went to “Ula Ula” by Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas and the Latin Grammy for Mejor Interpretación Urbana went to Pitbull’s “Echa Pa’llá (Manos Pa’rriba)”. Mejor Álbum Vocal Pop Tradicional (Best Vocal Traditional Pop Album) went to Andrés Cepeda, who unfortunately (and to my deep disappointment, as he is definitely one of my favourite Spanish singer/songwriters) couldn’t be at the ceremony this year, having lost his passport on his way to Las Vegas and not having been allowed to board the plane.

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A very important part of the event was the presentation to Spanish crooner Miguel Bosé as Person of the Year.  Laura Pausini, Juanes and Ricky Martin paid tribute to the Spanish star, and after a heartfelt performance, this time around Ricky Martin had the honour of presenting the statuette, as he himself received the same award from the hands of Bosé a few years back.

Crowd (and a personal) favourite, Alejandro Sanz, was accompanied on stage by 30 Berklee Music School of Music students.  The singer recently received an honorary degree from the prestigious American university.

There were a few collaborations on stage, with Camila’s former member Mario Domm accompanying brother/sister duo Jesse and Joy at the piano.  Newcomer Leslie Grace gave a beautiful rendition of a bachata version of Be My Baby and Pablo Alborán, winner of New Artist of the Year a couple of years ago, was accompanied on stage by Zarcana, the newest production of Cirque du Soleil.  Another beautiful moment of the night took place when Enrique Iglesias performed a duet of his hit “Loco” with India Martínez.  Ricky Martin also performed along good friend Draco Rosa.

The newest sensation of Norteño music, the very good looking young singer El Dasa, gave a very lively performance of his most recent hit, “Pa’ La Raza”.  Latin legend Paquita la del Barrio got the audience on their feet and she pretty much performed her entire song in front of popular game show host Don Francisco.  It was a good thing she wasn’t singing “Rata de Dos Patas”.  The highlight of the whole event, however (not just for me, I think, but judging by the long standing ovation he received from most of the audience present at the theatre) was undoubtedly the performance of superstar salsa singer Marc Anthony, who got everyone dancing (something that doesn’t happen very often, if seems, in the sometimes stuffy event) and singing along to his unequalled beautiful voice, in an interpretation of his latest single “Vivir Mi Vida”.

The last performances of the night included crowd favourites Wisin and Yandel, coming together for this event (they both now have solo careers, but went their separate ways amicably– although it seems the crowd likes them better when they’re together) and the Giants of Salsa (after Sergio George won Producer of the Year and Best Salsa Album earlier in the night) Tito Nieves, Oscar D’Leon, Willy Chirino, Ismael Miranda and Jose Alberto ‘El Canario’ gave a thrilling rendition of “Es Un Gran Día” from his “Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants”.


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