Photo: Placido Domingo (bottom), Juan Luis Guerra (top left), Camila (top right) -- Juan Laverde
New comers and old greats shared the stage Thursday at the Latin Grammy. No better example of the mix was Dominican merengue superstar Juan Luis Guerra and Mexican pop group Camila winning three awards each.
Mario Domm of Camila, gave a touching speech on the band’s third trip to the stage, saying, “Three Grammys in one night… Many years, many empty pages, many phrases that are in a drawer and suddenly one has the luck to reach your hearts.”
Juan Luis Guerra opened the Las Vegas show with a duet with famed trumpeter Chris Botti, singing, “Lola’s Mambo” off his award winning CD, “A son de Guerra.”
Guerra’s three trophies from the 2010 awards bring his total Latin Grammy wins to 12.
“‘A son de Guerra’ is an album with romantic characteristics but also social,” Guerra said accepting his third award.
“I think the time has come for us to call things like they are ... and also to reclaim better justice, more honesty and more integrity for the people of Latin America, so this is for a better Latin America.”
Placido Domingo was clearly emotional as Ricky Martin presented the famed tenor with the award for Person of the Year.
The night also saw a number of interesting musical performance pairings. Up-and-comer Prince Royce sang his version of “Stand By Me” with the song’s originator, Ben E. King, and Enrique Iglesias preformed alongside Wisin y Yandel, a reggaeton group. Other performers included Marc Anthony, who lost for Best Pop Album; and Camila, who won Record of the Year, Best Pop Album by a Duo or Group, and songwriter, Domm, won Song of the Year for the trio’s “Mientes.”
Portuguese singer, Nelly Furtado (of Canada) won Best Female Pop Vocal Album for her Spanish CD “Mi plan”, and also performed. Superstar Alejandro Sanz won Best Male Pop Album, though he was up for four awards, and the award for Best New Artist went to Cuban-Canadian, Alex Cuba. Uruguayan, Jorge Drexler, who, like Sanz, has four nominations, went home empty handed.
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