Photo: Carlos Vives
Carlos Vives won three awards and seemed on his way to a sweep at the 14th Latin Grammys, until Draco Rosa and Marc Anthony jumped in and took the trophies for Album of the Year and Record of the Year, respectively.
Vives did come away with the most prizes, however: Song of the Year, Best Tropical Song - both for “Volvi a Nacer” - and Best Tropical Fusion Album for “Corazon Profundo.”
In the course of his career, the 52-year-old Colombian has now picked up of six Latin Grammys.
Rosa, visibly moved, admitted that his victory for “Vida” was unexpected. “You never know. Many thanks to my people for supporting me in this difficult time. Music is great,” he said with reference to his diagnosis for cancer 2 1/2 years ago.
For his part, Anthony, who raised his golden gramophone with a cry of “Boricuas!” (Puerto Ricans!), dedicated the honor to his children and acknowledged that this triumph comes at a “very special moment” in his life.
The Argentine group Bajofondo, Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade and Brazil’s Caetano Veloso took two golden gramophones each in the event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The gala got off to an unfortunately soggy start as downpours in Las Vegas kept celebrities from strutting the green carpet, though the 3-hour show later came through with emotional moments that brought the audience to its feet, notably for the appearances of Paquita la del Barrio, Miguel Bose and Natalie Cole.
Alejandro Sanz took home the prize for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album for “La Musica no se Toca,” no less than the 16th Latin Grammy of his career.