12 Latin Grammy Moments We Cannot Stop Talking About
Roselyn Sánchez made her big TV comeback hosting the Latin Grammys with Jaime Camil just weeks after the birth of her son Dylan. "How can she look like that after just giving birth,"Camil asked the audience. Before the show was in fullswing, Sánchez got teary-eyed as she asked for a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives during the recent natural disasters that took place in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Rapper René Perez Joglar — a.k.a 'Residente' — opened the show with an emotional musical tribute to his native Puerto Rico. He said most of the musicians sharing the stage with him lost everything after Hurricane Maria struck their island. "Puerto Rico can't get back up because it has always been standing," he said.
Natalia Lafourcade gave a tribute to Mexico — complete with mariachi — by singing a duet with Carlos Rivera. The charismatic singer ended her musical number by getting off the stage and asking a few VIPs in the front row to dance, including Regional Mexican crooner Alejandro Fernández and Colombian reggaeton star J.Balvin.
Last night, Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz was honored by the Latin Recording Academy as Person of the Year. After singing a medley of his hits, he brought a group of DREAMers onstage with him to recognize the importance of their fight for inmigration reform.
All eyes were on Venezuelan-American Youtube sensation Lele Pons, who wore this super sexy number on the red carpet. Although she only had a small cameo introducing J.Balvin's performance with fellow YouTuber Rudy Mancuso, she got lots of laughs when she messed up her copresenter's hair and smacked his bottom.
Colombian singer Juanes delivered a powerful message during his performance with Alessia Cara and rapper Logic. Juanes did a Spanish remix of Logic's song "1-800-273-8255" about suicide prevention. The chorus of the song shared the number to call for help. The choir, all dressed in white, held up signs showing the number for the crisis support hotline.
Hamilton composer, Lin Manuel Miranda received the President's Merit Award at the Latin Grammys. He dedicated it —again and again— to Puerto Rico. He promised to bring his Broadway hit to the island soon. In his emotional bilingual speech, where he described himself as "the weird theater kid with the half-gringo accent," he thanked his parents and his wife, saying: "Nobody gets here alone."
J. Balvin turned the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, where the awards show took place, into a thumping nightclub during his adrenaline-packed performance with French Montana, Bad Bunny and Steve Aoki.
Nicky Jam took the stage to perform hit "El Amante," which started on soft notes — uplugged with guitar — before spiraling into its full urban glory with a chorus of singers and captivating choreogrpahy.
Colombian pop sensation Maluma sang hit "Felices los 4" accompanied by violins. The Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy, as his fans call him, had to be bleeped during the telecast for using profanities.
Luis Fonsi gave wife Águeda López a romantic kiss before taking the stage to receive the award for Best Recording. The "Despacito" singer took home four trophies.
Fonsi closed the show with a new version of "Despacito," which started out acapella and then burst into a salsa duet with sonero Victor Manuelle. “People have already listened to it so many times," he said of his popular tune on the red carpet, "that I wanted to give it a special touch."