A stage with brightly colored arches that evoked those that make up the cover of the April Fair and emblematic spaces of Seville They have put a Sevillian touch to the 24th gala of the Grammys that have been held for the first time outside the United States.
The nods to Seville and Andalusia have been constant. Rosia has recovered a popular song by Rocío Jurado with a message to Rauw Alejandro, Andrea Bocelli singing in ‘Granada’ while some dancers with a Spanish cape and bata de cola danced, or Alejandro Sanz with his ‘Corazón partío’ between fans and shawls of his group of dancersfrom the Higher School of Performing Arts of Malaga (ESAM).
Female talent has been the true protagonist of this edition of the Latin Grammy Awardsin which Natalia Lafourcade, Shakira y Karol G They have been crowned the top winners with three awards each, and the most important prizes of the night are distributed: Record of the year, Song of the Year y Album of the year.
The Mexican Natalia Lafourcade has snatched the Record of the Year award from some of the edition’s favorites: Camilo, Karol G, or the Spanish Pablo Alborán, who hoped to get his first gramophone.
‘All the flowers’ by Lafourcade has won the main prize, the Recording of the Year, a category in which ‘Despechá’ by Rosalía, the Shakira and Bizarrap session, or ‘La Formula’ by Maluma and Marc Anthony competed.
Flamenco has also been very present especially with the demand for Pastori Girl, winner of one of the gramophone awards for ‘Camino’ as best flamenco album. “Flamenco is today where it is and it is not a minority, but it is a category.“, a phrase that drew applause from the audience.
The nods to Seville have also been visible during the premiere of the gala, in which the stage has been a mixture of a classic image with a more modern one, and in the promotional videos that have been broadcast between the breaks of the broadcast, offered by RTVE in collaboration with Univisión.
The mayor of Seville, José Luis Sanz, has shown his satisfaction because the nominees “have enjoyed the city, and their city.” While the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has announced that Andalusia will bid again for this event to be held in the community again in 2025.
The Malaga actor Antonio Banderas was in charge of welcoming those attending the gala and applauded the Latin Recording Academy for the choice of Seville and Andalusia, “fertile land of creation”, listing below Lorca and Picasso, among many other names of illustrious Andalusians. “Andalusia is the pentagram on which you can write the story of your life“, he cried out to the audience.
The top winners
Lafourcade arrived at the gala, held at the Seville Conference Center (Fibes), after having won two Latin Grammy Awards at the Premiere, a previous event that ha covered the red carpetperformances by nominees, and the presentation of most of the awards.
In this segment, the Mexican artist has won the awards for Best Singer-songwriter Album, for ‘Todas las flores’, and Best Singer-songwriter Song, for the song that gives its name to the album.
The truth is the great celebration of Latin music has been dominated by female talent. Karol G has won the Album of the Year and Best Urban Music Album categories with his album ‘Mañana will be nice’. The Colombian was visibly excited on stage, where she acknowledged that “I can’t believe” that the grand prize of the urban genre “goes to a woman.”
It has also been a great night for Shakira and her collaborations. ‘TQG’, together with Karol G, has won the award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance. On the other hand, her ‘Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53’ together with Argentine producer Bizarrap has won two Latin Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Pop Song.
Shakira attended the gala with her children, who also participated in one of her mother’s live performances, singing some previously recorded verses from ‘Acróstico’. Likewise, the Colombian has not hesitated to make allusions to her personal life, stating that “there is nothing in the past” and that she promises her children “to be happy.”
New Artist and Person of the Year
Two of the most special awards at the presentation gala have also gone to women. The Venezuelan Joaquina has won Best New Artist, a recognition that has brought the winner to tears.
On the other hand, Laura Pausini She has been named Person of the Year, and thanks the public for making her “the most Latin Italian in the world!” She further adds that this award proves that her “adoption is legal” and that “our souls will remain together forever.”
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