Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa arrives at the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at Mandalay Bay on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Brenton Ho/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Awards went to Dominican songwriter Juan Luis Guerra, Mexican brother-sister pop duo Jesse & Joy, Spanish pop singer David Bisbal and Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval at the 13th Annual Latin Grammys on Thursday.
Hosted by actors Cristian De La Fuente and Lucero, the ceremony attracted superstars new and old, from across the world and from every Latin musical genre.
The event was like a big, multi-generational family party, with the young sharing the spotlight with older generations. Traditional genres blended with electronica and hip-hop on stage at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Casino. Colombian rocker Juanes paired up with Santana, DJ trio 3ball MTY threw down beats and Pitbull rapped with dancers wearing in gold spangled bikinis and hot pants.
Mexican brother-sister pop duo Jesse & Joy won best recording of the year for “Corre!” and best music video for “Me Voy.”
Guerra, who came into the ceremony as the leading nominee with six bids, won producer of the year for Juanes’ album “MTV Unplugged,” which is also up for album of the year. David Bisbal took home the mini-gramophone for best traditional vocal pop album.
Michel Telo, the Brazilian sertanejo or country music singer, performed with Las Vegas veterans Blue Man Group. Joy from Jesse & Joy strummed her guitar beside acrobats from Le Reve as fake snow fell on the stage.
Guerra led the race for the most awards with nominations in six categories, including record and song of the year for “En El Cielo No Hay Hospital,” which brought the audience to its feet when he performed it on stage. He can only win four awards, since he is competing against himself in two categories.
If Colombian rocker Juanes wins in three of the four categories he’s nominated, he will become the most decorated Latin Grammy winner, breaking the record held by Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13.
During a previous untelevised ceremony where 35 of the 47 awards were presented, jazzman Sandoval took home his sixth Latin Grammy for “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You).” He said it was as exciting as his first.
“The emotion is the same because one puts the same effort into each recording and the fact that the work is received well and respected by the public is a great satisfaction,” he said.
Puerto Rican reggae singer Don Omar and Uruguayan alt rock group Cuarteto de Nos won two Latin Grammys each.
Oaxacan roots singer Lila Downs won best folkloric album for “Pecados y Milagros.” Colombian singer Fonseca won for best tropical fusion album and Los Tucanes de Tijuana won best norteno album for “365 Dias,” the narcocorrido band’s 32nd album.
The Latin Grammy celebration kicked off Wednesday by presenting its person of the year award to Caetano Veloso, one of the founders of the Tropicalismo movement. The Brazilian singer, composer and activist was honored with performances by Juanes, Guerra, Nelly Furtado and Natalie Cole.