It was an upset solely within the sense that going into the ceremony, it appeared as if Puerto Rican famous person Dangerous Bunny — the most nominated artist at this yr’s occasion — was poised for a sweep. The Latin lure visionary — whose chart-topping album “Un Verano Sin Ti” is essentially the most streamed album of the yr — wasn’t on the awards present, as he’s slated to carry out in Medellín, Colombia, on Friday. In the end, the 28-year-old rapper, whose actual title is Benito Martínez Ocasio, received 5 awards within the present’s rap and hip-hop classes.
It was Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler who took essentially the most trophies on the awards present, sharing two of essentially the most coveted prizes — document and music of the yr — with Spanish rapper C. Tangana. Drexler’s trophy haul additionally included greatest pop music (for “La Guerrilla De La Concordia”) in a tie with Sebastián Yatra’s “Tacones Rojos,” greatest various music, greatest singer-songwriter album and greatest Portuguese-language music.
Performers on the ceremony, which was broadcast on Univision from Las Vegas’s Michelob Extremely Enviornment, included Yatra, Rosalía, Ángela Aguilar, Rauw Alejandro, Karol G, and Romeo Santos. The telecast was hosted by Mexican singer Thalía, Brazilian pop star Anitta, Puerto Rican crooner Luis Fonsi and Italian musician Laura Pausini.
The true spotlight of the ceremony was the second 95-year-old Angela Alvarez received greatest new artist, in a tie with Mexican singer Silvana Estrada. Examine her speech and different memorable moments; an inventory of the principle class winners is beneath.
The star-studded present opener
Fonsi, Pausini and Thalía, joined by Mexican duo Sin Bandera, led a tribute to the Latin Recording Academy’s “Particular person of the Yr” Marco Antonio Solís of Los Bukis fame. The tribute additionally featured Gente de Zona, the Cuban duo who appeared on the 2021 ceremony’s music of the yr — the protest anthem “Patria y Vida.” They had been joined by Cuban singer Aymée Nuviola and Goyo, of the Colombian hip-hop trio Chocquibtown.
Rauw Alejandro’s space-forward medley
The Puerto Rican singer gave among the finest performances of the night time sampling from his newest album, “Saturno,” whereas wanting like a futuristic Sherlock Holmes in an oversize metallic trench coat and assertion sun shades.
A 95-year-old grandmother’s tie for greatest new artist.
Cuban native Angela Alvarez, 95, tied for greatest new artist alongside Mexican singer Silvana Estrada, 25, triumphing in a dynamic class whose youngest contender Yahritza Martinez of Yahritza y su Esencia is nonetheless in her teenagers. Alvarez gave one of many night time’s greatest speeches, thanking the Recording Academy “and all those who have helped me arrive at this second.” It’s a gaggle that features Cuban American actor Andy Garcia, who produced and narrated a documentary about Alvarez’s life, and her grandson, composer Carlos José Alvarez, who started recording the songs Alvarez had beforehand solely carried out for household.
“I wish to dedicate this award to God and to my beloved nation, Cuba, which I’ll by no means be capable to overlook,” Alvarez mentioned in her poignant acceptance speech. “To those that haven’t fulfilled their dream, though life is troublesome, there may be at all times a method out and with religion and love you’ll be able to obtain it.”
Rauw and Rosalia as energy couple
Followers of the Barcelona native had been handled to definitive proof her relationship with fellow Latin pop star Rauw Alejandro — the second-most nominated artist this yr, with eight nods — goes sturdy. If their playful grinding throughout Rosalia’s efficiency of “Despechá” didn’t verify it, her acceptance speech shout-out to “the love of my life” definitely did.
4 individuals sharing internet hosting duties might imply too many cooks within the kitchen, however the Latin Grammys favor a number of hosts, and it hardly ever appears too crowded. This yr’s staff struck a steadiness with the low-key Fonsi and Pausini reverse Anitta and Thalía, who introduced upcoming acts with the keenness of Oprah Winfrey giving everybody a brand new automotive.
Sebastián Yatra and John Legend carry out “Tacones Rojos” (“Pink Heels”)
The cabaret-inspired efficiency by Yatra, additionally nominated for eight awards at Thursday’s ceremony, was as charming because the Colombian singer and his EGOT collaborator on the “Tacones Rojos” remix.
Christina Aguilera carried out with Christian Nodal
The pop star received greatest conventional vocal album for “Aguilera,” which marked her hotly anticipated return to Latin music (many years after she launched her first Spanish-language album, “Mi Reflejo”). Aguilera teamed up for a powerhouse mariachi duet with Mexican singer Christian Nodal, who later took residence greatest ranchero/mariachi album for “EP #1 Forajido.”
Anitta’s nod to “Vai Malandra”
The Brazilian singer took a quick break from her co-hosting duties to carry out a medley that included “Vai Malandra,” the 2017 hit that put the document of the yr nominee on the worldwide map.
The “city” classes
Dangerous Bunny wasn’t shut out of the principle classes, precisely. Rosalía (who collaborated with the rapper on the 2020 hit “La Noche de Anoche”) was a formidable contender within the album of the yr class, which additionally included Bomba Estéreo’s “Deja,” Marc Anthony’s “Pa’lla Voy” and Yatra’s “Dharma.” And although Drexler, one other album of the yr nominee, appeared shocked to win each document and music of the yr, these prestigious classes might have gone to a spread of artists together with Rosalía, Alejandro and Aguilera.
However there’s a sure dissonance in Dangerous Bunny — whose album is the yr’s greatest by a number of measures — not profitable in any of the ceremony’s main classes. This yr’s outcomes are consultant of an ongoing drawback that prompted a number of reggaeton artists, together with Daddy Yankee, to boycott the ceremony in protest of its therapy of chart-topping reggaeton artists, who’ve usually been relegated to style classes. The Latin Recording Academy added new hip-hop classes in recent times, however what does it imply if genre-transcending artists reminiscent of Dangerous Bunny are usually sidelined from the principle classes?
That mentioned, the Latin Grammys have been light-years forward of the so-dubbed “gringo Grammys” with regards to Latin artists throughout genres (see: Anitta, who’s up for greatest new artist at a ceremony she’ll attend months after co-hosting and performing on the Latin Grammys). By the way, the opposite Grammys ceremony — which has its personal fraught historical past with hip-hop artists and nonetheless has an extended method to go by way of recognizing musical expertise on a world scale — introduced Dangerous Bunny as one of many nominees for album of the yr on the ceremony, which will probably be held on Feb. 5.
“Tocarte,” Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana
Angela Alvarez; Silvana Estrada
“Tocarte,” Jorge Drexler and C. Tangana
“Tacones Rojos,” Sebastián Yatra; Jorge Drexler “La Guerrilla De La Concordia”
Greatest reggaeton efficiency
“Lo Siento BB:/,” Dangerous Bunny, Tainy, Julieta Venegas
Greatest city fusion efficiency
“Titi Me Preguntó,” Dangerous Bunny
“Un Verano Sin Ti,” Dangerous Bunny
“De Museo,” Dangerous Bunny
“Pa’lla Voy,” Marc Anthony
See the total checklist of winners right here.