Pre-telecast ceremony is dominated by veterans & politics.
Veteran established names were the early winners at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards, with Alejandro Sanz, Paula Fernandes, Fonseca, J Balvin, Juan Gabriel, India, Los Tigres Del Norte, Julieta Venegas and Michael Salgado, among others, taking home trophies at the pre-telecast.
Beyond the wins, the early ceremony featured heartfelt speeches, with multiple calls for unity through music in the post-Donald Trump era.
“Walls should be only mental,” said Mexican alt/rocker Carla Morrison, who won best alternative song for “Vez primera.” “I hope us as a Latin community can focus on making quality music, sending a message of equality and quality in music to the new artists who aspire to be on this stage. It’s important that we open our minds to give inspiration through music. We should not only talk about love. We have to open consciousness and open doors for new generations. Let’s not allow some orange son of a bitch take away our mental, spiritual and emotional liberty,” she added, directly referencing Trump, though not naming him.