The 2018 Latin Grammys had lots of wonderful moments. We saw a variety of golden gramophones being handed out to winners in the pop, urban, regional Mexican and tropical genres. We saw performers, including Bad Bunny and Ozuna, deliver new versions of their hottest hits. And we saw Rosalia, in a pink puffy quinceañera dress, nabbing two wins.
With that said, here are the best and worst moments at the 19th annual Latin Grammy, which aired live Thursday night on Univision.
BEST: A wave of new Latin Grammy winners
The 2018 Latin Grammys blessed many artists with their first-ever award. Just from the telecast, we saw Maluma, Karol G, Victor Manuelle and Rosalia get their first Grammy. At the pre-ceremony, Christian Nodal and Aymee Nuviola were also revealed as first-ever winners.
BEST: Rosalia’s acceptance speech
When receiving the Latin Grammy for best urban fusion/performance for “Malamente,” Rosalia gave a shout-out to the women in music she looks up to, including Bjork. “Every woman in the industry has taught me that yes, we can — and thanks to them, I am here,” she said.
BEST: Karol G & Papa G
One of the sweetest moments of the night was when Karol G was named best new artist and took her dad onstage. She said 100 percent of her success is thanks to her dad. After Karol G gave her speech, Papa G gave one too.
BEST: Two best Norteño album winners
Not one, but two. Calibre 50’s Guerra de Poder and Grupo Pesado’s Los Angeles Existen were both awarded for best Norteño album, proving that the Latin Recording Academy are suckers for Regional Mexican music.
BEST: J Balvin vouches for new talent
During his acceptance speech for best urban album with Vibras, J Balvin sent a very important message. “Let’s not kill the dreams of new composers and producers. Let’s value new blood, because we’re the future of music,” he said. “Obviously, respecting our legendary artists, but it’s time to create new legends.”
BEST: Angela Aguilar’s enchanting performance
At only 14 years old, Angela Aguilar proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Flaunting her Mexican roots through a gorgeous folk dress, Pepe Aguilar’s daughter took the Latin Grammy stage to give an impeccable performance of her single “La Llorona.” As a two-time nominee, Angela is someone to keep on your radar.
WORST: Miguel Bosé’s voice
Miguel Bosé is an icon, but fans were concerned after he got onstage to present the Latin Grammys’ person of the year, Maná. His hoarse voice and pauses between phrases were quite alarming, leaving fans to question his health on social media.
la voz de Miguel Bosé es aterradora.
— Jhon F. Palomino (@IMJHONF) November 16, 2018
WORST: Luis Miguel gets booed
One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Luis Miguel’s Mexico Por Siempre won album of the year, beating out Ozuna’s Odisea. While Thalia, who presented the award, was ecstatic to see her longtime friend take the title, the crowd did not hold back their “boos.” Now, we ask: Were the boos because Miguel wasn’t at the ceremony or because someone else should’ve won the award?