Dvicio band member, Andrés Ceballos, received major backlash and criticism after he announced the late singer Juan Gabriel‘s Los Dúo 2 as the album of the year winner during the Latin Grammys pre-telecast ceremony last Thursday (Nov. 17) and stood there as if waiting to Gabriel to appear, making it seem like he had no idea the Mexican singer had passed away.
“He’s not here,” Ceballos said after waiting a couple of seconds for someone to pick up the award. “The Academy will make sure he receives this award.”
Over the weekend, the Spanish singer took to social media to address his Latin Grammys blunder.
“I’ve made self-criticism. I watched the video yesterday and again today and to be honest, I did a horrible job. I communicated in a way that not even I understand what I was trying to say, so I totally understand why people don’t understand anything either,” he wrote. “I made it seem like I was waiting for Juan Gabriel to appear or something like that. I’m not trying to excuse myself but I was just waiting for his producer or someone else to pick up the award in his name. That was not understood and now I want to apologize to those who feel offended, but I don’t want to punish myself and I don’t like those who punish others.”
Adding: “We had the opportunity to see Juan Gabriel perform before he passed, he was one of the great ones in music and those never leave us,” he explains in the post captioned. “An unforgettable moment, without a doubt. But with a lot of learning.”
Check out Ceballos’ faux pas moment below: