Enrique Iglesias nabbed three trophies at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday (20Nov14) and accepted his prizes from halfway around the world. The Hero hitmaker was the big winner at the prizegiving at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but he was not able to pick up his honours in person because he was in Antwerp, Belgium as part of his ongoing Sex and Love tour.
Iglesias claimed the night's Best Urban Performance and Best Urban Song prizes before the ceremony for his hit Bailando, and during the main show, he scored the coveted Song of the Year accolade.
He was able to give an acceptance speech live via satellite from the Sportpaleis Antwerpen venue and later, a pre-taped performance of his Grammy-winning track with Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona during his concert in Madrid last week (15Nov14) ended the ceremony.
Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 were up for nine awards but only walked away with two - Best Urban Music Album for MultiViral and Best Alternative Song for El Aguante, which they performed at the beginning of the show.
Other multiple-trophy winners included Carlos Vives (Best Contemporary Tropical Album and Best Tropical Song) and the late Paco de Lucia, who died in February (14), aged 66. His wife, Gabriela Carrasco, and her children accepted his prizes for Album of the Year and Best Flamenco Album.
Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat was named the Person of the Year in recognition of his career achievements.
Meanwhile, the night was filled with 20 performances from some of Latin music's biggest artists, including memorable collaborations between Pitbull, Wisin and Chris Brown, Ricky Martin and Camila, Marc Anthony and Magic!, and Pepe Aguilar and Miguel Bose, while Pitbull also joined forces with Carlos Santana, and Anthony returned for a duet with Vives.
The ceremony, which was hosted by actors Eugenio Derbez and Jacqueline Bracamontes, was delayed by almost 20 minutes as organisers had to wait for the end of U.S. President Barack Obama's televised speech to the nation about immigration reform.
The full list of 2014 Latin Grammy Awards winners is:
Record Of The Year - Universos Paralelos by Jorge Drexler featuring Ana Tijoux
Album of the Year - Cancion Andaluza by Paco de Lucia
Song of the Year - Bailando by Enrique Iglesias
Best New Artist - Mariana Vega
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album - Elypse by Camila
Best Musica Popular Brasileira Album - Coracao A Batucar by Maria Rita
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Fonseca Sinfonico by Fonseca
Best Urban Performance - Bailando by Enrique Iglesias
Best Urban Music Album - MultiViral by Calle 13
Best Urban Song - Bailando by Enrique Iglesias
Best Rock Album - Agua Maldita by Molotov
Best Pop/Rock Album - Loco De Amor by Juanes
Best Rock Song - Cuando No Estas by Andres Calamaro
Best Alternative Music Album - Romantisismico by Babasonicos
Best Alternative Song - El Aguante by Calle 13
Best Salsa Album - 3.0 by Marc Anthony
Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album - Celedon Sin Fronteras 1 by Jorge Celedon & Varios Artistas
Best Contemporary Tropical Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best Traditional Tropical Album - Grandes Exitos De Las Sonoras, Con La Mas Grande, La Sonora Santanera by La Sonora Santanera
Best Tropical Song - Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar by Carlos Vives
Best Singer-Songwriter Album - Bailar En La Cueva by Jorge Drexler
Best Ranchero Album - Lastima Que Sean Ajenas by Pepe Aguilar
Best Banda Album - Haciendo Historia by La Banda el Recodo
Best Tejano Album - Forever Mazz by Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz
Best Norteno Album - Amor, Amor by Conjunto Primavera
Best Regional Song - De Mil Amores by Marco Antonio Solís
Best Instrumental Album - Final Night At Birdland by Arturo O'Farrill & The Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
Best Folk Album - Raiz by Lila Downs, Nina Pastori and Soledad
Best Tango Album - Tangos by Ruben Blades
Best Flamenco Album - Cancion Andaluza by Paco de Lucia
Best Latin Jazz Album - Tie: The Vigil by Chick Corea and Song For Maura by Paquito D'Rivera & Trio Corrente
Best Christian Album (Spanish Language) - La Carta Perfecta - En Vivo by Danilo Montero
Best Christian Album (Portuguese Language) - Graça by Aline Barros
Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album - Multishow Ao Vivo - Ivete Sangalo 20 by Ivete Sangalo
Best Brazilian Rock Album - Gigante Gentil by Erasmo Carlos
Best Samba/Pagode Album - Coracao A Batucar by Maria Rita
Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album - Verdade, Uma Ilusao by Marisa Monte
Best Sertaneja Music Album - Questao De Tempo by Sergio Reis
Best Brazilian Roots Album - Amigo Velho by Falamansa
Best Brazilian Song - A Bossa Nova É Foda by Caetano Veloso
Best Latin Children’s Album - Coloreando: Traditional Songs For Children In Spanish by Marta Gomez & Friends
Best Classical Album - Verdi by Placido Domingo
Best Classical Contemporary Composition - Concierto Para Violín y Orquesta De Cuerdas by Claudia Montero
Best Recording Package - Wed 21
Best Engineered Album - De Repente
Producer of the Year - Sergio George
Best Short Form Music Video - Flamingo by La Vida Boheme
Best Long Form Music Video - El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco - La Pelicula by Cafe Tacvba
Person of the Year - Joan Manuel Serrat
Bob Geldof wants to release solo versions of Do They Know It's Christmas? as he is so impressed by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith's unique performances on the collaborative single. The British stars contributed to the latest Band Aid track, which became the fastest selling single of 2014 after just two days of going on sale to help raise funds for victims of Ebola.
Geldof was bowled over by the singers' efforts and admits he was so "staggered" by their voices that he wants to release their individual efforts as solo tracks.
The Boomtown Rats star also praised the "rage and passion" of Sinead O'Connor's performance on the new single.
He tells Britain's Capital FM radio, "You're just there going, 'How do you sing like that? How is it possible?' There has to be individual versions of this. I was staggered by the voices. With Sam's version, Ed's version, you're just going to go, 'Wow'. They do it so different to what's in my head."
The new release, which also features stars including Bono, Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sande and Paloma Faith, follows previous revivals in 1989 and 2004.
Bob Geldof is celebrating after the latest Band Aid incarnation raised more than $1.6 million (£1 million) in pre-orders in the minutes after it premiered on Sunday night (16Nov14). The Boomtown Rats rocker unveiled the 30th anniversary version of Do They Know It's Christmas?, featuring One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay's Chris Martin, during the broadcast of British reality TV show The X Factor on Sunday evening and he urged the public to buy the single.
Geldof was amazed by the amount raised in download pre-orders following its TV debut, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "It's gone manic. That's the digital age.
"We promoted the single on X Factor, Simon Cowell gave us five minutes of the show last night. Within four or five minutes of leaving the show we had a million quid (pounds). That's extraordinary... From what we're seeing now from iTunes it's gone bonkers. The pre-orders of the thing were ridiculous."
The single was released on iTunes on Monday (17Nov14) and Geldof told Sky News that the music service "went down" a couple of times due to high demand.
Bob Geldof has conceded Adele did not take part in his Band Aid 30 project because she kept ignoring his phone calls. The Boomtown Rats rocker recruited a host of stars including One Direction, Bono, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran to record a new version of the Band Aid festive charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise funds for countries affected by the Ebola virus.
The singers headed to a recording studio in London on Saturday (15Nov14), but Adele, who was reported to have been on the list of participants, did not turn up, and chief organiser Geldof now admits he tried to get her involved but she was not interested.
He tells Britain's Sun on Sunday newspaper, "Adele is doing nothing, she's not answering the phone... she's not writing. She's not recording. She doesn't want to be bothered by anyone. She won't pick up the phone to her manager. She's bringing up a family, you know.
"Some people just don't want to do it... of course they agree with it, but it's not their way of doing something..."
A spokesman for Adele tells the newspaper, "Bob and the organisers spoke directly with her management but at no point was she confirmed. Adele is supporting Oxfam's Ebola Appeal with a donation."
The singers assembled at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill, London to record their vocals and to make a similar music video to original 1984 version.
Geldof adds of the recording process, "The singers are just too f**king good to split up and say 'That's your line'... so we're getting them to do the track the way they want to. But it makes editing much harder."
The song will premiere during the broadcast of The X Factor U.K. on Sunday (16Nov14) and will be available to download from Monday (17Nov14).
Stars including Bono and One Direction gathered in London on Saturday (15Nov14) to record a new Band Aid single as it emerged Bob Geldof has re-written the lyrics to Do They Know It's Christmas? for the special fundraiser. The Boomtown Rats rocker is recreating his 1984 stunt, when the song was recorded in 24 hours with vocal contributions from the most famous pop stars of the day, before being rush-released.
U2 frontman Bono, who performed on the original hit, was in a London recording studio on Saturday and was due to be joined by a host of other stars including Chris Martin, One Direction, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sinead O'Connor, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and Paloma Faith.
They will record a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? to mark its 30th anniversary by raising money for the victims of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and it has emerged Geldof has tweaked the lyrics to his song to fit the occasion.
Most notably, the track's famous line "Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you" - sung by Bono on the original - has been changed to "Well tonight we're reaching out and touching you".
The lyric "Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears" has been replaced with "Where a kiss of love can kill you and there's death in every tear".
As the project gathered pace on Saturday and more stars continued to arrive at Sarm Studios - where the original Band Aid was recorded - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne confirmed to Geldof he will waive the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on the record.
The song will get its first airing on U.K. talent show The X Factor on Sunday night (16Nov4) before being made available to download on Monday (17Nov14). It will be released on CD in December (14).
Speaking outside the studio on Saturday, Geldof says, "I've just spoken to the Chancellor George Osborne and he's said we can have all the VAT back on the record. So 100 per cent of any income from this record, no tax whatsoever. If the government is prepared to do that, then come Monday at 8am when every station plays this track across the nation, buy this thing. Don't go looking for it free. Buy it."
Arriving at the studio, Bono told reporters he was running late because his flight had been delayed due to heavy fog, and joked he is having bad luck with planes following an earlier incident this week (beg10Nov14) when a rear door of his private jet sheared off during a journey to Berlin, Germany.
He says, "I just feel really embarrassed to be late. Not having a lot of luck with airplanes at the moment. It was fog."
One Direction star Niall Horan urged fans of the band to buy the single on its release, adding, "Hopefully it gets to number one and raises a lot of money for a really worthy cause."
Geldof said he was inspired to raise money to fight Ebola as victims in West Africa are dying because "they're extremely poor, which is radically unacceptable. It makes me sick and makes me angry."
The original Band Aid single raised $12.8 million (£8 million) for famine relief in Africa in 1984. It has been re-recorded for charity twice since then - in 1989 and 2004.
The reworked 30th anniversary Band Aid charity single and video will debut on British talent show The X Factor on Sunday (16Nov14), just a day after stars like One Direction and Ed Sheeran gather to record the track. Cameras will capture the celebrities arriving and recording the new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? at an undisclosed studio on Saturday (15Nov14), and the promo will air in the U.K. on Sunday night.
The single will be available to download from 8am on Monday (17Nov14), raising funds for the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in west Africa.
Singing alongside One Direction and Sheeran will be Emeli Sande and Coldplay's Chris Martin, while U2 rocker Bono, who appeared on the first version of the charity track in 1984, will reprise his vocals on the new record.
Enrique Iglesias will perform at the Latin Grammy Awards via satellite from Europe. The Hero hitmaker's performance with Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona will be beamed live from the Sportpaleis Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium during the ceremony in Las Vegas on 20 November (14).
Iglesias' touring partner Pitbull will also be a big part of the event - he'll team up with Santana for another of the night's performance highlights.
Meanwhile, Magic! will hit the stage with Marc Anthony, Wisin will team up with Chris Brown and Pitbull, and Regional Mexican star Pepe Aguilar and Spanish pop icon Miguel Bose will appear together at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The show will also feature performances by leading nominees Calle 13, Ricky Martin, Juanes, J Balvin, Person of the Year Joan Manuel Serrat and other stars.
Puerto Rican rapper Eduardo Cabra and songwriter/producer Andres Castro lead all nominees with 10 and eight, respectively.
British rockers Foals have been forced to back out of plans to appear on Bob Geldof's new Band Aid 30 charity single. Geldof's longtime collaborator Midge Ure included the band's name on a list of contributors for a 30th anniversary rendition of hit song Do They Know It's Christmas? during a press conference on Monday (10Nov14), but now a spokesperson for the group reveals they never actually signed on, because they are scheduled to work on their own music on Saturday (15Nov14), when musicians including Chris Martin, Bono, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and One Direction will gather at a London studio to record the track with producer Paul Epworth.
Confirming the news, a Band Aid 30 representative tells NME.com, "With a project such as Band Aid there are lots of conversations going on at any one point, and whoever was presented with Foals' name was inaccurately informed as conversations with the group were in their infancy.
"We would have liked them to be present because they're a great band, but it wasn't logistically possible. They told us that regrettably they aren't able to participate."
The new cover of Do They Know It's Christmas? will debut on British reality show The X Factor on Sunday (16Nov14).
Prince Harry bombarded rocker Dave Grohl with text messages urging his band Foo Fighters to sign up to perform at a charity event earlier this year (14). The U.S. rockers played a set at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in London in September (14) after receiving a personal invitation from the British royal, who had organised the event.
Now Grohl has revealed he was left with no choice but to agree to join the bill after the prince sent him daily cell phone text messages begging him to play.
Grohl tells British TV programme The One Show, "That all came about because Chris (Martin) from Coldplay texted me once and said, 'Hey, is it okay if I give Prince Harry your phone number?' and I said, 'Yeah, I guess' (and was thinking) 'What does he want?'
"So Prince Harry texted me and said, 'I want to talk to you about this show we are putting on,' so we talked on the phone about the Invictus Games and he said some of the lads really love the band and he would really love us to come and play at the Invictus Games...
"And he texted me almost every day to say, like, 'Are you gonna play?', 'Are you gonna play?', 'Are you gonna play?'. So I called my manager (and said), 'We've got to confirm the date, man!'... (Prince Harry) is the nicest guy in the world. He did such a good thing for those soldiers."
The Invictus Games involved more than 400 wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing against each other in nine disciplines including swimming, archery, and cycling. The closing ceremony at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also featured sets from Bryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, Kaiser Chiefs, and former soldier James Blunt.
Jennifer Aniston's hairstylist Chris McMillan has secretly married his boyfriend Martin Sevillano in a private ceremony in Hawaii. The low-key nuptials took place earlier this month (Nov14), a year after the couple met, reports People.com. McMillan, famous for creating the former Friends star's 'The Rachel' cut, has also worked with actresses Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz and Michelle Williams.