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LAG VEGAS (AP) – Uruguayan Jorge Drekler held Latin Grammis on Thursday, awarding three awards, including the song and record of the year for "Telephony" at a ceremony at which other stars used their platform to promote messages of unity and justice.
Drekler also won the best album of singers and poets with "Salvavidas de Hielo". Rosalia's Spanish sensation followed two awards, the best urban fusion / performance and the best alternative song, for the flamenco and trap hit "Malamente".
"I do not know what to say," Drexler said when he received the latest "Telefonia" award, which he also played during the ceremony with Mon Laferte, Natalia Lafourcade and El David Aguilar, all playing string instruments.
Rosalia said she owed her success to Flamenco, which she described as her "foundation," and devoted her rewards to her brother and other women in the music industry who "made it to take power".
"I will not stop fighting until I see the same number of men and women in the studio," she said. "Without them, I would not be here."
Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin passed the red carpet as the leader of the evening in a nomination with eight heads, but only brought home the trophy for the best urban music album.
Latin grammars are known as a reward in which artists take political views. During the show and interviews behind the scene, artists allude to topics such as immigration and violence that affect several countries.
"In these times of crisis, art becomes a medium that reminds us of the urgency of justice and the need to find solutions calling for unity … tolerance and inclusion," said Ana de la Reguera in front of a northeast group of Caliber 50 "Corrido de Juanito", which talk about the man who emigrated to the United States
The Mexican rock band Mana, honored Wednesday as the personality of the year at the Academy for Latin Academy of Film, also took the stage with a series that included his hits "Labios Compartidos" and "Clavado en un Bar".
The Academy honored the achievements and contributions of the Latin community and support the protection of the environment and human rights.
"We will continue to fight for the rights of immigrants who made a great country in the last century," said lead singer Fher Olvera, citing the United States. "It's a difference for this country that is so big as it is. We will fight for Mother Earth, we fight for the rights of women and we will continue to struggle to make songs from our hearts and souls."
The band has used the opportunity to announce that after two years without a live game, they will start the world tour next year.
Marc Anthony, Vill Smith and Bad Bunny started the evening with the performance of their powerful single "Esta Rico".
Laura Pausini won the best traditional pop vocal album "Hazte Sentir", while the trophy for the best salsa album won Victor Manuel with "25/7".
"Dad, this is for you," said Manuel, after mentioning his death earlier this year.
In love with Latin Grams for the best new artist he went to Karol G. He won nine other artists, including Angela Aguilar, Anaadi, El David Aguilar and Alek Ferreira.
Most of the night prizes were presented during the pre-telecast ceremony. Among those who went with the trophies were Lafourcade for the best folk album with "Musas (un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos), Vol.2" Aterciopelados for the best alternative album with Claroscura – their first album for a decade – and Linda Briceno, who became the first woman to start as the producer of the year.
"I'm very grateful," Lafourcade said after winning her trophy. "I want to dedicate this to Mexico, Latin America, to all our brothers who come to Mexico, who come with many places, who are going through difficult times. Our heart is with you."
Absence from the ceremony, extreme private Luis Miguel won the album album of the year with "¡Mekico por siempre!" Pablo Alboran (Prometo), Drekler (Salvavidas de hielo), Kani Garcia ("Soi io"), Lafourcade ("Musas, un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en nanos de Los Macorinos, Vol.2"), and Rosalen (" Cuando el rio suena … "), among other things.
After Thalia revealed Luis Miguel as a winner, the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena had a mixed reaction, with little fanfare and whistle because the star did not pick up its trophy.
"He is not here with us, but … hey, hey, calm down! I personally will deliver it to him," she said with a dip, which served to calm the crowd and create ovations.
The 19th Latin Grammis prize ceremony was live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Ratner-Arias reports from New York.
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