Colombian artists dominated the Grammy awards for Latin music, presented on Thursday in the Spanish city of Seville, reported AFP.
Carol G won the prize for the best album of the year, and her compatriot Shakira also triumphed, thanks to her joint work with Argentinian DJ Bizarap, reports BTA.
The ceremony, held for the first time outside the United States, honors the best Spanish or Portuguese-language albums, songs and artists. The Latin Grammys were first announced in 2000.
The 32-year-old singer Carol G received the most coveted “turntable” – for best album, but also for best urban music album for “Manana Sera Bonito”, as well as for best urban performance for the hit TQG ( Te Quedó Grande), which she performed with Shakira.
“To win album of the year is so great,” said an enthused Carole G as she received the night’s most prestigious award. Carol G’s success confirms the increasingly important place of reggaeton. This music genre emerged in the 90s and has been regularly awarded at the Latin Grammys since 2020.
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Shakira also took to the stage three times at the Palace of Congresses in the Andalusian capital to receive three awards. Two of these were earned thanks to her collaboration with Argentinian DJ Bizarap on their hit Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53, which took home Song of the Year and Best Pop Song.
The track has been streamed nearly 1.5 billion times on Spotify and YouTube and the Colombian star called it a “huge relief” following her split from ex-footballer Gerard Pique.
“There was a lot of work on this song, but Shaky was able to express what he feels and that’s the most important thing,” said DJ, composer and producer Bizarap, who at 25 has become the most listened-to Argentine artist in the world.
Shakira dedicated the trophies to her “Latino audience” and to her sons Milan and Sasha, born from her relationship with Pique, whom she promised would “grow up happy”.
For the Colombian singer, these victories are welcome because on Monday she is due to appear in court in Barcelona for alleged tax fraud.
In addition to Shakira and Carole G, their compatriots Juanes, Carlos Vives and the group Monsieur Perrin also won several Grammy Awards.
Until now, the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony has traditionally been held in Las Vegas and other US cities with large Spanish-speaking populations such as Miami, New York and Houston.