The winners of the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® were announced tonight during a live broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The three-hour special aired on the Univision Network, and was hosted by Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sánchez.
The Biggest Night in Latin Music® was the culmination of a festive week of spectacular, sold-out events that brought together the most talented musicians, performers and dancers from the world of Latin music. From private parties and star-studded red carpets to the glamorous stages with incredible performers playing to packed houses, the best of the best came together for an inspirational, joy-filled celebration that helped our communities begin healing after recent national disasters.
Throughout the week, guests were treated to the inaugural Leading Ladies of Entertainment Luncheon honoring women who have excelled in the arts and sciences, and made indelible impressions and contributions to the Latin entertainment industry.
The homages continued as eight music legends were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Trustees Awards. The highly anticipated 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™ ceremony honored 18-time Latin GRAMMY and three-time GRAMMY winner Alejandro Sanz for his artistry and substantial philanthropic contributions.
Premiere and LIVE Telecast
The Premiere ceremony was hosted by three-time Latin GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Tommy Torres. It began with performances by Latin GRAMMY nominees Tiago Iorc, Las Migas, Debi Nova, and Sig Ragga. Presenters included Paula Arenas, Eduardo Cabra, César Camargo Mariano, and Miranda!
Among the highlights from the LIVE 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards:
- Residente opened the show with “Hijos del Cañaveral,” accompanied onstage by an impressive ensemble of Puerto Rican musicians.
- Natalia LaFourcade, alongside Carlos Rivera, Flor De Toloache and Los Macorinos, played a medley of “Mexicana Hermosa” and “Tú Sí Sabes Quererme.”
- 2007 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™ Juan Luis Guerra presented Alejandro Sanz with the 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year award. Sanz sang “Cuando Nadie Me Ve” and “No Es Lo Mismo,” and was joined onstage by 40 “DREAMers.”
- Juanes performed with Logic, and Alessia Cara moved the audience with her medley of “Es Tarde” and “1-800-273-8255.”
- Bronco and Ha*Ash performed the Armando Manzanero classic “Adoro” on its 25th anniversary.
- Banda El Recodo, featuring Lila Downs, sang “En Mi Viejo San Juan” and the ranchera “Viva México.”
- Luis Fonsi closed the show with “Despacito,” accompanied by Víctor Manuelle, Bomba Estéreo, and Diplo.
Additionally, The Latin Recording Academy’s President /CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. presented the President’s Merit Award to award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda for his outstanding and numerous contributions to the Latin community.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards was available via Facebook Live. The live stream included interviews from various locations, including the red carpet, Latin GRAMMY Premiere® ceremony, backstage, and the media center.
The 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were supported by Univision’s multiple platforms, which include digital, social and radio, and feature video interviews and photos, an extensive archive of past shows, a live blog, behind-the-scenes footage and dedicated forums for fans to share their excitement leading up to the live broadcast on www.latingrammy.com and www.univision.com/latingrammy. Univision Radio is the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards.
Additionally, the telecast was distributed internationally to more than 80 countries.
The Latin GRAMMY Awards are voted on by The Latin Recording Academy®‘s international membership body of music makers, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers. The 2017 nominees were selected from nearly 10,000 submissions across 48 categories during the eligibility period (July 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017).
For a complete list of winners please visit the official Latin Recording Academy website at LatinGRAMMY.com.
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ABOUT THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY:
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com.