15 Years of the Latin Grammys: The Most Memorable Moments
Sept. 13, 2000Celia Cruz, wearing a b...
Sept. 13, 2000 Celia Cruz, wearing a blue wig and blue dress, kicks off the first Latin Grammys beside Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Broadcast on CBS, the first bilingual TV show in primetime also featured Jimmy Smits, Antonio Banderas and Christina Aguilera. The show lost money “but it’s the best investment the academy ever made,” said Michael Greene, then-president/CEO of the Recording Academy.
Sept. 11, 2001Julio Iglesias is feted...
Sept. 11, 2001 Julio Iglesias is feted as person of the year on Sept. 10. After the next day’s terrorist attacks, the Latin Grammys are canceled. Winners are announced a month later and Juanes wins a pivotal best new artist award.
Sept. 18, 2002Weakened by the previou...
Sept. 18, 2002 Weakened by the previous year’s cancellation, the awards show at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles draws half the ratings of its 2000 debut, despite performances by Shakira, Cruz and Carlos Vives and encore hosts Estefan and Smits. Spain’s Alejandro Sanz is the big winner.
Sept. 3, 2003Miami plays host at the ...
Sept. 3, 2003 Miami plays host at the American Airlines Arena and Gabriel Abaroa is named president of the Latin Recording Academy. While anti-Castro protests arise against performers coming from Cuba, no artists from the nation make it to the event. An irreverent George Lopez hosts and wears a T-shirt that reads “Cuba B.C. (Before Castro).” Spain’s David Bisbal wins best new artist.
Sept. 1, 2004Award categories increas...
Sept. 1, 2004 Award categories increase to 43, but ratings dip. Alejandro Sanz, the big winner, is a no-show at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. But Colombian star Soraya, in remission from the breast cancer that would kill her in 2006, wins the only Latin Grammy of her career in the new singer-songwriter album category. “I’m standing here as a fighter,” she tells the crowd, “and representing the fight in many people who are striving to be better.”
Nov. 3, 2005The show gambles big and ...
Nov. 3, 2005 The show gambles big and wins bigger at the Shrine Auditorium, expanding to three hours and attracting 5.1 million viewers in its first Univision broadcast, nearly double from the year before. Reclusive Spanish singer Bebe wins best new artist and debuts on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart following her performance.
Nov. 2, 2006New York Mayor Michael Bl...
Nov. 2, 2006 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets the Madison Square Garden audience with “Hasta la vista.” The show yields 5.7 million average viewers, the highest ratings since year one. While Shakira wins big for Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1, Calle 13 makes waves in its best new artist acceptance speech: “I’m so happy, I have to pee,” says the duo’s Rene Perez.
Nov. 8, 2007At the ceremony’s L...
Nov. 8, 2007 At the ceremony’s Las Vegas debut at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Ricky Martin kicks off the show with Blue Man Group while Calle 13 closes it with 40 people onstage. “I saw Ricky Martin -- I can die happy,” says Natalia Jimenez, after winning a Grammy with her band La Quinta Estacion.
Nov. 13, 2008At the Toyota Center in ...
Nov. 13, 2008 At the Toyota Center in Houston, lyrics are projected on giant screens. “It’s the first time we did that,” Abaroa says. “It was an homage to the songwriter, prompted in part by the profoundness of the lyrics.” Cafe Tacuba gets the most nominations and wins album of the year.
Nov. 5, 2009Mexican star Juan Gabriel...
Nov. 5, 2009 Mexican star Juan Gabriel dances on the tables during his person of the year celebration. “I’m such a big fan of Juan Gabriel’s that I even wore a tie,” says Enrique Iglesias.
Nov. 11, 2010Newcomer Camila, a Mexic...
Nov. 11, 2010 Newcomer Camila, a Mexican trio, wins in three major categories. Juan Luis Guerra calls for “justice and integrity” for Latin countries while picking up album of the year.
Nov. 10, 2011Calle 13 performs with t...
Nov. 10, 2011 Calle 13 performs with the Los Angeles Symphony and Gustavo Dudamel and wins a record nine awards. Backstage, Calle 13’s Perez declares payola “does exist and I don’t care if thousands of stations hate me for saying it. ... What we care about is making music and giving it free to the people.”
Nov. 15, 2012Pitbull opens and closes...
Nov. 15, 2012 Pitbull opens and closes the show, beginning by rapping his way through his club-friendly radio hit “Don’t Stop the Party” and ending with Sensato and Sak Noel on “Crazy People.” The nomination pool grows to 10 in the main categories.
Nov. 21, 2013Eleven years after his p...
Nov. 21, 2013 Eleven years after his previous Latin Grammy performance and 10 years since his last album, Carlos Vives (pictured) wins three awards including song of the year. Robi Rosa’s duets album, Vida, a celebration of his life following a cancer battle, wins album of the year. (Rosa is now cancer-free.)
Nov. 20, 2014The traditional Latina c...
Nov. 20, 2014 The traditional Latina coming-of-age party called quinceañera celebrates a girl’s 15th birthday, and the Latin Grammys will fete such a milestone on Nov. 20. The leading nominees for the 15th annual edition are Calle 13, Vives, Enrique Iglesias and Andres Castro, and performers include Pablo Alboran with Jesse & Joy, Camila with Martin, and J Balvin.