It was a case of sharing the wealth at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
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The big names were all out in force but the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Thursday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was a celebration of the lesser known and the newcomers such as the pop rock duo Jesse & Joy, singer and songwriter Carla Morrison, and 3BallMTY (read Tribal Monterrey), a DJ-anchored group that created its own style they call tribal guarachoso.Still the big winner last night was Latin music which had a glittery showcase for so much of its diversity and vitality.
POTY Video GalleryPOTY Photo GalleryThe career of Brazilian singer and songwriter Caetano Veloso is marked by era-defining songs. His music has been part of the soundtrack of the lives of several generations of Latin music fans. Summing it all up in a one-hour show seems an insurmountable challenge.
In his opening remarks at the Special Awards ceremony at the Four Seasons Ballroom in Las Vegas Wednesday Gabriel Abaroa, President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy, set the tone: “This is the event with the greatest depth, heart and love we produce as an organization.” The message, he said, was “simple and can be summed up in one word, ‘Thanks.’”
2012 LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY PERSON OF THE YEAR CAETANO VELOSO AND ARTURO SANDOVALIN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE SENSATO FEATURING SAK NOEL AND PITBULL PABLO ALBORAN, EL BEBETO, AMERICA SIERRA, AND SKY BLU ADDED TO THE STELLAR LINEUP FOR THE BIGGEST NIGHT IN LATIN MUSIC™
AMAURY GUTIERREZ, JOTDOG, GIAN MARCO, CUARTETANGO STRING QUARTET, MILLY QUEZADA, AND PASION VEGA TO PARTICIPATE IN XIII ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY® PRE-TELECAST CEREMONY
The Pre-Telecast and Latin GRAMMY En Vivo Will Stream Live on LatinGRAMMY.com Beginning at 1:30 p.m., from House of Blues Inside Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 15