Top 6 Moments of the Latin Grammys 2017!

Top 6 Moments of the Latin Grammys 2017!

Last night was the 18th annual Latin Grammys, which were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Every year the show only gets better and this year was an unforgettable one.  From the performances to the awards, this year’s Latin Grammys were more than just music, so we have decided to highlight the top 6 best moments of the 2017 Latin Grammys:

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” wins four awards that night, which include: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton and In the Heights as well as composer for the movie Moana, recieves the Latin Recording Academy President’s Merit Award.  According to President and CEO of the Recording Academy Gabriel Abaroa Jr., it was given to Miranda for using his art to highlight key issues the Latin community fights for here in the US.

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Album of the Year was awarded to Ruben Blades for his album “Salsa Big Band”.  The win was a huge surprise, even to him as you see his reaction to his name being called.  According to an NPR article, Baldes’s album was recorded in a tiny studio and the music composition was very similar to that of Salsa in the late 1940s and 50s.

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Alejandro Sanz was awarded with the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year and for his live performance he sang “Corazon Partio” with a large group of DREAMers.  Since the Trump Administration announced the dismantling of the DREAM Act, which helps undocumented students who have grown up here, Sanz decided to bring them on stage with him to show solidarity and support to undocumented immigrants.

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Juanes paired up with Rapper Logic and singer Alessia Cara to sing “1800” to show support to those people who have considered suicide and to aid suicide prevention by creating awareness.

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Residente opened the Latin Grammys with a performance to “Hijos de Cañaveral” in support of his native home, Puerto Rico.  During the performance Residente says “Puerto Rico doesn’t pick itself up because Puerto Rico is always standing on its feet”.

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The 2017 Latin Grammys not only brought great music, performances and winners but it also brought a lot of meaning to the Latin community and brought to light many social issues that we all should fight for.  Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and we look forward to see what’s next for the 2018 Latin Grammys.

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