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A Latin Grammy Award is an award by
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to recognize outstanding achievement in the
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. The Latin Grammy honors works produced anywhere around the world that were recorded in either
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or
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and is awarded in the United States. Submissions of products recorded in languages, dialects or idiomatic expressions recognized in Ibero-America and the Iberian Peninsula, such as
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,
Basque Basque may refer to: * Basques, an ethnic group of Spain and France * Basque language, their language Places * Basque Country (greater region), the homeland of the Basque people with parts in both Spain and France * Basque Country (autonomous comm ...
,
GalicianGalician may refer to: * Something of, from, or related to Galicia (Spain) ** Galician language ** Galician people ** Gallaeci, a large Celtic tribal federation who inhabited Gallaecia (currently Galicia (Spain) * Something of, from, or related to ...
,
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,
Nahuatl Nahuatl (; )The Classical Nahuatl word (noun stem ''nāhua'', + absolutive ''-tl'' ) is thought to mean "a good, clear sound" This language name has several spellings, among them náhuatl (the standard spelling in the Spanish language),() Nao ...
, Guarani,
Quechua Quechua may refer to: *Quechua people, several indigenous ethnic groups in South America, especially in Peru *Quechuan languages, a Native South American language family spoken primarily in the Andes, derived from a common ancestral language **Sou ...
or
Mayan Mayan most commonly refers to: * Maya peoples, various indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica and northern Central America * Maya civilization, pre-Columbian culture of Mesoamerica and northern Central America * Mayan languages, language family spoken i ...
may be accepted by a majority vote. Both the regular
Grammy Award The Grammy Award (stylized as GRAMMY, originally called Gramophone Award), or just Grammy, is an award presented by the Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual prese ...
and the Latin Grammy Award have similar nominating and voting processes, in which the selections are decided by peers within the Latin music industry. The first annual Latin Grammys ceremony was held at the
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in
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on September 13, 2000. Broadcast by
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CBS
, that first ceremony became the first primarily
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program carried on an English language American television network. The most recent ceremony, the
21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards The 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards were remotely on Thursday, November 19, 2020 and broadcast on Univision. Functionally similar to the MTV Video Music Awards or the Premios Juventud gala, the 2020 Latin Grammy ceremony was anchored from the Ameri ...
, was held on November 19, 2020 at
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in
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. Since 2005, the awards have been broadcast in the United States by
Univision Univision () is an American Spanish-language free-to-air television network owned by Univision Communications. It is the United States' largest provider of Spanish-language content. The network's programming is aimed at the Latino public and inc ...
. In 2013, 9.8 million people watched the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision, making the channel a top- three network for the night in the U.S.


History

The
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(now
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) was formed by the
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; abbreviated NARAS) is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awar ...
(now
The Recording Academy The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; abbreviated NARAS) is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awar ...
) in 1997. It was founded by Michael Greene and Producers & Songwriters
Rudy Pérez Rudy Amado Pérez (born May 17, 1958) is a Cuban-born American musician, songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, sound engineer, musical director and singer, as well as entertainment entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His area of specialty is ball ...
& Mauricio Abaroa. Rudy Pérez was the Grammy Florida chapter's first President of the Board. The concept of a separate Grammy Awards for
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began in 1989. According to organizers, the Latin Grammy Awards was established as the
Latin music Latin music (Portuguese and es, música latina) is a term used by the music industry as a catch-all genre for various styles of music from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States, as well as music sung in Spanish or Portuguese langua ...
universe was deemed too large to fit on the Grammy Awards. The Latin Recording Academy defines Latin music as music in Spanish or Portuguese. The Latin Grammy Awards mainly encompasses music from
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,
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,
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and the
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. In 2000, it was announced that the
1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards The 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Wednesday, September 13, 2000. The big winners were Luis Miguel, Santana and Maná with 3 awards; Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Fito Páez and Emilio Estefan Jr. rece ...
would take place at the
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on September 13, 2000. On July 7, 2000, the nominations were announced in
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, Florida, United States. The Latin Grammys were introduced with over 39 categories included limited to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking recordings. The first telecast took place at the Staples Center and was broadcast. The following year's show was canceled due to the
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, which was the same day the show was to take place. In 2002, the academy elected its first independent Board of Trustees. In
2005 2005 was designated as the International Year for Sport and Physical Education and the International Year of Microcredit. 2005 was also the end of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995–2005). Events January * Jan ...
, the broadcast was moved from CBS to
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where the whole telecast was in Spanish. Voting members live in various regions in the US and outside of the US including Latin America and Iberia. For a recording to be eligible for a nomination, it must have at least 51% of its content recorded in Spanish or Portuguese and commercially released in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Spain, or Portugal. Products recorded in languages and dialects from
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such as Catalan, Basque, Galician, Valencian, Nahuatl, Guarani, Quechua or Mayan may be accepted by majority vote of the committees of the Latin Recording Academy. The Latin Recording Academy also accepts Latin instrumental music from Ibero-America as well as compositions that have been composed or interpreted by an Iberian American musician. The eligibility period is June 1 to May 30 for a respective awards ceremony. Recordings are first entered and then reviewed to determine the awards they are eligible for. Following that, nominating ballots are mailed to voting members of the academy. The votes are tabulated and the five recordings in each category with the most votes become the nominees. Final voting ballots are sent out to voting members and the winners are determined. Winners are later announced at the Latin Grammy Awards. The current President & CEO of the
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is
Gabriel AbaroaGabriel Abaroa Jr. is the current president & CEO of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS), which presents the Latin Grammy Awards. LARAS was established in 1997 and the first Latin Grammy Awards took place in 2000. Career Before jo ...
, who is related to Mauricio, one of the founders. Altogether there are three events: the Life Achievement when renowned artists are honored for lifetime achievement; Person of the Year, when one artist is honored at a gala dinner, and Grammy itself, an award that brings together artists from all over Latin America and Iberia and that today is broadcast live to 80 countries, including Brazil, by channel Univision ( TNT in Brazil).


Awards


Award categories

Alike from the Grammy Award there is a general field consisting of four genre-less award categories: *
Record of the Year The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without rega ...
is awarded to the performer and the production team of a single song. * Album of the Year is awarded to the performer and the production team of a full album. * Song of the Year is awarded to the writer(s)/composer(s) of a single song. *Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Best New Artist is awarded to an artist without reference to a song or album. The rest of the fields are genre-specific. Special non-competitive awards are also given out for more long-lasting contributions to the Latin music industry. The first telecast had 40 awards presented however the following year 38 awards were presented. The most recent telecast in 2010 had a total of 46 awards presented.


Ceremonies


Leading winners

With 21 Latin Grammy Awards, Calle 13 (band), Calle 13 have won the most Latin Grammy Awards. Juanes, with 19 Latin Grammy Awards, holds the record for most awards won by a solo artist. Natalia Lafourcade is the biggest winner among female artists with 13 awards. The Italian singer Laura Pausini, with 4 Latin Grammys, holds instead the record for most awards won by a non-latin artist.


Criticism

As with its Grammy Awards counterpart, the Latin Grammy Awards has also received criticism from various recording artists and music journalists. Upon the announcement of the Latin Grammy Awards in 1999, several musical journalists raised concerns about the awards being used as a marketing tool by the mainstream media. Manny S. Gonzalez of the ''Vista En L.A'' felt that the award would just be used to advertise artists being promoted by Emilio Estefan. The lack of categories for non Spanish and Portuguese-speaking music has been criticized, namely by artists who consider their work to be "Latin" but are not eligible for a Latin Grammy including those from Haiti (who have compared their compas music to merengue music from the Dominican Republic but is sung in French-based creole languages, French Creole) and Celtic musicians from the Galicia (Spain), Galicia and Asturias regions of Spain. The linguistic requirement has also been criticized by Tony Succar whose album, ''Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson'', was not eligible for a Latin Grammy Award despite the album being recorded in salsa music. In response to the criticism, a spokesman for the Latin Recording Academy stated: "The Latin Recording Academy considers music based on the contents of the recording itself -- the technical elements that go into the art of music making -- not based on how a recording or an artist is marketed externally." In 2001, Cuban exiles living in Miami protested at the Latin Grammy Awards for allowing musicians living in Cuba to perform at the stage. This resulted in the Latin Grammys being moved to
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for the second annual awards (which would in the end be canceled in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks). Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco de Vita called the Latin Grammys "fake and a lie" and stated that if he were to win the award, he would not accept it. He later received a Latin Grammy for his album ''En Primera Fila''. American musician Willie Colón observed the relationship between the Latin Grammys and major Latin record labels. Mexican singer-songwriter Aleks Syntek noted that Mexican artists in general were apathetic towards the awards. The Latin Grammys was met with backlash at the 2019 awards ceremony when none of the urbano artists were nominated in the general categories despite its popularity. This led to several reggaeton artists including Daddy Yankee and J Balvin to boycott the event. The Latin Recording Academy responded to criticism by requesting the "leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy."


Ceremony locations

The Latin Grammy Awards are held annually in Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas. The ceremony has been held there annually since 2009 and was first held there in 2007. The ceremony spent its first few years being held in
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and in 2003 took place in
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. The ceremony had also been held once in New York City and Houston. In Las Vegas the ceremony has been held at three different venues over the years; the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the T-Mobile Arena.


See also

*List of Grammy Award categories#Latin, List of Grammy Award categories § Latin


References


Further reading

*"Spanish broadcast for Latin Grammys". (November 5, 2005). ''New Straits Times'', p. 26.


External links


The Latin Recording Academy Official Site
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