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Latin Grammys Sticks to Past Winners, But Shines in World-Traversing Telecast

J Balvin, Residente, Alejandro Sanz, and Natalia Lafourcade all take home awards in show that highlighted a global array of talent

11/20/2020 6:52:00 PM

Last night's LatinGRAMMYs mostly stuck to past winners, but the show deftly highlighted the global array of talent in its world-traversing telecast. Our recap:

J Balvin , Residente, Alejandro Sanz, and Natalia Lafourcade all take home awards in show that highlighted a global array of talent

The telecast, meanwhile, floated back and forth to other corners of the globe. On a rooftop stage in Madrid, the Spanish singer José Luis Perales launched into several classics, among them his 1982 song, “Y Cómo Es Él?” In Guadalajara, Alejandro Fernández teamed up with Cristian Nodal and Calibre 50 for a

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tribute to Mexican ranchera/regional music. (Fernández also won this year’s Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album for Hecho En Mexico.) In Buenos Aires, Argentines Fito Páez and Nathy Peluso combined balladry and flamenco.But as optimistic a tone as the show tried to strike, the grim issues facing the U.S. and Latin America never seemed too distant. The ceremony came on a day in which the U.S. hit 250,000 deaths as a result of the coronavirus, a number that has surpassed worst-case estimates the White House predicted back in April. Pitbull acknowledged those who have worked on the frontlines to fight the virtue by performing “I Believe That We Will Win (World Anthem)” alongside a band comprised of first responders. There was also a brief mention and call of support for Central Americans dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta and Hurricane Iota, back-to-back storms that have resulted in widespread destruction and nearly 30 deaths. And, while introducing Los Tigres Del Norte to the stage, co-host Ana Brenda Contreras hoped for families separated through unjust immigration policies to one day reunite and urged DREAMERS to stay hopeful.

Record Of The Year went to the Spanish balladeer Alejandro Sanz for his emotional cut “Contigo.” That category had included “Vete” by Bad Bunny, who provided a show standout by taking the audience to Puerto Rico’s Teodoro Moscoso bridge, where he rapped his hit “Bichiyal” from a Bugatti surrounded by a small army of roaring ATVs and motorbikes. Always inclined to show off his softer side, he transitioned into a heavily acoustic, hippied-out version of “Si Veo a Tu Mamá,” performed by the women-led band Las Atípicas. headtopics.com

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