Juan Gabriel a post­hu­mous dou­ble win­ner at Latin Gram­mys

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Singer-song­writer Juan Gabriel had never re­ceived a Latin Grammy Award dur­ing his life­time, but on Thurs­day, he be­came a post­hu­mous dou­ble win­ner. The late Mex­i­can su­per­star won al­bum of the year and best vo­cal pop tra­di­tional al­bum for “Los Duo 2,” a col­lec­tion of his great­est hits per­formed by such lu­mi­nar­ies of Latin mu­sic as Marc An­thony, Ale­jan­dro Fer­nan­dez, Jose Feli­ciano and Wisin. A video trib­ute showed high­lights from his decades on­stage, and the pre­sen­ters of the night’s fi­nal prize called on the au­di­ence to “ap­plaud for the master.” Gabriel died in Au­gust at age 66. He was named the Latin Record­ing Acad­emy’s Per­son of the Year in 2009, and An­thony re­ceived the honor this year. Jen­nifer Lopez pre­sented the prize, steal­ing the show with her duet with An­thony on “Olvi­dame y Pega la Vuelta,” fol­lowed by a heart­felt speech in which she de­scribed her ex-hus­band as “a liv­ing leg­end.” He was feted in a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day but re­ceived the award from Lopez on Thurs­day’s show, held at Las Ve­gas’ T-Mo­bile Arena and broad­cast live on Univi­sion. “Marc, you are a liv­ing leg­end who has laid bare your heart and soul on your mu­si­cal jour­ney... An artist mag­i­cal and pure who has given us clas­sics that will stay with us for­ever,” Lopez said in Spanish. “On our own per­sonal and artis­tic jour­ney, we’ve learned so much and we’ve grown so much, and you’ve al­ways been so many things in my life: my men­tor, a twin soul, a fa­ther who’s not only the Per­son of the Year, he’s the per­son of all time.” The au­di­ence cheered, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” and the for­mer cou­ple obliged with a small peck. An­thony and Lopez were wed from 2004 to 2011. He has been mar­ried to Venezue­lan model Shan­non De Lima since 2014. Car­los Vives won record and song of the year hon­ors for “La Bi­ci­cleta,” his duet with Shakira. Vives, who also per­formed the song dur­ing Thurs­day’s show, thanked “the Spanish- speak­ing com­mu­nity all over the world” as he ded­i­cated his award to his fam­ily and home­land of Colom­bia. Shakira did not at­tend the cer­e­mony. Vives ac­cepted the golden gramo­phone from singer-song­writer Juli­eta Vene­gas and ac­tor-di­rec­tor Diego Luna, whose mes­sage of unity among Lati­nos was an in­di­rect al­lu­sion to the rhetoric of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump. “To­gether we can fight hate and dis­crim­i­na­tion,” Luna said. “We are stronger to­gether.” Show co-host Rose­lyn Sanchez also said, “There shouldn’t be walls that sep­a­rate us,” but no one men­tioned Trump’s name from the stage. The show be­gan with a strong mes­sage in de­fense of Lati­nos, as Juanes and Pablo Lopez per­formed “Tu Ene­migo” (“Your En­emy”), backed by a gospel choir and Cirque du Soleil gym­nasts. The song in­cludes the lyric, “your hands are my flag and I have a song as my bor­der.”

Sanchez re­peated the lyric af­ter their per­for­mance, say­ing, “the only bar­ri­ers that should ex­ist are the songs.” Mex­i­can singer Carla Mor­ri­son, who won the Latin Grammy for best al­ter­na­tive song for “Vez Primera,” ded­i­cated the award to “all Lati­nos who are in this coun­try, that the walls would only be men­tal and we can de­stroy them and never be sep­a­rated.” — AP

Nas­tassja Bo­li­var

Record­ing artists Joy Huerta and Jesse Huerta of Jesse y Joy ac­cept Best Con­tem­po­rary Pop Vo­cal Al­bum.

Los Fab­u­losos Cadil­lacs ac­cept the award for Best Rock Al­bum dur­ing the show of the 17th An­nual Latin Grammy Awards.

In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Mex­i­can singer-song­writer, Juan Gabriel, per­forms at the Na­tional Au­di­to­rium in Mex­ico City. — AP/AFP pho­tos

Singer Car­los Vives poses with the Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Randy Mal­com Martinez (left) and Alexan­der Del­gado, of Gente de Zona, ac­cept the award for Best Trop­i­cal Fu­sion Albu.

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