The Latin Grammys celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night. It did not disappoint. The action started on the red carpet and did not stop until the final award was presented. Generations of Latin music gathered under one roof to celebrate the many sight and sounds of this wonderful genre. Here are just a few of the memorable moments that will have you commenting, share and liking on your social feeds!
The Chilean musician Mon Laferte won a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album, however, he biggest moment was before the show even started.
While walking the red carpet in Las Vegas, singer-songwriter, stopped and opened her jacket to reveal the phrase “En Chile torturan violan y matan” scrawled on her chest. The phrase when translated means “In Chile they torture, rape and kill.” The form of protest was meant to address the police brutality in Chile. Check it out below.
Mon laferte did that on live television at Latin Grammys we stan luv “In Chile (people) are being tortured, raped and killed” pic.twitter.com/hFUChUUuLZ
— #ath ☆ jjk1 (@jeonlvr) November 15, 2019
Tribute to Latin Music Icons
The show opened with a tribute to some of Latin music’s biggest icons. In honor of Celia Cruz, Anitta joined merengue veterans Olga Tanon and Milly Quezada for a merengue version the classic “La Vida es un Carnival”. The performance then segued into Mexican crooners Carlos Rivera, Reik and Leonel Garcia collaborating to perform Juan Gabriel’s “Querida”. It was followed by Natalia Jimenez, Calibre 50 and Prince Royce joining forces to pay tribute to Joan Sebastian by performing “Secreto de Amor”. The opening number was closed by Draco Rosa, Fito Paez, Beto Cuevas and Ricky Martin performing “Musica Ligera” in honor of the late Argentine star Gustavo Cerati.
Rosalia has been on fire in 2019. The Latin Grammys were no exception. The artist continued to show how one can fuse the past with the present with her flamenco/urban set. She also nabbed no less than 5 Latin Grammys. Her 2018 album El Mar Quere won Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album, and Best Recording Package, while the single “Con Altura” was named Best Urban Song. Rosalia also performed a great medley which included “Con Altura” and her recent single “A Pale”. Check out the performance below.
Pedro Capo & Alicia Keys
Pedro Capo picked up a Latin Grammy for Song of the Year for his hit “Calma”. However, he also took to the stage to perform it with a few friends. Alicia Keys and Miguel joined Capó and Farruko for a breezy rendition of the ubiquitous hit song.
The trap artist took home a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Music Album for “X10o PRE”. In his acceptance speech he indirectly addressed the riff between the Academy and reggaetón, stating “[r]eggaeton is part of Latin culture and it’s representing us worldwide… The genre has become all about views and numbers… We need to bring something different.” He also took to the stage to perform twice, first as a trio with Ricky Martin and Residente to perform their song “Cántalo”. The song has its roots in the mass protests that occurred in Puerto Rico to protest then Governor Rosello. Mr. Bunny also, closed out the show with his club banger “Callaita”.