Juan Gabriel a posthumous double winner at Latin Grammys
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
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.