Despite rain and the cancellation of the famous green carpet, the 2013 Latin Grammy pre-telecast opened with a highly spirited performance by Venezuelan band La Vida Bohème, who later took the prize for best rock album. Sergio George was crowned producer of the year.
The high-energy early show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas moved swiftly with Mexico pop singer Natalia Lafourcade and neotango Argentinean/Uruguayan band Bajofondo taking awards for best alternative music album and best instrumental album, respectively.
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“We are not a mainstream group or pop,” Bajofondo’s Juan Campodonico said. “This makes the recognition by the academy even more important.”
Lafourcade took prizes for best alternative music album and best long form music video for “Mujer Divina: Homenaje a Agustin Lara.” The songstress was overcome with emotion as she walked up to the stage to remember the late Lara for his inspiration.
“Thank you, flaquito,” Lafourcade said, thanking the legendary Mexican singer/songwriter with his “skinny” nickname. In a backstage interview, she added, “I dedicate these awards to my family — the Sony team and everyone who helped make this happen.”
Other wins during the pre-telecast included best Brazilian rock album going to “Ao Vivo: Rock in Rio” by Jota Quest and best Brazilian song going to singer/songwriter Roberto Carlos for Esse Cara Sou Eu.
Best pop/rock album went to Chilean singer Beto Cuevas for “Transformación” and best rock song went to Cachorro Lopez and Vicentico for “Creo Que Me Enamore.”
Best tropical album went to Dominican singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra for “Asondeguerra Tour,” best traditional tropical album went to Arturo Sandoval’s “Un Siglo de Pasion” and best tropical song went to Andres Castro and Carlos Vives for “Volvi a Nacer.”
“Best ranchero album went to Vicente Fernandez’s “Hoy,” best regional song went to Pedro Fernandez for “Cachito de Cielo” (a track from “No Que No”) and best Tejano album went to David Lee Garza for “Just Friends.”
“This was a dream for me,” Lee said as he accepted his award. Later in a backstage interview, the crooner said enthusiastically that “we’ve been nominated several times and we never won until now.”
Best short form music video went to singer/songwriter Alex Cuba’s “Eres Tu” with directors Christian Bielz and Taylor Fox.
“This award is very important for me because it really was a community effort,” Cuba said, referring to people who supported the project. “We are going to have to celebrate for a week.”
Mexican singer/actress Lucero, who hosted the Latin Grammys, took time to meet with the press backstage and said that the rain did not dampen any spirits. “I think the rain is a good sign,” Lucero said. “It’s rare that it rains in Las Vegas. What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. So no one tell anyone it rained.”
For a complete list of the winners, go to LatinGrammy.com.