The Latin Grammy green carpet was canceled, but there was plenty of action behind the scenes. We were inside the Mandalay Bay Center (Nov. 21) with a front row to the stars, the music and all the things that did not make the live broadcast.
The green carpet never happened as rain fell over Las Vegas, but there were no dampened spirits during the 14th edition of Latin Grammys which celebrated the well-known faces of music and some of the newer voices.
Rain had been forecast for Las Vegas since Monday. But come Thursday afternoon, when it came time for artists to start walking the green carpet at the Latin Grammys, the water was coming down and there was no contingency plan in place.
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