- The hottest stars stepped out for the 2017 Latin GRAMMY Awards to celebrate the biggest night in Latin music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday night.
The three-hour show, hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil, included sizzling performances by Luis Fonsi, Steve Aoki, Alessia Cara, J Balvin, Maluma and Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, among others.
Juanes and Luis Fonsi were among the first winners of the night, with the “Despactio” singer taking home all four awards he was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Shakira, who is currently on vocal rest and absent from the ceremony, won Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for her latest record, El Dorado.
ET caught up with Fonsi, who was nominated for four Latin GRAMMYs, before the ceremony, where he expressed how much the awards show means to him.
“The Latin GRAMMYs to me are the most important music award for Latin music and to have four nominations is certainly an honor,” said Fonsi, who won his first Latin GRAMMY in 2009 for “Aqui Estoy Yo,” which was awarded Song of the Year.
“To have Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominations are two huge categories, those two have a lot of weight,” he added. “But, you can’t control whether you win or lose and all the artists that are nominated are amazing, so I’m really just truly blessed to be among a great group of artists that I admire.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda was also honored with the President’s Merit Award for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community, including his relief efforts for Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Upon taking the stage, the Hamilton creator thanked his team and his wife, Vanessa Nadal.
“My people! Thank you, it’s an honor to be here,” Miranda began his Spanglish speech. “No one gets here alone,” he added before expressing how proud he was of the Latino community and dedicating the award to Puerto Rico.
“I know I’m a weird theater kid here, with a weird accent,” he continued. “But let’s keep collaborating and show the world that Latinos can change the world when we collaborate.”
Album Of The Year:
Salsa Big Band — Rubén Blades and Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Record Of The Year:
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
Best New Artist:
Best Urban Fusion / Performance:
“Despacito” (Remix) — Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Salón, Lágrimas y Deso—Lila Downs
Best Urban Album:
Best Urban Song:
“Somos Anormales”—Rafael Arcaute, Igor Koshkendey & Residente, Songwriters (Residente)
Best Alternative Music Album:
Jei Beibi — Café Tacvba
Best Alternative Song:
“Amárrame” —Mon Laferte, Songwriter (Mon Laferte feat. Juanes)
Best Rock Album:
La Gran Oscilación—Diamante Eléctrico
Best Pop/Rock Album:
Mis Planes son Amarte—Juanes
Best Rock Song: (TIE)
“Déjala Rodar”—Diamante Eléctrico, Songwriters (Diamante Eléctrico)& “La Noche”—Andrés Calamaro, Songwriter (Andrés Calamaro)
Best Regional Song (A Songwriter’s Award):
“Siempre Es Así” — Juan Treviño, songwriter (Juan Treviño featuring AJ Castillo)
Best Salsa Album:
Salsa Big Band—Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Ni Un Paso Atrás—Jorge Celedón Y Sergio Luis Rodríguez
Best Contemporary Tropical Album:
Best MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) Album:
Dos Navegantes — Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, and Mauro Senise