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The Latin Grammy Awards rocked Las Vegas on Thursday night , with dazzling performances by Pitbull and Alejandro Sanz among others, plus big wins by lovable Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy. But not everything during the broadcast, so here are highlights from backstage.
Joy to the World: Eat Pizza: Jesse & Joy said backstage that they wrote their hit "Corre" with Tommy Torres in Miami over a greasy pizza. "That's the secret [to winning]," explained Joy, beaming after four wins for the brother-sister act.
F-CK YEA!: Did you think Carla Morrison's acceptance speech was a little abbreviated? It was. After saying "Viva Mexico!" Morrison added, "Y Chingada madre," which loosely translates to "F--k A." Yep. Univision cut that last part out. "Well, I don't f--k around," Morrison clarified backstage. In case her love of Mexico was in doubt, the alt singer/songwriter tattooed an accordion on her bicep earlier this year.
JUANES' LITTLE NINJA: Juanes' daughters Paloma and Luna, are interested in painting and music, respectively. But his son Dante is into motorcycles and Ninjas. "It's something totally different," said the singer.
LMFAO + 3BallMTY = PARTY: Backstage at the Media Center SkyBlu of LMFAO said that he's looking to expand into the Latin music genre. He performed with the Mexican DJ collective 3BallMTY during the Latin Grammy telecast and says Latin music inspires him. And even though the guys from 3BallMTY may be too young to drink, they're not to young to foray into business. Sources say they're launching a label and have signed their first artist.
MR. INDEPENDENT: Both Pepe Aguilar and Gianmarco spoke proudly about independence backstage. "I've been independent seven years," said Gianmarco, winner of the best singer/songwriter album. "I'm independent," said Aguilar. "I've been independent for 12 years. You can do it."
WHEREFORE ART THOU, HAT: Juan Luis Guerra picked up his Latin Grammy for album of the year alongside Juanes without his perpetual hat! What happened to it? "I put on the hat when I play bachata and merengue and I take it off for parties," he said backstage. Guerra also confessed he was planning on recording an unplugged album until he produced the Juanes MTV Unplugged. "It's a lot of work," he says. "Now, I'm letting that idea wait a bit."
GRAMMYS ON THE MOVE: Were you wondering why Latin Grammy events took place in so many different locales this year? Space issues, said Latin Academy president Gabriel Abaroa. As attendance has risen, space has shrunk. Not sure what this means for the future though. The Academy's contract in Vegas is up, so the award show could go to a different city. Mum's the word on what's being considered.
FINALLY, A SUSHI REFERENCE: Regional Mexican icons Tucanes de Tucanes de Tijuana won best norteño album but not signing corridos, the flavor du jour, but for more romantic fare. Although the group is also known for its hard-core corridos, singer Mario Quintero acknowledges they're not for everyone (ergo the change in style from album to album). "Norteño is like sushi," he said. "Not everybody has a taste for it."