Latin Grammys Early Wins: 'Despacito' Reigns, Eduardo Cabra Takes Producer of the Year & Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album

Lila Downs, Mon Laferte and Natalia Lafourcade also took trophies in the early awards ceremony.

They are best known as the Calle 13 duo, but during the pre-telecast of the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards, Residente and Visitante won individual awards for best urban album and producer of the year, respectively.

“This is a very special day,” Eduardo “Visitante” Cabrera said as he received his award. “I want to thank all those maestros who have taught us lessons and told us their stories. This has been an incredible year.”

“Despacito” took home early awards for best urban album fusion/performance in addition to best short form video, which director Carlos R. Perez said is a song that is putting Latin music in a major spotlight more than ever.

“Latino culture is becoming more influential globally, and in the overall culture it’s a huge accomplishment," said Perez, who later took a more serious tone, adding that filming the video in Puerto Rico continues to shed light of the recent events around the hurricane and the response by the government.

“It’s a serious fucking issue,” Perez said. “The reaction from the U.S. government should have been more aggressive. The president is a fucking joke.”

Chilean singer/songwriter Mon Laferte took home the prize for best alternative song, which marked a major milestone for the “Amárrame” songstress whose song features Juanes.

“This is my first Latin Grammy,” Laferte said, as she clutched her trophy. “It’s okay to cry the first time, right? Thank you to the entire team …  Juanes for being so generous. I am so nervous, I am happy, and thank you for voting for my song.”

Mexican singer/songwriter Natalia Lafourcade’s Musas took home two awards including best folk album and best long music video for “Musas, El Documental,” while Lila DownsSalón, Lágrimas y Deseo won for best traditional pop vocal album.

Downs, also an activist who recently brought awareness to disaster relief efforts in her native Mexico, singled out her husband and musical collaborator Paul Cohen in an emotional speech.

“I want to thank him for life recognition of music and also [recognize] my dear Oaxaca,” said Downs, who ended her speech by telling the audience to look out for “all the dangerous women in the world.”

Marc Anthony also took home an award for best Latin children’s album for Marc Anthony for Babies. Colombian rock band Diamante Eléctronico won for best rock album (La Gran Oscilación) in addition to best rock song for “Déjala Rodar” in the category that was also won by Andrés Calamaro for “La Noche.”

Backstage Calamaro talked about a career in music, but when asked about how he wanted to be remembered, he didn't hesitate to lighten the mood.

“I want to be remembered for being sexually appealing until I am 100,” Calamaro joked with members of the press, but added that “it’s important to have a good attitude even when one loses because he’s lost many times before."

He added: “I’m a good loser. This is also an important time to connect with all those people I have met through the years. We are in the company of a good team."

For the full list of winners visit LatinGrammys.com.

BEST ROCK ALBUM

La Gran Oscilación - Diamante Eléctrico

BEST ROCK SONG (two winners)

“Déjala Rodar” - Juan Galeano, songwriter (Diamante Eléctrico)

“La Noche” - Andrés Calamaro, songwriter (Andrés Calamaro)

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

“Amárrame” – Mon Laferte, songwriter (Mon Laferte Featuring Juanes)            

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo - Lila Downs

BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO

 “Musas, El Documental” - Natalia Lafourcade

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Musas - Natalia Lafourcade

BEST URBAN FUSION/PERFORMANCE

 “Despacito (Remix)” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO

“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

BEST URBAN MUSIC ALBUM

Residente - Residente

BEST LATIN CHILDREN’S ALBUM

Marc Anthony for Babies - Various Artists

BEST CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION

“Sonata Del Decamerón Negro” - Leo Brouwer, composer (Mabel Millán)

BEST RECORDING PACKAGE

El Orisha De La Rosa - Carlos Dussán, Juliana Jaramillo, Juan Felipe Martínez & Claudio Roncoli, art directors (Magín Díaz)

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo - Lila Downs

BEST URBAN FUSION/PERFORMANCE

“Despacito (Remix)” - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE CHRISTIAN ALBUM

Acenda A Sua Luz - Aline Barros

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE ROCK OR ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

Jardim - Pomar - Nando Reis

BEST SAMBA/PAGODE ALBUM

+ Misturado - Mart'nália

BEST MPB (MUSICA POPULAR BRASILEIRA) ALBUM

Dos Navegantes - Edu Lobo, Romero Lubambo, Mauro Senise

BEST SERTANEJA MUSIC ALBUM

Daniel - Daniel

BEST BRAZILIAN ROOTS ALBUM

 Ao Vivo - Melodias Do Sertão - Bruna Viola

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE SONG

“Trevo (Tu)” - Ana Caetano & Tiago Iorc, songwriters (AnaVitória feat. Tiago Iorc)

BEST PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE CONTEMPORARY POP ALBUM

 Troco Likes Ao Vivo: Um Filme De Tiago Iorc - Tiago Iorc

BEST FOLK ALBUM

Musas - Natalia Lafourcade

BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Spain Forever - Michel Camilo & Tomatito

BEST TANGO ALBUM

Solo Buenos Aires - Fernando Otero

BEST FLAMENCO ALBUM

Memoria De Los Sentidos - Vicente Amigo

BEST LATIN JAZZ/JAZZ ALBUM

Dance of Time - Eliane Elias

BEST SALSA ALBUM

Salsa Big Band - Rubén Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

BEST CUMBIA/VALLENATO ALBUM

Ni Un Paso Atrás - Jorge Celedón y Sergio Luis Rodríguez

BEST CONTEMPORARY TROPICAL ALBUM

Bidimensional - Guaco

BEST TRADITIONAL TROPICAL ALBUM

To Beny Moré With Love - Jon Secada Featuring The Charlie Sepúlveda Big Band

BEST TROPICAL FUSION ALBUM

Olga Tañón Y Punto - Olga Tañón

BEST TROPICAL SONG

“Bachata En Kingston” - Vicente García, songwriter (Vicente García)

BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER ALBUM

 A La Mar - Vicente García (SECOND WIN TODAY)

BEST BANDA ALBUM

Ayer y Hoy - Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga

BEST NORTEÑO ALBUM

 Piénsalo - Los Palominos

BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN SONG

“Siempre Es Así” - Juan Treviño, songwriter (Juan Treviño Featuring AJ Castillo)

BEST CHRISTIAN ALBUM (SPANISH LANGUAGE)

 Momentos - Alex Campos

BEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO

“Despacito” - Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee