The Puerto Rican group Calle 13 (Eduardo Cabra—known on stage as Visitante—and rapper René Pérez Joglar, Residente) did it again! [See previous post Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 leads Latin Grammy nods.] They now have 21 Latin Grammy wins. As Billboard reports, Calle 13 lived up to their reputation of fearlessly taking a political stand; midway through the song, “El Aguante,” Pérez took off his jacket to reveal a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Ayotzinapa, 43 missing,” an allusion to the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, who have disappeared and are presumed killed.
Other winners were Marc Anthony (Puerto Rico), Juanes and Carlos Vives (both from Colombia), Enrique Iglesias and Paco de Lucía (both from Spain). Here are excerpts from Pan American World:
Enrique Iglesias picked up three awards including song of the year for his platinum hit, “Bailando,” while Calle 13 set a record – 21 wins – at the 2014 Latin Grammys.
“We are happy. We have 21 (Latin) Grammys and it is a dream. We never thought we would have this in our lives,” said Calle 13 vocalist Rene Perez backstage to reporters after the show. The group won best alternative song for “El Aguante” and urban music album for “Multiviral,” their fifth album but the first to be released on their own label.
The event, which took place in Las Vegas, was delayed 17 minutes due to President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement, and several celebrities praised the announcement during and after the ceremony. Iglesias, son of acclaimed singer Julio Iglesias, accepted his awards from Paris, where he was touring, and a taped performance of his hit song closed the show.
Other winners included Paco de Lucia – the iconic Mexican [sic] guitarist who died earlier this year – who won album of the year and best Flamenco album for “Canción Andaluza.” Colombian singer Juanes won best pop/rock album for “Loco De Amor,” Marc Anthony won best salsa album for “3.0,” and Carlos Vives won for best contemporary tropical song and album.
Also see http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/calle-13s-viral-maserati-smashing-evolution-20141120#ixzz3Jx1jaV6J and http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6327510/latin-grammy-awars-latin-grammys-president-obama-immigration