Shakira wins four awards at Latin Grammys

By SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS
New York:

Shakira dominated the Latin Grammy awards as she won a leading four trophies, including album of the year for Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 and song and record of the year honours for La Tortura, her smouldering duet with Alejandro Sanz. Though Shakira, who also won best female pop vocal album, stole the spotlight at the event on Thursday night — gyrating her way through a rendition of La Tortura with her chest heaving and hips swaying — she also took the time to shine a light on one of the most heated issues in the US, that of immigrants working in this country illegally. She threw her support to those trying to become citizens as they work without documentation.

“I hope soon they will receive they recognition they deserve from the government,” the Colombian superstar said. The engineers of Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 also won a Grammy. Three awards, including best new artist, went to Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13 during the New York debut for the awards show honouring Spanish and Portuguese language speaking artists. Calle 13 picked up awards for best music album and best short music video Grammy for its reggaeton song Atrevete te, te! Its members were ecstatic as they won, bouncing onstage to pick up the video award. “I’m honestly wetting myself,” Calle 13 rap per and lyricist Residente.

“I’m very nervous. I want an arroz con habichuelas when I get to my house,” he said in reference to the Puerto Rican staple of rice and beans.

Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati collected two awards: best rock song for Crimen and best rock vocal album for Ahi vamos. Salsa legend Gilberto Santa Rosa took home his first Grammy every: best salsa album for Asi es Nuestra Navidad, recorded with Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. “I had the record as the most nominated without winning, so I’m super surprised,” said Santa Rosa, during a show laced with salsa by Willie Colon, la Fania All-Stars, Andy Montanez and Tito Nieves. Other winners included Mexican singer/accordion player Julieta Venegas, who was nominated for four awards. She won best alternative album for Limon y Sal in the pre-televised awards ceremony. Under the Mexican regional award categories, Joan Sebastian took away the best banda album award for Mas alla del Sol. The self-titled disc by Cafe de los Maestros won best tango album. The recording’s Argentine producer, Gustavo Santaolalla, already won an Oscar this year for best original score on the movie Brokeback Mountain and recently composed music for the film Babel.

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